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whats a good beginner bike for the wife

i'm just looking for some female input here. my wife is dying to buy a street bike. we already have the helmet, jacket, gloves. she's all signed up for a msf course in a month or so. but i can't seem to direct her to a bike that she can ride and like at the same time. i currently own a 06 zx10r but it's to tall and to much bike for her. plus it's mine. she use to ride dirt bikes when she was younger and in 94 she was learning to ride my katana 600 but just in the college parking lot. so she's still a newbie. she want's a bike similar to mine in looks. but her feet don't touch the ground at the same time. so all that said. i'm looking to find a bike that will fit a 5'3" - 145 - wonderful wife. she don't like the sv650 all that much. she thinks she'll out grow a ex 500 to quickly. so i need HELP!!!!!!!!

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Other than her height (which isn't THAT short), there's no difference between a new female rider and a new male rider. So consider any and all "starter" bikes that one would recommend to any other new rider. The Ninja 250, the Ninja 500, the GS500 (which has a sportier look than the smaller Ninjas), the SV650 and SV650S, and the Ninja 650.

Also, consider an older 600 series bike (an older ZX6R or an F2 or F3 can make a great starter bike for more mature riders... it's still a 600, and therefore powerful, but not a fraction as fast as NEW 600cc bikes).

If her objection to the SV is the naked look, consider this: a full fairing kit can be added for about $1000, and totally changes the look. They look excellent full faired (but at the same time, I'd urge her NOT to install fairings until she's got some seat time under her belt -- as we all know, she WILL drop the bike at least once in the early months, so it's better to just scrape up a frame slider than pretty new $1000 plastics).

As for "outgrowing" a 500cc bike too soon... I've known plenty of people who ride and stick with a 500cc bike long past "beginner" status. 500cc is still a respectable bike. Also, 250's and 500's can often be ridden for a year and turned around and sold for darn near what you paid for it, so you could always make her a deal like "Ride the snot outta this for a year, then we'll upgrade you once you've got some experience under your belt."

With regard to the not touching the ground, check this site for seat heights of many motorcycles:

http://motorcycles.about.com/library...eatheights.htm

More important than her height is her inseam, so keep that in mind when shopping.

As mentioned above, good riding boots can gain her some height as well. SIDI makes very high quality riding boots, and have some styles for women that can gain her as much as 2 inches.

Another option is to shave the seat -- I know of a girl who's barely 5'0" who got about 1.5" by shaving the foam in her seat (then once she was better acclimated to the bike, she replaced it with a stock seat for better cushioning).

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the ninja 250 served me well as a beginner bike, and i am about the same proportions as your wife. she has to learn how to ride first...then she can have her pick of all the flashy bikes. i wrung the neck of my 250 for 2 years before i even entertained the idea of a bigger bike, and when i did upgrade i was a nervous wreck because i thought i couldn't handle the 636. it was taller and heavier...a recipe for disaster, i was sure. but a set of lowering links gave me a big boost in confidence and i have been incident free for 2 years now.

tell your wife to cut her teeth on something easy to maneuver. she'll be glad she did. the confidence she gains as she builds her skills will be worth more than a wadded up brand new 600. there's plenty of nice looking starter bikes out there, and they're called starter bikes for a reason. she doesn't hafta keep it forever...just a season at least.

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If her objection to the SV is the naked look, consider this: a full fairing kit can be added for about $1000
You can get it for under 500 at ronayers.com


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You can get it for under 500 at ronayers.com

Schweet!! Even better!!!
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You could try to find her a used or 06 leftover Z750s. Low seat height, very tractable power, balance is very good. It was a great beginner bike for me. If she doesnt like the naked look, Eurobikes.com sells a set of lower fairings for $450.

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The Zuki dealer here told me $560. Are you talking about just the lower for the SV650S or the full fairing for the naked?
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The Zuki dealer here told me $560. Are you talking about just the lower for the SV650S or the full fairing for the naked?
We are talking lowers. Zuk dealers rip you off if you haven't figured that out yet. Buy on the internet. ronayers is an svriders best friend for OEM.

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The Zuki dealer here told me $560. Are you talking about just the lower for the SV650S or the full fairing for the naked?
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We are talking lowers. Zuk dealers rip you off if you haven't figured that out yet. Buy on the internet. ronayers is an svriders best friend for OEM.
I was talking the lower for the S, and I was quoted a ballpark figure by a (you guessed it) Zuk dealer.

Good to know the price on Ron Ayers is so good (in the event I ever pick up an SV )
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Sound advice in this thread.

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You could try to find her a used or 06 leftover Z750s. Low seat height, very tractable power, balance is very good. It was a great beginner bike for me. If she doesnt like the naked look, Eurobikes.com sells a set of lower fairings for $450.

Not that much lower than the dealer said. Plus, what is shipping like?
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Not that much lower than the dealer said. Plus, what is shipping like?
I dont have them on my bike.
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with pretty much everyone here already...

IMHO its always best to start out with an easier to ride bike than something you need to "grow" into...cuz often you dont have the time to "grow" before you go down cuz you dont know what youre doing...

the Ninja 250 is an awesome bike for a newbie, it is very easy to ride, allowing you to focus on learning how to ride...it can go up to triple digits if she is worried about that, it just doesnt have the throw your a$$ off the back kick as some of the bigger bikes do... and the BEST thing about the 250 is, ride it for a few months or a season, learn what your doing, then sell it for pretty much what you paid for it and then move on to another bike...i know the newer gxr 600s are pretty low and very light...i hope to get one myself...i just dont know if I am going to sell my honda to get it...

actually pretty much all my friends are my height (5'2") or shorter and we all started with 250s and have/are stepped up to bigger bikes after that, within the season...and it has made us much better riders and waaay more comfortable than I think any of us would have been if we'd started on something too big...

check out the ladies section and you will see that alot of us have issues with height, picking the right bike, etc...

and get her on here!!! we wanna meet her!
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...you will see that alot of us have issues with height...
Speak for yourself!!!!!





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yeah yeah, we cant all be beautiful AND TALL!!!

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yeah yeah, we cant all be beautiful AND TALL!!!

Hey, hot-n-petite apparently works well for you!!
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You can get it for under 500 at ronayers.com

I I bought mine last week, (lowers for a 2006 SV650S) and they came today. They'll be installed this weekend. $464 AFTER shipping. There are BIN deal on e-bay from dealers, and I found one internet retail site that was around $450 before shipping.

I'll post new pictures when I get all the toys installed, (may take two weekends).
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HOnda Hawk GT. 650cc V-Twin, Single Sided swingarm, light, narrow (good for those inseam-challenged), and quick enough to not get bored of.

The twins seem to be a friendly type of power for new riders. Torque is good whilst learning clutch & throttle application. I-4s can be intimidating when they come on the cam, IMHO...

Plus, you can find Hawks for $2k all day long.

Aaaaaaaaannnddd, you won't get bored riding it yourself. Assuming she lets you, that is...
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go to as many dealers you can and have her sit on 'em all used...new... like shoes.. a nike feels different then an adidas... even if they are both a size 10...

ps i ride a 600 and wear a size 10 1/2 sneeker... ...... ...
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