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Posted: Wed Oct 18, 2006 6:36 pm
by NJ-Pinay
I usually gear down until I can't go anymore - that's how I know I'm in first. It might sound stupid but it works for me.

Posted: Thu Oct 19, 2006 11:22 pm
by maryloulea
Ok first off I want to say Hello, I'm new here, I stumbled upon this site looking for ideas for my first bike and thought I would run it by some of you, maybe an opinion would help. My husband rides a gsxr 1000, and has always rode leader bikes, I am ready to get my own (Ive been the passenger for 4 years) and we have come up with either the yamaha R6 or the gsxr 600. Any thoughts on starting on a sportbike vs. a "cruiser" style? Thanks in advance for your thoughts!!

Posted: Fri Oct 20, 2006 8:13 am
by Loonette
maryloulea wrote:Ok first off I want to say Hello, I'm new here, I stumbled upon this site looking for ideas for my first bike and thought I would run it by some of you, maybe an opinion would help. My husband rides a gsxr 1000, and has always rode leader bikes, I am ready to get my own (Ive been the passenger for 4 years) and we have come up with either the yamaha R6 or the gsxr 600. Any thoughts on starting on a sportbike vs. a "cruiser" style? Thanks in advance for your thoughts!!
I think you meant "litre" bikes? Anyway...

Any newbie should be check out our "new riders" forum, including this thread... viewtopic.php?t=11866&start=0&postdays= ... highlight=

The topic is covered over and over again in these forums. When you're just learning to ride, your focus should be on developing skills. A 600cc+ sports bike is unforgiving in all aspects. Some do well, but generally it's not a great idea to start off on that size of a bike. In the cruiser class, a 600cc isn't such a big deal, as those bikes are lower to the ground and are tuned differently.

I would never advise anyone on a definite "yes" or "no", but you should read around and be wary of those who say it's "no big deal" to start on a 600cc+ sports bike. It is a big deal - not necessarily impossible, but not easy either. Good luck.


Posted: Fri Oct 20, 2006 9:21 pm
by NJ-Pinay
OMG, definitely way too powerful bikes for a beginner. Please don't do it. I was exactly in your shoes. My advice is to start smaller like a 250 or 500 and work up with experience. What you need to do first is take the course & pass it. Then go to a few bike shops and sit on different bikes and see how confortable you feel. I was also undecided but was looking toward a cruiser. But I realized the bikes were soo heavy that I couldn't get it off the kickstand. I'm 5-2 and weigh 110 lbs. After a lot of research with the help of my husband, I ended up buying a 05 Suzuki GS500F. It's a great starter bike and I love it. So far I've put 800 miles since I got it this past April. Some may think it's not a lot of miles but I rode every weekend (weather permitting) rained a lot of weekends. Everyday is a new experience and a learning experience. Your husband is already an experienced rider and he can handle the power.

I did look at the Ninja 250 but my husband felt that I would get bored of it fast and upgrade w/i a couple of months.

You know yourself the best and will make the best decision for you.

Keep us updated on your actions.

Posted: Tue Dec 26, 2006 12:06 am
by maggy
I have posted this on the site for a newbie but it is worth repeating for some. If you have a hard time getting someone to ride with on a permit or license and getting to a parking lot I suggest big time a little 50 cc tank bike. it is a custom little cruiser with everything the big bikes have accept power and size, it is not like a pocket bike or nothing. About the size look wise as the ones at msf. In las vegas , no license other than driver's license is needed. no insurance, no registration . at this time. I am sure that is going to change in time. they consider it like the little scooters around here. the 47.9 I think bikes. so under 50 cc's. the thing is don't get cause riding over 30 miles an hour. that is the catch. lol
It a go up to 45 miles an hour and I believe I got it to 50 but then it is in the red zone lol
If it were not for the little tank bike I would never have gotten practice. Trust me, long story.
Like I said if you have no one to ride with this is the bike. Of course know it is not a toy. You can get killed and so forth just like on any bike. It is not for heavy traffic I dont think so anyhow. Cause you just can' t be seen even more so. But great for neighborhoods and parking lot and light traffic.

