Hi guys (first post - yeah!),
Back in my teens and early twenties (when the dinosaurs still roamed the planet) I was a keen biker and went through a variety of machines, with my longest straight run of ownership being a Honda CBR600F (once I'd earned my full license) - which I ran for about two years. I also racked up a fair few miles on my mates CBR1000F.
But that was 15 years or so ago. Wifey talked me into giving up biking when our first child was born - she told me that she didn't want me making orphans of the kids (which I might well have done with my riding attitude back then).
Clock forward... today my kids are teenagers and the urge to ride (bikes!!!) has grown and grown (I realise that it never died, 'twas only sleeping). A recent all-too-short ride on a mates brand spanking new Triumph Speed Triple (awesome machine) renewed my passion and I immediately determined to get myself back on two wheels.
I am lusting over a GSX-R1000 (K5), adoring its aggressive looks and styling. I've plonked my behind on one in the local dealership and the bike just felt so right!
Naturally I've read countless reviews, trawled biker forums and spent hours glued to Gixxer vids on YouTube.
My question is this: having not ridden for so many years, would it be a reasonable prospect to start over on the big Gixxer (I understand it's a bit of a beast), or should I be looking to buy a smaller bike until I've reconditioned myself to two-wheeled travelling?
My heart, of course, says "go get the Gixxer, GO GET THE GIXXER!" - my head says, "whoa fella, gotta walk before you can run!"
Oh the fun of a mid-life crisis! :-)