I see so many threads on here or questions asking if the Strom is a good first bike for a new rider. I will answer with an emphatic.........NO, it is not an ideal or even remotely good bike for a new or inexperienced rider. What got me really thinking about this today, was a conversation I had while at the Dentist office. The secretary who is a new rider as of last year, is very discouraged and totally wigged out by riding. Her Husband of course rides, and he gave her some very bad advice on which bike to purchase. She ended up with a Honda Shadow 750, which he said "its only a 750".......... once again ego and ignorance rules the day. She took the MSF course and really enjoyed it, as well as obviously learning allot. And you know what bikes they use at the class, they run the Honda Rebel 250. Her Hubby said, "bikes like that you will have a problem reselling, it does not have enough power, it is not a real motorcycle". So here she is on a motorcycle that really intimidates her, she is afraid to ride, and she is considering selling it and stop riding all together. I told her how long that I have been riding and that I grew up riding mini bikes, dirtbikes, ATV's.....etc, and having that base really goes a log way for when you buy your first street bike or start riding on the street. But not everybody has that experience growing up, so you need to get the appropriate tool for the job. Yes there are always those that catch on quick and are the exception, but overall most are going to need the experience on the right machines to start out. Crap like this is why I see so many riders out there on the road that "cannot ride", they are just barely getting by and have some horrible habits and total ignorance of how to actually control their machine and handle it properly. They have never really learned to ride, but they are at times convinced that they are doing just fine. Riding is not a game, and inexperienced riders on the wrong machine can get others around hurt as well. So back to the Dental secretary........she has a husband who is pushing her incorrectly and giving her allot of bad advice, and they had a salesman that sold her the wrong "first bike". I gave her some good advice, whether she takes it or not will be seen. It is a Honda cruiser, so she would likely have a hard time selling it here in Harley Davidson country. I told her to stay away from traffic and people, head out to the state park and practice braking and maneuvering in the large empty beach state parking lots. She is just overall nervous and terrified, and I told her that goes away with experience and becoming one with your bike. Riding at 30 and below in all the neighborhoods is also a good way to learn, just stay away from downtown and the busy state roads at all costs "at this point". Baby steps.......do not let her husband or anyone for that matter push her too far beyond her comfort zone. Learn the basics and all of the bikes controls and the rest will come naturally, she can learn to ride her bike and become proficient in time, but she for sure is making it harder on herself than it needs to be. Her husband and her friends that ride have done her a huge disservice, what should be therapeutic and so much fun is anything but that for her right now. So I guess what I am trying to say for those that really want a V-Strom as their first bike..........DON'T DO IT!!!!!! You are gonna drop it.......trust me, and that can get expensive in multiple ways. I liken it to shooting, learn the basics with the small calibers first, then you can move up to the really fun stuff. But the older I get, I swear that less is more and often more fun......and that goes for both firearms and motorcycles. There is a big reason why the 650 Strom is such a good seller, it all goes back to that whole less is sometimes more analogy. Really experienced riders just love these bikes, they are built for enthusiasts that know a good all around machine when they see one. So if you just gotta have that bike you really want, take some time to think "am I really ready yet"? There are many riders on the road playing the whole lifestyle thing, and that number appears to be growing. Believe me I get it, but for the sake of yourself and others......learn to ride first. :fineprint: Motorcycles and the love of such can be quite the money pit, they are not investments nor are they even a smart purchase for many. I am waiting on that tricked out Goldwing that somebody purchased that had every intention to ride, and I will gladly take it off their hands for the right price. Lots and lots of bikes like that out there.....like new, low mileage, lots of farkles!!! Be a smart consumer, be a smart rider, be a safe rider, and above all else have fun!