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#141 Unread post by Prickles » Fri Jul 04, 2008 5:38 pm

:D Hi everyone, I'm a very new rider - not picking my bike up til next saturday. I'm only 5'2 so i was looking for a bike i could put my feet on the ground. I liked the Suzuki Cruiser Intruder but decided for price and size to go with the new 2008 Honda CBR 125R. Would like to know what anyone else thinks of the bike.
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#142 Unread post by Scotwench » Sat Aug 09, 2008 12:52 am

Hello Ladies... new poster here. What a great site!

My first bike was an '04 Honda 250 Rebel. It sat in the shop for most of a year before I began really "riding" her. It took me awhile to feel comfortable on it and just never felt like I could keep up with DH's VTX1300, (although she really did for the type of riding we do). I've been riding her fairly hard for the past six months and just upgraded. I got a great deal on a '99 Honda VT600CD and have sold the Reb.

Man, I am loving the power of this girl! She has plenty of spunk for my interstate commute when I ride to work. Plus, she was cheap enough that I can transform her into "my bike". The to-do list grows more every day! :D

I am only 5'2 and none of that limited height is in my legs so it's been tough for me to find much that I can flat-foot and this one works great for me!

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#143 Unread post by kawgurl » Thu Sep 25, 2008 1:35 pm

I started with a Suzuki Boulevard C50T (=800cc). It felt like an absolute MONSTER after riding the 250's in my training course, but it didn't take me long to get used to it. I put about 1000 miles on it in the first two months and found it to be very vibratey (?) and uncomfortable and not really strong enough for passing on the highway confidently, so I sold it and moved into the (used) Meanstreak.

I had my husband and a number of my guy friends going "I told ya so.." but I have no regrets about starting on the Suzuki before moving into something bigger and stronger - I mean - it's MY RIDE! They agree it was probably the right thing to do. They are boys, you know. :laughing:
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#144 Unread post by Purple Princess » Mon Sep 29, 2008 8:36 pm

I was afraid to get something to heavy. But then I worried about growing out of a smaller bike. I am 5'7. So............I finally settled on the honda shadow 750. I love it. But mainly b/c I am a purple FREAK. AND yes its purple
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#145 Unread post by Redheadedsissy » Wed Oct 01, 2008 6:36 pm

I don't have my bike yet, but am a rider for most of my life. I am looking into getting one for myself but having some problems with trying to find the right one for me. This will be my first bike, and i don't need anything with all the bells and whistles. At 5'6, I am not the shortest thing, but i want to be able to be flat footed on the ground. I also am looking for something that would be be able to ride on longier trips as i am in PA and i have family in WI that also ride. Any ideas on some things i can look at?

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#146 Unread post by MZ33 » Thu Oct 02, 2008 9:17 am

Do you know what type of bike you are interested in? Cruiser, sport, standard, etc?
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#147 Unread post by Sass » Wed Oct 08, 2008 10:27 am

For my first bike I want the Kawa ZZR600. I am 5'8", think I can handle it??? I don't want to start out with a 250, get bored and want something stronger.

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#148 Unread post by Somerled » Thu Oct 30, 2008 11:41 am

I started out on a used Honda Rebel 250.........then graduated up to a Honda Shadow A.C.E. Tourer 1998 1000. PERFECT for me :>

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#149 Unread post by Lion_Lady » Thu Oct 30, 2008 1:31 pm

Sass wrote:For my first bike I want the Kawa ZZR600. I am 5'8", think I can handle it??? I don't want to start out with a 250, get bored and want something stronger.
Have you read the sticky threads in New Riders? Your height has little to do with whether or not you can 'handle' the bike. Its gonna weigh around 400 lbs. I couldn't find a the horsepower listed on the Kawasaki web page. Unless your sole reason for riding is to 'go fast' its hard to ride even a 250 to its limit. You'll master the skills better on something small and 'pre-dropped.'

Keep in mind, that the zzr may look sweet right now, but once you get riding it is not uncommon for folks to realize that what they thought was THE bike for them is no longer fits their riding style... its your first bike, not your last.

Take the MSF Basic Riders Course, buy used, master the basics. Then that zzr will be a much better choice.

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#150 Unread post by tx2wheels » Fri Nov 07, 2008 12:26 pm

My first bike's a 2005 yamaha v-star classic 650. In response to the person that moved up to a sportster, a big consideration for me with that bike was that it was too light for the power and felt very top heavy, which was probably why she didn't like the feel. At 5'7", I'm not short, but I like to sit low "in" the bike rather than perched "on top" of the bike. That lowers the center of gravity for greater stability. I tried out a lot of bikes before I found one that had the street feel and stability I liked. Don't be afraid to do that, and to work off referrals from your riding friends to find a dealer that you can be honest with about your needs.

