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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-24-2003, 03:41 AM Thread Starter
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sport touring question....

I am just looking at bikes right now, but I find myself more attracted to the sport touring kinds of bikes. I am 5'6", 130 lbs. The only problem I see with them is they weigh a considerable amount more than the sport bikes. Kawasaki's are my favorites and I really like the ZZR600, but it weighs 430 lbs., where the Ninja ZX-6r weighs 50 lbs. less. Are there any ladies out there who ride, or have ridden, sport tourers? What size are you (if you don't mind me asking)? Thank you!
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If it's a well balanced bike, the weight shouldn't be super-noticeable once you're moving. Unfortunately, I can't give impressions on any of the bikes you've listed, but I can tell you that as long as you're confident in your riding at low speeds you'll be fine on any bike you purchase.

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My dad has the Honda Interceptor VFR800. It's noticably heavier than my GS500 was, but it is kinda expected to. I'm 5'9" and about 145lbs. I am VERY comfortable on it. I have never looked at either of the above mentioned Kawi's, but like Elo said, the true test is whether or not you feel comfortable at slow speeds. My dad's dual-sport BMW before he traded in on the Honda was VERY uncomfortable for me to ride b/c of how high it was. It really all boils down to what YOU feel safe with.
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For a new rider. Try the Kawasaki 500R. Otherwise known as the EX 500. It is low enough that you should be able to touch the ground and its an easy bike to ride for learning purposes! Lots of aftermarket stuff for the bike too!
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I'm about 5'5" and 137 lbs and I own a Kawi ZX6E (now to be called ZZR600). It's a pretty heavy bike at first, but you get used to things and it becomes second nature to know where to put your foot down. It's pretty top-heavy and yet kinda feels well balanced, though it may be the "second nature" feel that I'm talking about. It's a very forgiving bike, especially in the corners and it's very comfortable as well. It also has great stopping power, which I use a lot due to cagers and stoplights.

When I'm riding, I feel a lot more stable, even in crosswinds and drafts from an 18 wheeler. It's a great choice for a starter bike, and if you want to modify it (extra hp or comfort or sound) there are more aftermarket parts for it than I thought. People on this site, like Jammin Johnny, have more info about aftermarket parts than I do.

It becomes more "flickable" in corners when you're at about half a tank. Again, it all becomes second nature and it may be a bit intimidating at first, but I believe you'll enjoy it. You'll have the comfort AND the speed with good cornering and stopping ability all in one... a very fun ride.

The dash is well done with everything being visible. The clock is a bonus to which I've used many times... maybe I'm anal about time. Anyways, whatever you choose, ride safe and enjoy.!

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