Hey all, I have been watching the posts the last few weeks and the backward and forward sledging.... So, here is my thought. When a person gets off of their restrictions (most people and this is not generalising), the first thing they want to do (if affordable) is BUY A BIGGER and MORE powerful motorcycle. So, my question is, why do people need to get the biggest and baddest bike available with only 12 months experience????? The day we answer this question is the day we will solve the death issues. A story. March 1999, California. After a cold cold winter in sunny CA, many riders looked upon the first magnificent weekend as an opportunity to dust off the bike and go for a ride. On this magnificent day, at Alices (a motorcycle meeting point in the Santa Cruz Mountains on the 4 ways between Skyline, Hwy9 and Boulder) there were literally HUNDREDs of motorcycles. Ranging from harleys to sport bikes to motards. Well, some of us rode all through the winter and virtually every day so we were well "run in". A large percentage of the tounger riders on new and powerful bikes would come out to play - Squids. Well, on this faithful saturday, there were 11 crashes that occurred by lunch and a total of 6 fatalities over the weekend. What is the lesson. 1. Dont ride above your head 2. Dont buy a bike you are not experienced enough to ride I have 26 years of riding experience and ride a GSX1400. I will not ride a new 1000cc sport bike for a number of reasons which include the fact that I am not experienced enough to ride it to it deserved potential. So, maybe, those wanting to buy a big bike should think twice. Maybe, this way, we can preserve life. Anyway, just my thoughts, nothing more.