Hello, I've been a relatively active member in other parts of GT but have never posted here before. I have been lurking at this club for a couple weeks now because I have desperately been wanting to get a bike and get into riding. I have ridden in the past, but it was very limited, so I will say that I am relatively unexperienced. I am interested in getting onto a sport bike, but have read the posts about not getting a machine too powerful for an inexperienced rider. Are theier any recommendations that you guys could make? I am 6'3" about 250lbs. Also, the cheaper the better. I don't even have any budget for a bike right now, but I'd like to know how much I need to start saving to get one. Also, I understand the importance of wearing the proper protective gear while riding, but I must say that after reading the sayings of "there are those who have dropped a bike, and those who will" and other such things and hearing the guys talk about how many crashes they've been in, I'm kind of scared. How badly does it hurt when you go down? I'm really not so much afraid of pain(I have an extremely high tolerance), but I am worried of being maimed or something like that. Please don't take that as me saying I'm a panzy rider, but I'd just like to know about what to expect, and I'd be glad to hear any of ya'lls experiences of doing down. Thanks guys. I appreciate it.