In my thinking a 250cc or 400cc motorbike or scooter is all he needs for a year or two. Your going to go down at least once while learning and a old beater would serve his needs. Burgman's are relativity cheap and plentiful for example and would provide him experience in handling a two wheeled vehicle. Now don't misunderstand me, I love my Burgie and really don't have any complaints about it but I am a realist as well - he needs to learn and the Burgman is a good bike to do that on. His heart however, is with a sport bike.
My first ride was the Zuma 125, it met all my needs at the time and was a fun little bike, it will always have a place in my heart, but his quest got me thinking. What's next for me?
|Aprilia Mana 850 ABS|
Urban Mobility Vehicles also appeal to me just due to their style. The fact that they are BMW's - which generally means good engineering that is built to last. The reviews I've read are generally good and frankly, this is probably the only BMW I will ever be able to own other than a matchbox car. Both of the current models are being geared towards city dwellers, answering their concerns about the crowded roads and diminishing resources of city living. It's a gamble and interesting marketing but could pay off huge for BMW in the future.
When I first started looking at buying a "real bike" and not a scooter various friends of ours tried to steer me to the Triumph Bonneville's. I have to admit that I'm drawn to not only the fine lines of this classic bike but also the history of them. It's a damn sexy machine. The only reason I'm not riding a Bonneville today is that they were, at the time, a little to powerful for me. I could however see myself on one of these very easily.
|Piaggio MP3 500cc|
Piaggio has the MP3 series of bikes. These are three wheeled scooters and have lots of interesting advantages, such as being able to stop and not put your foot down. They are still rare on the roads and is a much smaller profile than the Can-Am's. Both of these bikes offer stability and safety. The MP3 is a smaller bike (maxing out at a little under 500cc as compared to the 900cc of the Can-Am) and would get gas mileage similar to what I'm getting now.
|Ural Patrol model|
I'm not in the market for a new bike though. I am very happy with my 07 Burgman and I'm not ready for a new bike - even if I could afford it - and frankly who knows what will be out there when I am ready? I am however keeping my eyes open, something may fall into my lap one day, for now however...I'm a Burgman rider. Another Burgman could be in the future. You never know.