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Ladies - Women's first bike choice

#1 Unread post by sunshine229 » Wed Mar 16, 2005 10:54 pm

A common thread on our forums has always been "What is a good bike to start on." I thought since inevitably someone will want to ask this question, we could probably get a head start and share some ideas.

Of course, since we are in the Ladies Lounge, I think we should direct our suggestions to new women riders!

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#2 Unread post by Miss_C667 » Thu Mar 17, 2005 2:10 pm

I'd be very interested to hear some suggestions.

Firstly, once I have done my CBT, I can only legally ride a 125 until I pass my full test.

Secondly, I'm 5'2" and quite short legged. All but one of the bikes I've tried so far has been too tall for me.
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#3 Unread post by sunshine229 » Thu Mar 17, 2005 9:45 pm

Here is my 2 cents :twocents:

I found that the hardest thing to overcome when learning to ride, was learning how to balance the weight of a motorcycle. At my MSF course I was able to try a cruiser, a standard & a sport bike. The sport bike was the hardest to handle because the weight makes it top-heavy. The standard was the easiest for me because the cruisers weight was very low leading to a low centre of gravity.

I would also recommend starting on a bike with lower torque and horsepower so that you can get used to the bike before it sweeps you off your feet!

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#4 Unread post by Ladymx » Thu Mar 17, 2005 9:52 pm

Miss_C667 wrote:I'd be very interested to hear some suggestions.

Firstly, once I have done my CBT, I can only legally ride a 125 until I pass my full test.

Secondly, I'm 5'2" and quite short legged. All but one of the bikes I've tried so far has been too tall for me.
When you get your full test done you would likely like the honda rebel 250. It seems to be a good starting place for many lady riders, due to the height.

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#5 Unread post by southern belle » Fri Mar 18, 2005 5:50 pm

I started on a Honda Rebel but I would also suggest trying the Honda Aero. I am also 5'2" and I can comfortable sit on this bike with both feet flat on the ground.

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#6 Unread post by Miss_C667 » Mon Mar 21, 2005 2:26 pm

Chels wrote:When you get your full test done you would likely like the honda rebel 250. It seems to be a good starting place for many lady riders, due to the height.
southern belle wrote:I started on a Honda Rebel but I would also suggest trying the Honda Aero. I am also 5'2" and I can comfortable sit on this bike with both feet flat on the ground.
Thank you for suggestions so far, I'll look out for those bikes at the next show I'm at.
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#7 Unread post by Smurfette » Wed Mar 23, 2005 6:15 pm

Hi! I'm 5'3" and I ride a Yamaha Virago 250. It's my first bike and I think it's fairly easy to handle. Not that heavy either unlike a Yamaha Royalstar.
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#8 Unread post by strtchick » Mon Mar 28, 2005 1:01 pm

I have a question I am 5'5 and weigh about 115 i want to get a streetbike a nice eacy one to maneuver and fun bike I want to get somthing light i was thinking of Yamaha or Suxuki or Honda btu dotn know which would fit my needs best help :o
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#9 Unread post by singinggum » Wed Mar 30, 2005 11:35 pm

strtchick wrote:I have a question I am 5'5 and weigh about 115 i want to get a streetbike a nice eacy one to maneuver and fun bike I want to get somthing light i was thinking of Yamaha or Suxuki or Honda btu dotn know which would fit my needs best help :o
I had some of the same concerns when I was shopping for my first bike. I ended up getting a Honda 919 which is a naked streetbike. It's one of the lightest bikes out there at under 500lbs dry weight and it kicks A-S-S! there were a lot of people out there whose opinion was that it's too much bike to start out with, but I didn't want to get a teeny bike that ultimately I would get bored with and have to sell in a couple of months. Weight was a major concern of mine as well as height. I am less than 2"taller than you, and I didn't have to make any modifications at all. but I'm pretty sure you can chop it down if you need to. I've had it for over a year and couldn't be happier. This one's a keeper!!
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#10 Unread post by Ladymx » Sun Apr 03, 2005 1:30 pm

Two inches on a bike is the difference of touching the ground and not touching the ground. You'd be very surprised.

