Hiya, I have been a member for a while but due to various reasons (life too busy!) i haven't posted much...
Anyways a friend sent me a link to something on here and I thought it was about time I did some posting LOL.
First bike choice? I am 5'3" and I went from a trailbike straight onto a Harley. It comes down to what you are comfortable on, if it has good handling then weight shouldn't be an issue...until you drop it hahahahaha.
Which brings me to another point, I have a rule that if I can't pick it up then its too big for me...
Another rule is that if I can't touch at least one foot to the ground then its too tall for me...
My current ride is an X1 Buell. I have had it for almost 9 years now and absolutely love it. But it IS a tall bike and if it weren't for the fact that the seat has been greatly modified I wouldn't be able to touch the ground!
Someone made a comment about 2" making a lot of difference and that is soooooo true. Before I demo a bike I always stick the specs to see what the seat height is LOL.
I don't really think that cc's come into it when picking a bike that you like, some people think that you are less likely to come to grief on a 250 than you are on a 600 but I totally disagree with that. There are some wickedly fast 250s out there!!!
Rider skill level is a BIG factor in choosing a bike and another point I would make is that its good to listen to other peoples advice but don't let yourself be talked into something that isn't right for you.
But how do you know if it IS the bike for you???
EASY! Take it for a demo ride and you will know!!! When I took my Buell for a demo ride I was really only riding it cos the HD I wanted wasn't available.
Well at the end of the day I asked if I could take it out again and the next time I rode it I bought it!!!!
It just felt so totally right