Originally Posted by Urandaman
ha i hate the ninja 250.. my friend has one... i think my pit bike has faster acceleration than that bike ha. im gonna get a zx-6 or cbr600rr or maybe a cbr600f4i. depends on which one ride better.
Kawasaki Ninja 250:
0-60 mph (0-100 km/h), 5.75 s. 1/4 mile, 14.6 s @ 88 mph
Maybe not as good as a recent sport bike, but I'm sure better than your pit bike and better than just about anything else on the road.
I'd strongly recommend picking up something cheap that you don't mind dropping for your first 6 months or so, esp. if you haven't ridden in the rain much, UNLESS you already have a fair amount of experience. You ALWAYS get to sell it for the same as you bought it for or more if you keep up maintenance. New bikes are mostly for suckers, esp. since most new riders end up finding that the hobby takes too much effort to be serious transportation early on. Later on if you catch the bug start throwing money at it.
MSF is great, too. Do MSF, then race school after a few more miles of experience and your riding gets soo good.
I understand Texas is mostly straight roads? To be honest, that's pretty boring with a motorcycle... No reason not to develop some skills that'll pay off in roadtrips to the good roads though.
If you've done a lot of riding already, forgive me the advice but understand it's said in the hopes of you ending up a lifelong rider, with a long life of riding. In any case, you get to ride your own ride. Have fun!