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.'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.
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.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 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?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!!
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?My boyfriend has been riding for years and incessantly insists that I start out on a 600.
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.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!
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.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.