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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 12-06-2001, 05:54 PM Thread Starter
 
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Wife, New rider 750 Katana

I just got a 929. The wife wants to start riding the 99' 750 Katana. She's 5'4" tall, with a fairly long inseam. Her feet aren't completely flat on the ground when she sits on it(except for the time that I sat on the back, which isn't going to happen in public) . Should we lower the bike, cut out some of the seat, or have her wear go go boots. What’s your impression of the Kat as a first bike? It's a little heavy, but it has a very smooth manageable power band in the low RPM's and a very comfy riding position. She really likes full fairing bikes, so esthetically the cat is perfect. She already has her helmet and padded leather Alpinestars jacket.
She wants to start taking baby steps in baron parking lots, and taking other baby steps, until she can do the MSF course in March.
Everyone might find this interesting; my wife actually suggested to me a while back that she would like to have a bike some day. A street bike was the furthest thing from my mind. Now it's always on my mind. So, she turned me on to street biking. WHAT A WOMAN!
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post #2 of 29 (permalink) Old 12-06-2001, 07:34 PM
 
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Kat 750 should be fine. If she can keep her balance and wheel it about easily enough at the slow speeds I wouldn't worry about adjusting it. If she's real close to tipping over then lower it till she's comfy. If she is confident then she's probably okay.

She got any sisters like her.
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post #3 of 29 (permalink) Old 12-07-2001, 05:32 AM
 
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The Go-Go boots sound good ha ha.... Wish her good luck from us all at SBW

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post #4 of 29 (permalink) Old 12-07-2001, 05:34 AM
 
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I forgot to say what's your first impressions of the 929 ??? I bet it feels like a rocket compared to what your used to riding
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post #5 of 29 (permalink) Old 12-07-2001, 05:50 AM
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If she's just shy of feeling stable with most of her feet on the ground, I'd look into shaving some foam off the seat or buying an aftermarket seat. That should solve the problem. Thick boots will help too, but I've found I don't like the tread on the bottom. I prefer a "smoother" sole so that my foot doesn't accidentally get stuck on the footpeg. It's an incidental problem, but for a new rider could be a bit nerve wracking.

As for starting on the Kat 750, she should be fine. I would always recommend starting smaller, but since it's a Katana and not a GSXR or something, she'll be fine. The Katanas are well suited to new riders.

Tell your wife for all us girls "welcome to the club!"
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post #6 of 29 (permalink) Old 12-07-2001, 05:58 AM
 
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An aftermarket seat might lower it just enough so she can be comfortable at a stop light. If you don't want to pay full freight search the internet for used parts (especially ebay). People are always selling them. It might make sense for her to use the bikes provided by MSF - that way she has a little more experience / confidence when she sets out on the Kat.
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post #7 of 29 (permalink) Old 12-07-2001, 06:09 AM
 
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Exclamation go-go boots

watch out that they're not too thick though... might not have enough room between the peg and the shifter...
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post #8 of 29 (permalink) Old 12-07-2001, 06:45 AM
 
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She got any sisters like her.
Oh, Grant. You're in deep do-do now.
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post #9 of 29 (permalink) Old 12-07-2001, 12:05 PM
 
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Oh, Grant. You're in deep do-do now.
Keeps it interesting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The chasing and beatings are just her way of saying I love you.

Good thing she hasn't seen this.

Oh shit, uh, no honey, that's just a joke, when did you get home, uh, ouch, not so hard, I gotta go to work tomarrow and people will talk if they see the bruises again.

Gotta go!!
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Keeps it interesting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The chasing and beatings are just her way of saying I love you.

Good thing she hasn't seen this.

Oh shit, uh, no honey, that's just a joke, when did you get home, uh, ouch, not so hard, I gotta go to work tomarrow and people will talk if they see the bruises again.

Gotta go!!
No no no. You should have said. "But honey, I was just trying to find someone for Desmo!"
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