Ok here is the deal, I have always loved the R6 and I plan to pick up a 99-01 R6. I have no riding experience except a few rounds in a parking lot in my friends 96 ZX6-R. I have read the posts from many vetran riders warning about getting a 600 Sportsbike as a frist bike. My friends most of them last summer all bought 600z as first bikes. I understand the potential of a bike such as the R6 and I plan to respect that. I do also plan to take the Safety course. My question is even if I plan to ride safly and respect the bike for its power is it still a very bad idea to start out with this bike? Is is really possible to get a R6 and still be safe? I really appreciate the feedback and also appreciate the concern of many vetran riders, some of your post really hit me and made me think twice. Its also just I don't want to be the only one riding a 250 when all my friends are on 600.