Posted: Sat Dec 30, 2006 1:33 pm
by maggy
April, your just the one I want to talk to. I am 59 . I am getting my license. I have been practicing on a custom little crusier 50 cc. street legal in nv with out needing a permit or anything.
I also have my big girl ( 750 ace Shadow 750) I love her and am finally getting some practice on her. I never seem to have anyone that is willing to get me to parking lot for practice so this is why I bought the 50 cc, yet I love her. she is so much fun and has all the equipment and running gear as a big crusier.
What I am wondering is this. At MSF at our age , did you find the instructors a little shall we say harder on you cause of your age. Not really wanting you to pass? there is no problem to me riding at any age. Long as there is no safety problem.
What do you think April?
Maggy rides and will continue.

Posted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 8:36 pm
by motorcyclinmama
I'm 5ft. 1in. with a 27 inch inseam. I ride a Vulcan 500, and it fits me perfect! :D
I learned on this bike, and love it very much. I am going for my MSF in a few months.


Re: I need help

Posted: Thu May 03, 2007 12:47 am
by ejjury
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 went and bought a Honda 919. Granted, I just barely fit on it, but it is incredibly fun to ride. Try the 599 and see how that works for you.

Posted: Thu May 03, 2007 12:00 pm
by NightNurse
I have a 94 Yamaha Virago. I am almost 5'7, and fit perfectly on it! It is easy to ride, and not to heavy. I learned on a ninja 250. I could still flat foot on that bike as well, but not as comfortably. I would recomend a Virago for any female wanting to ride!

Posted: Wed May 16, 2007 9:33 am
by Marilee
I have a 2006 Honda Shadow 750 .. love it.. low and smooth.. I am 5'7 as well and it feels right to me. I was on my husband's bike a Boulevard CT50 and it was just too wide to me it felt overwhelming.

Posted: Wed May 30, 2007 1:07 pm
by Ryda Girl
I learned on a 1991 EX 500...Kawi. Great bike, bought it for $650. And you couldn't kill her, she was knocked over, pushed over, ran into a bucket truck with (not by me) and ran smooth through all that. LOL. They still make them. I'm 5' 7" lil on the skinny, but balancing when I was stopped was my biggest prob, didn't take long to conqer tho.
I own a 2000 CBR 929 now. LUV HER!
I recomend a 600cc for your first bike and work out with weights! That helped me a lot.

Posted: Sun Jun 10, 2007 10:18 pm
by mtn_horn
We bought Honda 750 Aero's as our first bikes - well technically, our first bikes were our scooters - but we wanted to get bikes that would allow us to get on the interstate - they felt heavy at first, but it didn't take much practice to have them feel natural. We are 5'8 and 5'9, and the Aero just feels "right." I'd imagine someone shorter would fit in the bike as well - I'm 5'8, but I have short legs (31 inch inseam) and my feet easily reach the ground.

I'd be concerned about buying something smaller than a 600 unless you buy it with the understanding that it is mostly a "trainer" for a short time (like 3-6 months). Buy it cheap, learn on it, and then pass it on.

Oh, and take the MSF course. :)

We took it twice - the second time as a "ladies only" class. I really liked that - there seemed to be more cooperation and camraderie in it.

Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2007 4:41 am
by cubmaster
:wink: I'm 5ft. 11in. I ride a cub and this forum makes me so tempting to get a bigger bike as I know only about cub....

Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2007 7:43 pm
by maggy
Well for me sence I could not get any help getting me to parking lot to practice I bought a little 50 cc tank bike. (custom cruiser) it is so cute and so great to learn on. Here in nV you do not need a M/C lincese or registration and etc to ride it on the streets because it is actually right under 50 cc. They consider it like the little scooters you see around with no plates on them. (depending on your state.
I road this little bike and road it and learned to be a good rider with it and then got on my shadow ace and away I went. Yes big difference in Balance and such but it comes to you.

