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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-26-2006, 11:44 PM Thread Starter
 
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1st bike for small person

I am a 5'4ish 125 pd female and I am looking for my first bike. All of the bikes people have told me will fit are very low on power and quite old. I want a reliable bike with enough power to scoot me out of trouble and keep me entertained after the initial learning period. The car will be used to learn and go around freeways and twisties. I also may take it to the track since I am there frequently with cars. Thanks

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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-27-2006, 02:46 AM
 
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Cant go wrong with a GS500 or a ninja 500 then. the ninja 250 is a great bike to learn on, But im not sure if its got enough power to keep one entertained for a while. I have never rode either the gs500 or ninja 500. But I would assume they have a bit more power then a 250, and would do great at the track.
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post #3 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-27-2006, 05:27 AM
 
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Try the SV650, its got a pretty low seat height, enough power to last you for a while not being so demanding that its dangerous.
I've seen lots of them at the track. A set of gixxer forks should slide right in whenever you are ready for them.



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post #4 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-27-2006, 05:34 AM
 
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honda shadow would work well for you.
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post #5 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-27-2006, 07:05 AM
 
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You might look at the YZF 600. I'm fairly small myself at 5'9 and I could fit very easily on it without adjusting it. The bike also has some power but not a ton. You can also, once you get comfortable with riding, boost the power for only a little bit of cash.

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post #6 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-27-2006, 07:28 AM
 
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^ 5' 9" isnt small buddy. 5' 8" is the average height of men in the US.

What kind of bike are you looking for? sports or crusier? you could get away with a sports touring bike too, usually those have a much more upright seating position thats lower to the ground. I know for a fact that stock height on my cbr600 f2 is a bit too tall for a girl I tought who was 5' 2". Her feet didn't even touch the ground when the bike was upright.

You shouldn't have a problem if you look for crusier bikes as their seats are lower then sports bike. A 500gs should be good for you, but test fit any bike before you buy.
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post #7 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-27-2006, 08:35 AM
 
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5'4" would not be good on a YZF 600. No power? I had my '98 to 155mph and it still had more.

Never seen a ninja 250 before last week when we got one in the shop (with 480 miles on it). Suzuki doesn't spend much producing those things. It looks like an '88 and it's an '04. Everyone who comes to the shop we ask what year they think the bike is, the highest we have had guessed yet was a '93. After we cleaned the carbs we took it for a test ride to make sure everything was functioning. Absolutely no power at all. I wouldn't even recommend that bike to a noob. Two thumbs down from me...


Unless someone else here is 5'4" it's hard to recommend a bike. Your going to just have to go sit on some and see which one's fit. Let us know what you find...





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post #8 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-27-2006, 08:41 AM
 
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um.... did you just say suzuki doesn't spend much money prod. Ninja 250s?
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post #9 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-27-2006, 08:51 AM
 
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UH.... Yeah.

By looking at a ninja 250 does it really look like they are putting a lot of time and money into that thing??? Is their styling department working overtime coming up with classic '80's look's? The engine guy's are working late wondering how they can get the thing to produce less power?

So yeah, that's what I'm saying...






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post #10 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-27-2006, 08:52 AM
 
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They look like they are from the 80's because they are. Why dump millions into R&D for a bike that isnt goint to sell well?



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