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Ladies - Not Sure what I want

Posted: Thu Jul 13, 2006 8:42 pm
by angt
I am looking for suggestions also. I am very new. I take my bike course the end of September. We were out looking tonight and I sat on a ninja 500r I was on my tippy toes unless I put my right foot on the peg and balanced with my left. I am 5'4" and about 125. Any suggestions????

Posted: Thu Jul 13, 2006 9:03 pm
by VermilionX
that's cool. it's a little harder but if you can tippy toe it. you can ride it.

like you said, just tilt it when you stop.

i can flat foot my bike but i always tilt it anyway on stops w/ foot on the rear brake.


the harder part would be power walking it but im sure w/ enough practice, you can get good at it. although be very careful when power walking on slopes and uneven grounds.

also, you might wanna try and shave some of the seat. i dunno how it's done but my friend did it for his gixxer600 right at the dealer.

good luck...

you could always try cruisers if you're not specifically looking at sporty looking bikes like the ninja500 and 250.

Posted: Thu Jul 13, 2006 9:30 pm
by bok
at the dealer, the preload might be set for a heavier person so it might still go a bit lower for you.

also sit on the ninja 250 and other similar bikes since they all fit a bit different.

Posted: Thu Jul 13, 2006 9:51 pm
by Z (fka Sweet Tooth)
I don't think I would be comfortable with tippy toes, I need at least the balls of my feet on the ground. Also remember that riding boots will add at least an inch.

Posted: Thu Jul 13, 2006 11:17 pm
by KarateChick
Here's 5'2" chipping in...I have boots that add about 1.5 inches and I can get 1 foot flat but the other is on my toes on my Ninja 250 when I am stopped - and hence am leaned a bit. It's taken getting used to but works for me. Maybe try sitting on different bikes to stick out the heights too. And seat shaving would definitely be an option.

Posted: Thu Jul 13, 2006 11:33 pm
by dr_bar
Then there is always the lower slung cruiser option. Sit on as many bikes as possible before making a decision. Don't let the sportbike fanatics try to sway you if a cruiser is what you like. But then, don't set your mind on one style yourself either. Whatever you choose, it will be a bike, and it will be yours....


PS: Welcome to TMW, I hope you enjoy the site as much as I do....

Posted: Thu Jul 13, 2006 11:40 pm
by KarateChick
Oh, and ditto to what doc bar said

Posted: Fri Jul 14, 2006 7:16 am
by ElektraSpitfire
ditto..5'5'' here on a ninja 250 and i could only tiptoe it before i got my boots which added another inch or so.

the hard part definitely is powerwalking it when you're trying to park/manuever it in a very small backyard like the one of the apartment i live in...it's a beast :x

Posted: Fri Jul 14, 2006 7:49 am
by angt
I am looking at a concourse. Anyone know anything about that??????
From what I am reading about it, its sporty, yet comfy like a cruising bike.
I appreciate everyones advice. :clapping:

Posted: Fri Jul 14, 2006 7:57 am
by sharpmagna
You can lower sport bikes by purchasing a "dog bone" and also shaving the seat will make it a bit manageable.

I hear the concourse have pretty high seat heights...

Posted: Fri Jul 14, 2006 10:45 am
by angt
what is a "dog Bone"?

Posted: Fri Jul 14, 2006 11:17 am
by Loonette
angt wrote:I am looking at a concourse. Anyone know anything about that??????
From what I am reading about it, its sporty, yet comfy like a cruising bike.
I appreciate everyones advice. :clapping:
The Concourse is a pretty tall bike - and it's heavier than the average sports bike - and it's a 1000 cc engine. I think they're cool, and my husband is considering a move to the Concourse from a ZRX1200 (a bike I'm willing to ride, but I don't feel as confident on his bike as I do on my shorter bike). But for a newbie... I don't know. I think you need to sit on lots of bikes and read up on a lot of different models.

The thing with holding a bike to its side is this - when you're on uneven or inclided/declined pavement (as Verm has mentioned), you lose a lot of your holding power. It's up to you how much focus you want to put on keeping the bike upright - and some people do manage just fine. Sit on a lot of bikes, tip them from side to side while standing, take note of the reach you'll need to the handlebars (will you develop a sore back with a too-long reach?) - see if you're comfortable with how it all feels.

It all becomes very personal at some point - hopefully you'll find the perfect fit. Keep us posted.

Cheers,
Loonette

Posted: Fri Jul 14, 2006 12:46 pm
by dr_bar
Kawasaki Concours, a very nice bike, but too big to start on imho. Seat height, 31.1 inches dry weight: 595 lbs... yikes!!!! :shock:

Image

Posted: Fri Jul 14, 2006 6:26 pm
by Shorts
That look like the big brother of the ZZR250.


As for a bike for the OP, measure your inseam. Mine is 28-29" and the GPX250RII (JPN Ninja 250) was tall for me, I was on the front half of my feet. It's the same for the bike I ended up buying.

Find a good pair of boots. I hear the Lady Star GTX are excellent all around (and add height), sold by Helimot, but they are expensive. I have a pair of Sidi Jasmine Tepor boots that are on their way. I'm hoping the sole on them won't be thin.

You can shave the seat. But it will make the seat hard. So, if you shave the seat, you may want to get it stuffed with a better foam than the stock stuff.

I bought one

Posted: Wed Jul 19, 2006 7:26 am
by angt
Ok so I bought one. Its a kawasaki gpx 550. I think it will work out good. Its an 84. So if I dump it while learning, I wont cry as much as if it was a new one. Im excited and nervous at the same time!!!!!!

Posted: Wed Jul 19, 2006 9:20 am
by Loonette
Yay!! Congratulations. Make sure to post some pics when you can. Enjoy, and ride safe.!

Cheers,
Loonette

Re: I bought one

Posted: Wed Jul 19, 2006 7:13 pm
by Shorts
angt wrote:Ok so I bought one. Its a kawasaki gpx 550. I think it will work out good. Its an 84. So if I dump it while learning, I wont cry as much as if it was a new one. Im excited and nervous at the same time!!!!!!

Congrats on the bike! :) +1 on the pics

Posted: Wed Jul 19, 2006 11:26 pm
by blues2cruise
angt wrote:what is a "dog Bone"?
It is part of the suspension.

Posted: Wed Jul 19, 2006 11:29 pm
by blues2cruise
Here is a link to a page that has lowering your bike points.

http://motorcycleinfo.calsci.com/Suspension1.html

You can also google, Lowering your motorcycle. There are a lot of kits available for lowering your bike.

If you google motorcycle dog bone, you will be able to see some pics.

Posted: Sat Jul 22, 2006 11:21 pm
by racerxgirl
Get a 125, however you wont be able to ride it on the street, only on the track, but that is where you really learn how to ride. You, the bike, and the pavement. No cars, no speed limits, no pedestrians, and if you happen to crash, at least you have an ambulance waiting for you.
Take a motorcycle safety course and training course to get your license and a lil' bit of experience. again..my 02.