Originally posted by Triple
Yeah, EX250's, EX500's, GS500's, etc are all great beginner's bikes, but why lady riders should start smaller than a lot of male riders do is a little condescending.
Who ever said guys should start out on something bigger than this? I recommend these bikes to EVERYONE who asks.
FWIW, these are bikes that are common for girls to start out on, recommended by female riders. As much as I hate it, women tend to have different approaches to riding than men, and these bikes seem to fit that attitude better. This is experience talking, not pandering.
Any new rider can safely start out on a bike with more power so long as they understand clutch modulation, know the basic controls of a motorcycle, etc. And especially if she has taken some type of safety course. If you want to go cheap, sure, buy a Ninja 250. But I say that she can start out on a machine that she won't get bored of so quickly.
True, but any seasoned rider will probably tell you that that's still not the best way to start. One mis-step on a bike with more power will easily put a new rider into an unsavory situation. The same mis-step on one of these bikes will probably not or at the very least, it won't have dire consequences. Imagine an accidental extra twist of the wrist in a corner on a GSXR 750 vs. an EX500.
My suggestion-- a Kawasaki ZR-7 or ZR-7S. Tame, predictable power delivery, but enough power to kill anything on four wheels and keep the rider entertained for a while. That, and used 2000 models are going for cheap right now.
All of these bikes will kill any four wheeled vehicle off the line. As for getting bored, it is MHO that people get bored for the wrong reasons. So you can't go 150 mph in a straight line after 6 months on a Ninja 250. Doesn't mean you're a skilled rider because you want to.