Help from the other big dogs? New Rider
New to the site (been doing a lot of reading though), and new to motorcycles - so I could use some collective help! I have been researching bikes like crazy for quite a while and find myself at that point of choice all new riders have - what to buy as a first bike?
I have seen a lot of supporters in two camps - one says no matter who you are, buy a 250cc or smaller. The other says, use good judgement, know yourself, and buy the bike that you feel the most comfort on and the most confidence in yourself while on it. Cruisers don't work for me for balance reasons, I am much better off sitting more upright and with my legs underneath me or slightly behind my knees. So - a small sports bike or retro type, right? I have looked very hard at the ninja 250 (both body styles), CBR 250R, even the new suzuki Tu250x - but they all really make me feel like I am contorting my body to fit on the bike.
If you haven't guessed it, yes - I am a very big guy. 6'3" and around 270 pounds, I could lose a bit but I am also fairly strong too. I can flat foot a strom or a versys (the other bike I was really looking at) with ease in the stock configuration. Both bikes feel extremely comfortable to me. I am worried that the 250s are just too small and uncomfortable - plus I have concerns about sufficient oomph to get out of the way of random 4x4s and escalades. Am I fooling myself? Looking for some feedback from the bigger riders out there, where they started.