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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 08-28-2005, 03:43 PM Thread Starter
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Question for Woman Sportbike Riders?

Hi, I just wanted to ask you ladies something. My wife is dieing to start riding. We have been married for two years, and for the last two years she has been riding behind me and loving it. But for the last month she has been telling me she is wanting to have her own bike.

So as with most men, I start thinking to myself, "What's the smallest, and safest bike I can possibly buy her"? And pretty much everything I think is what she needs to start on is something she dont want.

I thought maybe a nice 250 KZ, Honda Rebel, 350 or anything in that range would be a perfect first bike. She has drove my dirtbike quiet abit and a 4 wheeler. But she dont have any solo street experience.

She is wanting a 749 Ducati :P, And that would scare the crap out of me. I own a Ducati, and know that those Fairings are very expensive to fix if they fall over. Not to mention, I still think the bike is to fast for her. But im not her Dad, and she makes enough money being a Nurse to buy her bike without my help.

Anyways she is 5'8" tall and weighs 124lbs. She has dirtbike experience, and is apparently addicted to speed like me. Any advice?

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As a nurse, she should be acutely aware of just how dangerous bikes are and, therefore, the need to take small steps in learning how to handle them.

Support her decision to start riding, but encourage her to take a course and start smaller, older and cheaper.

This idea of "get a big one and just be careful" is f*cking ludicrous!




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As a nurse, she should be acutely aware of just how dangerous bikes are and, therefore, the need to take small steps in learning how to handle them.

Support her decision to start riding, but encourage her to take a course and start smaller, older and cheaper.

This idea of "get a big one and just be careful" is f*cking ludicrous!

She is going to be taking classes. She is already signed up to start tomorrow. Maybe it will change her mind abit, the biggest bike have on there training course is a 250

I have to agree, I think a big one and being careful isnt the right choice. She is a strong girl, but backing up a 749 Ducati should prove tough without some training, and thats and expensive lesson to learn if it drops....

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...if it drops...
When, not if. Pretty much everyone drops them at least once, even if stationary.

A method you can employ to keep her on a smaller bike is to ride "with" her, not 10 miles down the road "because she can't keep up."

Perhaps you should get her online here to look around and chat with some of the girls (and guys for that matter)?? There's bucket-loads of first-hand experience to access here.




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Started my better half off, on a Monster 620ie Greatest starter bike in the world, low HP, Low to the ground, so ezzz to learn on and you can find them very cheap. Also when she is at work you can get your rocks off by blasting around the twisties also no plastic to fix....lol
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I feel your wife's pain, but mine was amplified by the fact that I am only 5'1". Finding a sportbike to fit my runty frame was just about impossible. The Ninja 250? Yeah, waaaaay too tall.

I did NOT want a cruiser, sorry but the styling just wasn't my thing. At. All.

I wound up with a Buell Blast (pretty close to a cruiser.. grrrr), decided I hated it after putting less than 100 miles on it. My husband got a Honda XX for a wedding present and I inhereted his F4.

If your wife isn't into the cruiser scene, don't try to force her onto one, you're only going to inheret a financial albatross (the Buell is in the garage, 250 miles on it and I am still making payments). I would definitely have her start older and used, that way it's not so heartbreaking when she drops it.

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...My husband got a Honda XX for a wedding present...
Hmmm... Bike Registry instead of Gift...




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Hmmm... Bike Registry instead of Gift...

It was purely selfish on my part. He gets the XX, I get the F4, everybody's happy!

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Sweet! We're actually having a Honeymoon Registry, where guests just give us cash to help pay for our Honeymoon.

Anyway, back on topic...

Never - my girl is about the same height as yours and weighs about 115 lbs. She rides a '99 ZZR 250, which was my learner.

Now, I'm 5'10" / 185 lbs, and I could get that thing up to 100mph. Not bad for 40hp! It only weighs 320 lbs, so you can flick it around easily too.

We even went two-up on it many times and still easily kept up with highway traffic!




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...and is apparently addicted to speed like me. Any advice?
Those words right there are a good reason to have a small bike for a while. A lighter bike would help her build up the confidence (not just at times when she has to pick it up).

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