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!
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.
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!"
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.