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MCN  says:

You ask/you answer: How can I convince my son his first 'proper' bike shouldn't be a sports 600?

My son understandably wants to get the fastest, coolest bike he can when he graduates from his 33bhp bike, but I feel strongly this is a bad idea, based at least in part of my own experiences of being a young lad. But if I really push it, the more he'd want it. What's the best approach? Your advice could help. Leave...

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Mar 10

Posts: 100

jahagon says:

A question of character

In my humble opinion it comes down to cost. Extoll the virtues of good fuel economy, long service intervals and cheaper insurance. Arguably it doesn't matter what 'first big bike' he gets, he'll still be many times faster than his mates in their clapped-out superminis, and pay less fo his insurance, road tax, MOT and services. Also: my first big bike was a Moto Guzzi 1100 California, am I a strange kid?

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Sep 10

Posts: 185

Apart from the obvious comment - the throttle works both ways ! . And  making sure he has had some good training , and trying to plant some common sense , there is not a lot you can  do , you can"t wrap them in cotton wool and any travelling by road has a element of danger . God knows what our mother thought when we went out on our bikes years ago . No helmets , we only wore them in extreme bad weather , maintainance was sub standard , tyres iffy and all our mates started on big bikes with "L" plates , my oldest brother on a 1000 Vincent with L "s   the only advantage was the traffic was extremely  light . All  lads who are into bikes will want the coolest , best looking bike no matter where they are on the biking ladder , and there is not a lot of difference between 600 sports bikes in looks to something [slightly] less pokey ! . Most  middle -weight stuff now will easily top 110 - 120 it"s just a question of "how it gets there " . Some sensible riding buddies is the way to go , or the prospective riders Dad , if he rides even better , till he gets some experience .

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