I'm 36, going on 37 years old now, and I've only recently (Within the last 7 years) gotten "interested, officially... totally... actually" in sport bikes, and Motorcycle racing as a whole.
Do I feel like I can do what they, or for that matter, what you guys can do on a 600? NOPE! NOT one BIT.
I have taken rides with people that have both been fun, and scary as shit... And it's partially why I've waited to get a bit older, and perhaps less testosterone filled, before making a purchase.
I wouldn't consider a 600, or a 500, as a first bike of my own, I'd start out on someones Kawi 250, for a few months, that I'd buy used, and then sell, and then go about a year on a Kawi 500, for about a year, and then, if I could afford to do it, I'd step up to a 600.
I guess old age and wisdom (
), coupled with all of the incidents I've seen, heard about, read here, or experienced in my life... (I've had 13 friends that rode, 9 of them are still alive...) that I would be in the "Latter" group with you as well.
I do not think I can be Valentino, Colin, Nicky, or even John Haner. Racers possess a skill that is honed from an early age... not something that they jumped into in their 20's or 30's.
But I can definitely say, that it THIS KIND of support, not the "Fuck you... n00b" response, that is what will encourage people to take up the sport, and enjoy it to it's fullest, all while being safe.
Thank you for pointing me to this post!
Edit - So yeah... I guess that makes me the Oldest R6MN