I was 11 and bought my first dirt bike, a 82 honda XL185, Heavy gutless pig of a bike but served as a cheap learner, Later bought a Yz250 at the age of 13 and had my fair share of crashes:p im now 15 and riding a DR650 with no troubles whatsoever and im only about 5'7 200 pounds, Just take your time learning how the bike works and you should be fine:prof: , Also you being Italian you shoulda went out and bought a KTM super Duke 990:ride:
Hahaha, I may be italian but I'm not insane!!!
In my previous posts I forgot to mention 1 thing. I only rode my pitbike 5 times before switching the to the wr450!! Doh!
Todays riding verdict: I got schooled. For starters this trail was teh hardest one I have been on yet. On another trail that I have been on before would have been less of an issue for sure. Now, surprisingly the power of the bike was not the hardest part, the weight/balance and seat hight was more of a factor. Despite getting owned I never got hurt, and the bike broke a trail gaurd. It's like it was said earlier you just have to use you head with the throttle.
Is there other bike out there that would have been a better started bike? You bet. Was it impossible, no. The 450 TQ saved me a few times going up the hills, where a 2 smoke would have made me dump it for not going fast enough.
Now I need to reasearch on those lowering links. Due to my light weight I wont have an issue bottoming out, plus I dont rock jumps yet. The lowing of the bike will be key to my learning and safety for the next little while till I get used to riding and the bike more.