Originally Posted by Daniel Schrall
Can you give me some more specifics around "getting used to"? What makes one bike more or less difficult to learn on than another?
We typically learn by making mistakes, pushing it just a tad too far to know learn exactly where those various lines are that should not be crossed ... and making a simple mistake on a bike with this power, weight and price could be expensive. It might be a matter of standing still and finding out that after you lean it only THAT amount, you're not going to stop it from crashing to the ground while a bunch of people are watching. Think you have the kickstand down when you really don't, is a common time when for that to happen. Pop the clutch with too much throttle and you could be in bigger trouble. It's way easier to learn those valuable lessons on a lighter bike that would be more forgiving. That's why the official safety classes use 125 cc bikes, and in my class, it was obvious by looking at the bikes that they'd all been dropped quite a few times. Ideally, learning to throw around a light dirt bike where you can feel the tires sliding and learn to manage that, and drop a few times in the dirt is the very best way, but certainly not a requirement.
Yes, it can be done. LOTS of guys go out and get a 900 pound Harley as their first bike. Some fair better than others, and some go off those elevated flyover ramps. Take the class on a small bike that the class provides, then watch all of the free MCRider motorcycle training videos, and then do the drills in a parking lot. Find safe places and times
to get very familiar with the bike, then an experienced friend to take you out a few times, then find some safe groups to ride with and learn from. I forget the number, but a very high percentage of accidents happen in the first 6 months of owning a new-to-you bike (check out the interesting CDC numbers, also covering variables like alcohol related, deaths from head injuries without helmets, etc.), so be sure to give it PLENTY of time before you take her out to 'see what she's really got'. Allow a lot of buffer space, expecting EVERY car within sight to veer into you or turn in front of you at the last second, and be ready with an escape route.
I hope this helps.
Good luck, and welcome to the group, from DFW, TX!