Quote, originally posted by jakub89 » im almost 18, is it to early to get a street bike i have never driven a street bike by my self but i have driven many dirtbikes and quads, i want a bike so it can get me around. still have fun and be less then a car. any advice?
There are a couple of things that spring to mind right away. As far as your experience with dirtbikes goes, that will give you knowledge of how to operate the controls of the machine. Aside from that, though, just about everything else is different from a dirt bike to a street bike. How it will respond and turn, what the right and wrong things to do with your feet and weight, etc. They're all different. Also, dealing with traffic, road hazards, etc, is something else you'll have to learn.
There are plenty of bikes out there that are cheap, will last forever, and be good to get you around, while still being fun. Just about any UJM (universal Japanese motorcycle) from the '80's or '90's should fit your bill. They're not expensive, fairly easy to work on, and are all over the place.
Please, though, don't fall in to the trap of thinking you "need" a sportbike or something "really fast" to get anyfun out of it. You don't! Someone told me when I started riding that being on a motorcycle wouldredefine what "fast" is to me. And it did. 45 or 60 or 65 on a bike feels nothing like it does in a car. And in addition to that, any bike is going to be faster than most cars. I ride a 14 year old stodgy "sport touring" bike with less than 70 HP that will still suck the doors of any car I've ever driven.
The biggest and best piece of advice I could give you, though, would be to take the MSF course. It will give you a good feel for a road bike, and it will also teach you some basic street survival skills that everyone on a bike should have.