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#11 Unread post by strtchick » Mon Apr 04, 2005 9:41 am

I went this weekend to go check out bikes i got on an yamaha R6 and a 600RR i think i liked the R6 better at least the seat on it, it felt heavy a littl intimidating but they will lower the bike for me, so that my feet touch the ground and i wont have to tiptoe ya know, but i sure loved the feeling of the bike,
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#12 Unread post by singinggum » Mon Apr 04, 2005 1:16 pm

I think you picked a GREAT bike with the R6. It's really light and you can get it lowered!! You are gonna have a ton of fun!! Can't wait to hear about your adventures!

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#13 Unread post by Skier » Sun Apr 10, 2005 12:21 am

Any recommendations for a standard or possibly a cruiser for my GF? She's thinking about getting into riding (and I'm helping ;) ). I suppose at the MSF course she'll see if the Rebel works for her. She has a 27" inseam and is 5'1", so small is good. :)
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#14 Unread post by High_Side » Sun Apr 10, 2005 9:59 am

It's difficult to find a begginer bike any better than a Honda VTR250.....and wouldl you look at that! I just happen to have one for sale...... :laughing:

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#15 Unread post by PurpleRose » Mon Apr 11, 2005 9:00 am

In two weeks I'll be taking the MSF course. I've been looking at bikes for several weeks. One of the biggest concerns I have is the shifting, so I've been looking at a Yamaha Majesty which is a actually a scooter with a little power and it's an automatic.............then the other day I saw the V Star.......that looks pretty sweet.............it fits well.......whatever I buy, I don't want to out grow in just a few months.........any thoughts :)

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#16 Unread post by strtchick » Mon Apr 11, 2005 10:39 am

went shppoing again this weekend for bikes still looking since i dont want to finance, but then i am scared to buy from first party too because i wont be able to tell if the bikes been in an accident or been laid down since with a lil cosmetic you can make anything look new.
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#17 Unread post by sleepychicken » Mon Apr 11, 2005 10:56 am

My wife and I recently got a 250 Ninja and she loves it. She's 5'6" and can ride it and flat-foot it easily. She used to ride cruisers because that's what all of her family had, and she much prefers the little ninja. Here's my intro post with more of the info on our experience with the bike.

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#18 Unread post by chickenhawk » Fri Apr 15, 2005 3:50 pm

My first bike was a 74 Honda CB360. Great bike for my purpose, which was getting place to place in town. When things got a little hairy on the expressways later on, I went to a similar newer and bigger cc bike, the Honda Nighthawk (750cc). This bike has proven to be excellent all-around. It stands a little tall, but there are several options to lower it some- lower profile tires, shorter springs (or just adjust the existing ones if you just need a little lower), or a custom seat like a Corbin. The foam can be cut way down to get you closer to the ground. Or do what I did- just get used to tip-toeing (I'm 5'5").

If I had needed a bike for expressway use early on, I would've gone with at least a 500cc bike to start.

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#19 Unread post by chickenhawk » Fri Apr 15, 2005 3:54 pm

I almost forgot!

They only make this bike ina 125cc now, but you might find this used- Kawaski Eliminator in a 600cc. These bikes were the coolest! A low to the ground sort of cruiser-looking, but with drag bars and a cool factory flame job. They sold them in 96 when I bought my bike, but I'm not sure when they knocked them down to a 125.

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#20 Unread post by chickenhawk » Fri Apr 15, 2005 3:58 pm

Try checking the ends of the handle grips, the ends of the footpegs, look for scratches on the exhaust, scuffed front axle nuts, scuffed turn signal casing or the backs of the mirros. Most people won't fix this kind of stuff unless it's really bad.
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