Also, weight and power also increase stability. If you know how to lift it properly, weight really shouldn't be your main concern. I thought it was, but was proven wrong by my instructor, who couldn't have weighed over 90 pounds and had no problem at all righting a heavy bike.

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#151 Unread post by Sherri650 » Sat Nov 29, 2008 8:07 am

After completing the MSF course, my husband bought a VTX 1300 for himself, assuming I would ride the VStar 650. Unfortuately, the crusier position did not feel right. I grew up riding dirt bikes and prefer leaning forward or more upright. So I bought a 2003 Suzuki SV650s. My MSF instructor recommended this bike to me along with several others.

My husband wants to lower it so he can ride it better! I am 5'8" with a 33" inseam and he has a 30" inseam. I told him I really like the seat height just where it is. :) However, he is going to add clip-ons for me to bring the bars up a bit. That way I won't be putting so much weight on my wrists. Has anyone else done this?
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#152 Unread post by Wolfey » Sun Dec 28, 2008 3:47 pm

I chose a Yamaha V-Star 1100 Classic. She's heavy, but very smooth and stable. For me and this bike, it's all about control and awareness, and practice. Just like it would be on any other bike, I guess.
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#153 Unread post by Fiddler » Mon Feb 09, 2009 8:10 pm

I couldn't help myself... There I was in a dealership with my 20-year-old son who said, "Hey mom, come check this out!" Of course the salesman thought my son was the one who was actually going to buy a bike, hehe. I sat on the bike and liked everything about it. Now it's mine. It's a Triumph Thruxton.

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#154 Unread post by Triumphgirl » Fri Mar 06, 2009 3:01 pm

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. :)
My sister rides a Suzuki Boulevard, its great for the vertically challenged. As she is only 5' 2" it is great for her. Its a nice lean, compact bike, not to heavy.

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#155 Unread post by Trobairitz » Wed Mar 11, 2009 6:18 pm

Okay, so I am a newbie rider and a newbie to the forums. I have been lurking for about a month and finally joined today. I have enjoyed reading all of the posts about ladies getting excited about motorcycling and love reading the replies and advice.

My hubby has been riding since he was a kid and has had bikes the whole time we've been together (15 years). I grew up riding pillion on my mom's old trail bikes and her Harley and continued with hubby's bikes.

I've wanted to get into riding on my own and 6 years ago took the Team Oregon MSF course and got my endorsement. Things have always come up and we've never gotten me my own bike. Hadn't been a priority. Now it is. I already have all the gear as we are both ATGATT type of people.

Hubby taught me to ride on his 1976 Kawasaki KZ 900. I was comfortable riding around parking lots and shifting, braking etc until I took the safety course and used the little Honda Rebels. Was weird going back tot he KZ after.

I am just shy of 5'8" and it is almost all legs. The 250's, even the Ninjas do not fit well with my frame. I think toilet seats are taller than the seat of a Rebel 250.

Hubby currently has a 2007 Triumph Bonneville America he's had for a year. Prior to that he had a 2001 Triumph Sprint ST.

My question to all of you out there in forum land is what do you think of a BMW G 650 GS as a first bike? We are looking for a bike to do dual purpose. Something for him to commute in the winter as he rides year round and likes the idea of heated grips and ABS. (Was cold when he rode out this morning at 26 F degrees)

We feel the bike would suit both our purposes - me for weekend riding and him for weekday riding. We've been to the shops and they feel super comfortable and light. I like that they are only 423 lbs wet weight and the gas tank is under the seat so the center of gravity is lower. A Honda dealership actually recommended the BMW to us as a first bike.

Thought? Words of wisdom? Any and all advice is appreciated. :wearenotworthy: :wearenotworthy: :wearenotworthy:
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#156 Unread post by amysue529 » Sat Apr 04, 2009 10:03 am

Just curious, I am a new rider ( the only experience I have is laps in a parking lot) and I REALLY want to get out there. I don't really like the idea of starting on a cruiser, I think a sportbike fits my personality better. My boyfriend has been riding for years and incessantly insists that I start out on a 600. I have rode his bike in a parking lot and just think that a 250 ninja will be better for me. Everyone says that if I get a 250 I will regret it because I will be ready to trade it in so fast. I cant touch on the 600 ( i know it can be lowered) and it just feels SO heavy. I cant even really keep it stable just sitting still. Experience women riders PLEASE HELP! I need advice!
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#157 Unread post by amysue529 » Sat Apr 04, 2009 10:11 am

Hotscootermama wrote:I started on my '08 Ninja 250. I'm only 5'1" but we raised the handlebars 1" and lowered the back 2" I can almost flat foot it now!!
How long have you had your 250? I want one to learn on, I really like the 2008's new body style, but everyone tells me to start bigger because I will get bored fast. Just curious, how's it worked out for you so far?
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#158 Unread post by MZ33 » Sat Apr 04, 2009 5:17 pm

My boyfriend has been riding for years and incessantly insists that I start out on a 600.
Get a better boyfriend. Seriously. What right does he have to insist on what you ride? Does he like to control everything else in your life, too? Your car? Your clothes? Is he of the disposition that it's his way or no way? What gear does he wear, by the way?

