Yeah I'm on the LAMS system in NSW so it was really either this or a CBR250R in my mind (wanted a sports bike, and since I have to keep it for 3 years all up best off to go new)...and the CBR looked fugly to me. I'm only 170cm so it feels alright to me, I can flat foot which is good for my confidence . Wouldn't mind a bit more grunt though!
Up until about 6 months ago I had a Suzuki TL1000R, absolutly beautiful bike that just hammered, pulled hard from like 4000rpm yet still loved to rev, god I miss that thing. But it was a 98 model and had nearlly 50,000kms on it, still ran well but just started to have a few problems with it. Plus it wasn't really Ideal for the riding everyday.
Currently I ride an 08 Z750 Kwaka, much better all rounder, more modern and reliable and still good fun through the twisties. A much more solid street bike I reckon.
03 Yamaha Yzf R6 Bought her back in 05 after my ex hubby and I divorced since he would never let me ride (too dangerous so he says) and will never part with her been riding since I was 4 (dirt bikes mainly) yamaha pee wee 80 was my first bike as a child and my parents still have that bike to this day!...
LOVE LOVE LOVE my bike!!
That's not my actual one, rather just a good idea of what mine looks like until I can get a photo taken. It's surprisingly good fun to ride (out of the few I've ridden thus far). It looks faster than it is (more tourer than sports), but you can lean into the corners more than I was expecting and it's a durable bit o' kit (especially useful since it needs to endure my bumbling clutch motions)! But, I would certainly like my next one to step-up a bit. I'm thinking more like a CBR 600.
Nothing ridiculous, but enough of a step-up so that I can simply twist the throttle (rather than absolutely rag it) to get around a bit quicker! They seem to have a good reputation and can be had for a sane amount of money, too.
As for it being too dangerous, well I say that people who say that are missing the point. I always take good safety precautions, and I don't actually ride to fall off! The feeling of riding is great; twisting the bike into turns and being in sync with the machine, working together in harmony to, essentially, get from A to B is a great feeling. The freedom is a major draw for me, too. Filtering and having just a slightly different set of rules because you're on two wheels is good...
But deep down, knowing that coming off is going to hurt makes opening up the throttle on a stretch of open road that much more exciting. That for me is the biggest thrill and what probably draws me the most: when I dare to take it up.