Sounds like you may have found a good candidate already. The shadow 750 is an excellent entry level cruiser. For your first bike I would suggest trying to find one used since you will probably end up dropping it once or twice while learning. If you are looking for something sportier maybe look into the Kawasaki ninja 650, it will probably fit your frame better than a a supersport and is far easier for a new rider to manage from a power standpoint. The suzuki SV650/Gladius might work, but they are a bit smaller in terms of room than the ninja. The Suzuki V-strom and Kawasaki Versys would probably be the best in terms of being friendly to the long legged, but you already said you aren't fond of their styling.Swampcrawler wrote:Thanks for the replies guys. Iv looked at the adventure type bikes, but I really can't stand the looks of them. They would actually probably be ideal for the back country roads riding im interested in, but I just don't care for them.
I went down to the local Honda dealership today and looked around. I didn't even try sitting on a CBR as the 250 looked like something id carry my lunch in. But I did really like the Shadow Phantom 750. I love the looks of it, and while im sure I still look like a bear on a unicycle, sitting on it is really comfy to me. So I suppose il be sticking to naked cruisers.