I know right??! I like hearing newbies say that. Or when they say "I've been riding a few months now on my 250/300 and really just outgrew the bike and I NEED something bigger!".....bitch please. I know people that would run circles on a 300 around you on ANY bike you choose lol.
If I had a dollar for every person on a 600-1000 that I've passed on my little 500 or my friends' ninja 300s at the track, I could almost buy another bike right now! lol
I am still a new rider. I simply started this thread because I wanted to start my long research about bigger bikes. I have yet to sit on any and I am thinking it will be about a year until I do get around to making the purchase. I pretty much am set on the zx6r for now but I will have to see what feels better after I have test ridden different bikes.
I am sure you could run laps around me at the track as well. Even if you gave me a H2 or other performance liter bike because i would definitely not feel comfortable or confident on it.
As far as the commute to school. Since I graduated about 6 years ago from college I would not be needing it for that purpose. I would do the occasional to work but my job often requires me to move equipment between sites so I need my car 90% of the time. The bike would be recreational use for me and group rides with friends.
I was that overly confident dummy years ago too so I know from personal experience unfortunately. Get a 600..."I'll be responsible, will be used mostly for commuting to school"....1 week later, BRAAAAAAAPP....140 mph on a highway in town. Several months later...."oh I'm gonna sell it cuz I really want a big bike"...got a new 160 hp bike...BRAAAAAP...2 days later, crash!! A few weeks later, go to the track for the first time ever on my newly fixed 160 hp bike....made it in the top 5 slowest guys there. Got passed by almost everyone including people on much less powerful bikes.
Lesson learned...humility acquired lol
Is it naive that I already want a bigger bike? Absolutely, is it also my body, my money and my choice? Again absolutely. With that being said I am still in the research and understanding phase. It took me 2 years before I bought my ninja 300 and the only reason I got it when I did was the dealer had it for sale for $3200 brand new and it was a 2014 model. I got it for $3600 cash out the door. I am looking to snag a similar deal on a few years older model that is very low mileage from a dealer looking to dump inventory.
Just remember everyone rides differently and I do not plan on throwing away thousands of $$. Will I give it the occasional rip? Sure, who doesn't? Everyone rides fast at one point or another either on the track or on the street. It is why we all ride motorcycles, for the sweet air rushing adrenaline. Do most of us also have an instinct on when not to and to not over do it? Yes, that is the reason for taking Advanced riding classes, and learning more at track schools.