Originally Posted by .b0link
Def one of my favorite recommendations for a starter bike. Twin 650 has even constant power all over and the bike as a whole is pretty forgiving.
I myself started on a ninja 650r. Dont ever believe anyone that says anything about that bike being "slow" cause it isn't remotely slow. That front end will still get light on you and you can get into just as much trouble as a I4 600cc. However like I said, it tends to be a bit more friendly with the more predictable power delivery.
And get on those tires ASAP. Dont just replace the front, dont know whats on there now, but use this as an opportunity to put some good quality rubber on there. Im a fan of Dunlop Q2s myself, but people like the Michelin Pilot Power 2ct's just as much.
My first year of going to the track I was running Q2's still. Sidewall to sidewall scrubbed in, warm up fast, and for a DOT Street tire...they stick like glue!
EDIT: Also, aside from tires, your FIRST mod should be stainless steel brakelines + some quality brake fluid.
Thanks for the input! Yea, already have a new front ordered. My current tires are Michelin road pilot 2's and the rear has more than 50% tread left, so I decided to just get the same front. Planning on doing more commuting than aggressive riding anyways. My first mod will most likely be better brake pads and lines; they're a bit soft right now.
Just got insurance and registered it. Time to finally take it out of the parking lot