Posted: Tue Aug 14, 2007 4:33 pm
by Shortcake23
Skier wrote: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. :)
How about a Buell Blast? I'm also new to riding (just doing my course now) and I'm 5'2" with a 27" inseam. I have a Buell Blast (it's a 500cc) with the regular seat height (27.5 inches) and I can touch with both feet on each side quite comfortably. It's listed as a "standard" type of bike.

As for a cruiser type, there's the Suzuki Boulevard S40 (650cc) that I've sat on at the dealer's and I could flat foot on both sides. And I've tried a Savage (which is now the Boulevard S40) on the weekend with the riding school, and was quite comfortable riding it at my height and with my abilities.

well for me

Posted: Wed Oct 03, 2007 5:00 am
by BytchAmy
I grew up rideing horses, dirt bikes go carts , 4 wheelers doon buggys iu still got my first bike & i liked the way it rode so thats why i got it I own a 2001 Suzuki GSXR 750. I am not short legged i am 125 5,8.

Posted: Thu Jan 31, 2008 3:16 am
by x0054
Ok, just saw this on top, going to throw my 2 cents in. I just taught a 5'6" 120 LB girl, hopefully my future girlfriend, how to ride on a FZR600. It's my spare bike now, and it was setup for me, so she had a hard time balancing it. She was on her tippitoes the entire time and I had to balance it for her for first 10 min or so. After that she got a hang of balancing it and could pick her legs up easily at speeds below 2MPH, which put's my first ride on a bike to shame, I was scraping my feet all the way up to 10mph.

So, at least considering how easy it was to teach her, I think that FZR600 is a good choice. The bike was at the top most setting, so you can lower it, I am going to do that later on. The only complaint she had was that the clutch is really hard. And it is, so maybe a clutch booster would be a good idea, they have them on ebay for cheep. The clutch on older bikes in general is a lot harder then new sport bikes.

Any way, guy's opinion on the issue, hope it helps.

re: what first bike

Posted: Mon Mar 31, 2008 1:57 am
by netty
Hi all. I've just signed up to the forum and read the what first bike post. If you are not that tall, a Suzuki Savage LS650 is a good bike. The seat height on mine is 27" which means that feet can easily reach the floor. I am 5'3" and my knees have quite a nice bend when sitting. It also means when I am stopped, I can put one foot down safely without wobbling.
Hope this info helps. If you want a more powerful bike then the Suzuki VS800 is pretty much the big brother of the Savage. Similar seat height but 800cc.
Happy riding.
Netty :D

Re: re: what first bike

Posted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 12:29 pm
by TylerR
Hi All:

New to the forum but not to the internet. ;) Rode pillion for 4 years and when he moved out of state, it seemed easier to get my own bike than a new boyfriend. :laughing:

Started on a Suzuki GZ250, then a Honda Shadow 750, and currently ride a '98 Triumph Trophy and an '01 Suzuki SV650 (standard). I'm 5'7" and have a 32" inseam which affords me a lot of choices out there.

I did come across the article below which has a great list of bikes, seat heights, and inseam measurements of which bike might fit which set of legs! ... riders.htm

I had the opportunity to ride a friend's Ninja 250 and can recommend that one for beginner riders and those with shorter legs. I too recommend starting small and then upgrading as your confidence and skills increases.


My first Bike - Twice

Posted: Sat Apr 19, 2008 10:05 am
by Mcroghan
Back in 1995 I bought a new Suzuki Intruder. It was a cruiser style bike and I really enjoyed it for the 5 + years I had it. Then I had kids and didn't ride again until this past summer. I bought a Suzuki S50 Boulevard. It is the same bike. And both times it has been perfect for me. It is light enough I feel I can handle it. I can keep up with the "big" bikes. It is comfortable, (or will be with a couple of additions). It sits low to the ground. I'm 5'7" but I have had friends shorter than I comment on how they can touch the ground and feel in control on it. The only bad thing is that it is a carborated engine. It can be a bit tempermental in cool weather.
I agree about the sport bikes seeming top heavy but I would try to find a course that allows you to ride different types of bike. That can be hard.
And don't buy and until you are sure on what you want!