I agree with Corkus -- you'll have a much better time with the strom as a first bike if you have long enough (and strong enough) legs. I started on a scooter, thinking I just wanted a city commuter, but quickly caught the riding bug. So I bought something cheap and simple (1997 Yamaha Seca II) for my first "real" bike, because I wanted something I wouldn't be too upset about dropping as I learned. It had a pretty low seat, was easy to work on, and not enough power to get into trouble, but enough to get out of it. I sold it for the same amount I paid for it.
And I never dropped it. I've dropped my strom twice (go figure), though thankfully the frame sliders prevented any damage to the fairing.
2010 Triumph Tiger 1050se
2009 DL650A - sold
2005 DL650 - dearly departed
"I am enthusiastic over humanity's extraordinary and sometimes very timely ingenuities. If you are in a shipwreck and all the boats are gone, a piano top buoyant enough to keep you afloat that comes along makes a fortuitous life preserver. But this is not to say that the best way to design a life preserver is in the form of a piano top. I think we are clinging to a great many piano tops in accepting yesterday's fortuitous contrivings as constituting the only means for solving a given problem." - R. Buckminster Fuller
Last edited by The Golden Monkey; 03-15-2008 at 02:30 AM.