Ok I know that you probably get the same questions over and over so I'll try to spare your feelings....
There's a waiting list for the MSF beginner course, but I paid so I'm in. My class is set for the middle of September which gives me 2 months to prepare. I have minimal riding experience as a passenger and none whatsoever as a rider. Oh...I'm 5'5" and a half and I weigh approximately 130-135 lbs. My goal is to purchase a used Ninja 600 and eventually a brand new one maybe a year later. I don't want to get a 250 or a 500 as of now, but I know I may change my mind after the class. Two of my guy friends, one of whom is my height, took the class as a first time rider and got a 600 right out and both of them were fine.
My first and highest priority is to go purchase a helmet because I don't want to use one from the classes. If I want a simple, no graphics, less expensive helmet...what would you suggest? As for basic riding gear..I was thinking to get gloves and a jacket. I have jeans and the proper shoes/boots to wear.
Secondly....what are some of the more common problems/issues people face when they become first time riders? I have excellent coordination, am a fast learner, don't get frustrated easily, lots of horseback riding experience, and I used to drag race an import car. So I really understand timing and hearing the gears in an engine. The only thing I can see being a problem for me is my height. Two of my good guy friends have bikes. I got in the driver's part of an R6 and my toes barely touched the ground....is that going to be a big problem?
Also, does anyone have any suggestions on websites that can give a beginner the understandings of the mechanics and engine parts of a Kawasaki Ninja 600? I want to know some technical stuff when I go to take the class.
Thanks for any and all help/suggestions!!