Currently in the process of looking for a first bike. Initially had decided that a mid-sized bike would be sensible but when I was asking at a dealer to look at some YZF600's that were advertised (both had recently just sold) he suggested looking at a litre version he had available. I figured a litre bike might be too much as a first bike but he didn't seem to think so if riding sensibly. Whilst I do consider myself 'sensible' on the road I also realise I'm lacking a wad of experience. So what do you guys think? Is it too much to jump on a 1000 as your first bike? Of course, I realise it's not just the capacity either since some of those 600's can be rather toey .... Oh, and FYI, the bike I'm looking at is a 1997 YZF1000 Thunderace. Rather nice looking bike, 40K on the clock and in pretty good condition. Might give it a test ride though the week.