It's tough to be a newbie when you are surrounded by bad advice. You want to be able to depend on them for help and pointers, but you have to be able to trust what they are telling you. It helps to be armed with a little more information: read the Sticky about newbies and 600 cc sportbikes in the Newbie Forum. And FYI, the highest crash rate for new riders were for those that were taught by their friends. Those rates were higher even than those who taught themselves. My guess is that peer pressure and the illusion of expertise have something to do with that. The best thing you can do for yourself is take lessons from a professional instructor, so take the Motorcycle Safety Foundation Beginner Course. They may even have a 250 Ninja or 500cc Buell for you to learn on.

Even if you lower the heavier sportbike, it will be top heavy, and that will be harder for you to handle than for your guy friends to handle. I have a Versys, and though it is 100 lbs lighter than our V Star cruiser, it is much harder for me to move around in the garage. If I had absolutely no experience, it would be a disaster.

When you are ready to sell your Ninja, there will be somebody ready to buy it. It won't lose much value in a year or two.

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#159 Unread post by Lion_Lady » Sun Apr 05, 2009 4:05 pm

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amysue529 wrote:Just curious, I am a new rider ( the only experience I have is laps in a parking lot) and I REALLY want to get out there. I don't really like the idea of starting on a cruiser, I think a sportbike fits my personality better. My boyfriend has been riding for years and incessantly insists that I start out on a 600. I have rode his bike in a parking lot and just think that a 250 ninja will be better for me. Everyone says that if I get a 250 I will regret it because I will be ready to trade it in so fast. I cant touch on the 600 ( i know it can be lowered) and it just feels SO heavy. I cant even really keep it stable just sitting still. Experience women riders PLEASE HELP! I need advice!
A LOT of guys assume that what worked for them will work for the lady in their life... they forget (or just don't KNOW) that guys are fine with the "try it, drop it, try it again, drop it, kick it, try it again" method of learning. Women are NOT.

Women like to have a good idea of what they're doing, AND be comfortable with the "equipment" before learning a new skill. As an MSF instructor, I've heard horror stories of women who took hubby or boyfriend's advice and tried to learn to ride on a big cruiser or sportbike and either got hurt, or just plain scared themselves spitless on a too big or too touchy machine.

Take the MSF Basic Riders Course first ( www.msf-usa.org ). You don't even need to have a motorcycle - the course provides "starter" bikes. Usually 250cc "standard" motorcycles. The cool is you'll learn all the important stuff that will help you build your skills and become a safe motorcyclist. No need to worry about meeting bf's expectations (or learning his possibly "bad" riding habits).

Why not go looking for a USED 250cc bike? They're always in high demand, and you won't lose money at resale like you may buying new and selling "in six months." No worries about denting/scratching a pristine machine and they're generally cheaper to insure.

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#160 Unread post by Lion_Lady » Sun Apr 05, 2009 4:14 pm

Trobairitz wrote:Okay, so I am a newbie rider and a newbie to the forums. I have been lurking for about a month and finally joined today. I have enjoyed reading all of the posts about ladies getting excited about motorcycling and love reading the replies and advice. . .


I am just shy of 5'8" and it is almost all legs. The 250's, even the Ninjas do not fit well with my frame. I think toilet seats are taller than the seat of a Rebel 250.

Hubby currently has a 2007 Triumph Bonneville America he's had for a year. Prior to that he had a 2001 Triumph Sprint ST.

My question to all of you out there in forum land is what do you think of a BMW G 650 GS as a first bike? We are looking for a bike to do dual purpose. Something for him to commute in the winter as he rides year round and likes the idea of heated grips and ABS. (Was cold when he rode out this morning at 26 F degrees)

We feel the bike would suit both our purposes - me for weekend riding and him for weekday riding. We've been to the shops and they feel super comfortable and light. I like that they are only 423 lbs wet weight and the gas tank is under the seat so the center of gravity is lower. A Honda dealership actually recommended the BMW to us as a first bike.

Thought? Words of wisdom? Any and all advice is appreciated. :wearenotworthy: :wearenotworthy: :wearenotworthy:
We've got similar "dimensions:" Me - 34" inseam, 5'8" tall. I started out on the BMW f650CS. I LOVED that bike! The underseat gas tank is pretty cool.

The G650GS is not high powered, light weight, I'd say that it is probably a good choice. I think I'm gonna have to go take a test ride, myself.

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