You know....I think with age comes wisdom. I bought a 600 for my first bike. I had no idea how to ride and almost wrecked it within a few miles. Luckily I made it through without ever laying it over. I bought my second bike, a brand new 750 about six months ago after riding for a few years. I love it. I also bought an MV Agusta that I never ride.
The funny thing is, I just ordered a new Ninja 250 that I will more than likely ride more than the other 3 bikes combined. At first I wanted a bike that was flashy and everyone would think I was cool. I had no idea that riding a bike would become such an integral part of my life. It is my life. New riders don't understand the true meaning of riding. Once you get to that point, it doesn't matter how fast, pretty, or anything else a bike is. Riding is about so much more. It's about the road and the feeling you get when you drag your peg the first time. It's about the first time you drag knee or do your first pathetic wheelie. It's something that gets inside of you that you'll never be able to explain to someone who has never experienced it.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that I wish when I first started riding I would have understood that it has nothing to do with what you ride....it's the fact that you ride and how it changes you.
F*** I sound like Dr. Phil.
07' GSX-R750 , Shortened Scorpion Flame Titanium Exhaust, PCIII USB, Ignition Module, Dynotech Wide-Band kit, Vortex Frame Sliders and Swingarm Spools, Sportech windscreen, Pazzo Levers, Pilot Power 2CT's, -1 Front sprocket, Speedo-healer, R1 Throttle Mod, GPR stabilizer, Sato rearsets, Galfer stainless brake lines, Ohlins front and rear suspension