Originally Posted by Tim_Tom
A Tuono would be a whole lot of bike for someone with only a few months of riding!! No doubt that it is a nice enough bike, but for a NEW RIDER?! I don't think its a smart idea.
He has the right idea already of getting a bike in the 600-800cc range. Anything smaller is not enough, and anything bigger is too much.
Can't agree there. I've spent time on everything from 155 HP to 7 HP. The least amount I want is around 40. My Ninja 300 had 39 crank HP stock. It'll end up around 43. Stock it has more than enough to be ridden quickly at any speed up to the upper 80 MPH range.
Gearing and weight along with torque curve play a greater role than displacement.