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At 80 is it comfortable? Or is it vibrating and whizzing WAHHHHHH all over the place?
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It's pretty much vibrating like hell and the wind gets to you (the wind is the biggest problem for me)

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It's pretty much vibrating like hell and the wind gets to you (the wind is the biggest problem for me)
I see...

I wonder if they make an aftermarket front fairing for that bike? That would solve most of your wind issues. But I think you said you are getting rid of it soon for a 600 so whatever
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hmm.. I've been an (indicated) 90 mph on the 250 on an empty straight rural road. I was tucked in, and there was tons of wind of course, but still I felt like the only thing limiting it was the engine, not the wind/ my comfort.

I sat on a blast yesterday, it really is nice, low, lightweight. confidence inspiring. they just need to make these sub 600cc bikes less UGLY! lol

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Add to that... chances are you WILL drop your bike. It happens to (most) everyone. If you've got a gorgeous, new bike, you'll be heartbroken when you drop it (not to mention, worrying about dropping a pretty new bike is additional stress a new rider just doesn't need). If you've got an older, less pretty bike to start on, you won't be as stressed (and you won't when you suffer your first drop).


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I'm 5'3" and I'm currently riding my first bike which is a Buell Blast. With the regular seat on it I can put my feet flat on the ground, and there is a lower seat available. The Blast is a very good starter bike because it's got a nice set up and is confidence inspiring. It's also relatively cheap and easy to off load when you want to move up.
Only problem I have with the Blast (other than I'm 6'2" ) is the cruiser-style seating. I sat on one at the dealer, and couldn't imagine riding it...ever.
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I sat on a blast yesterday, it really is nice, low, lightweight. confidence inspiring. they just need to make these sub 600cc bikes less UGLY! lol
GS500f, Hyo250R look decent... so does the ZZR250.

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I am 5'11" so really I just have to worry about being able to tuck my legs up...and actually my knees go out past the "grooves" in the tank.

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I'm 6'4 so I'm worthless to you there but... I've met several short riders, most of them lowered the bike and regretted the handling effects. A girl I know rides with these cowboy boots type things with a real big pronounced heel which gives her several inches of lift while still allowing her to shift and brake easily, might give those a shot.
250's and older 500's seem real low to me, might give those a try. One thing I definatly suggest is going to a dealership with a large amount and variety of bikes and spend an hour sitting on them. I mean 5-10 minutes on each one your interested in. It's super easy to love a bike, sit on it and convince yourself it's perfect only to live with a mistake for a couple years. Put your feet on the pegs and see how it feels, sit up, crouch down, one foot down, both down, lean the bike slightly from side to side while on either legs, make sure it's a perfect fit. The reach to the handlebars should NOT be a difficult reach for you, you will get sick of riding really quick if it's a stretch to ride.

Random weirdness; some gnarly short harley guy I saw somewhere had these smallish looking wheels, quite a bit smaller than stock it seemed and it made the bike a lot lower. No idea how this effects handling or anything but maybe smaller wheels and tires are a way to lower the bike without effecting the handling as badly as dog bones?

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Random weirdness; some gnarly short harley guy I saw somewhere had these smallish looking wheels, quite a bit smaller than stock it seemed and it made the bike a lot lower. No idea how this effects handling or anything but maybe smaller wheels and tires are a way to lower the bike without effecting the handling as badly as dog bones?

good luck!
he rides a Harley- I doubt he's concerned about handling.

Another suggestion I've heard for trying bikes: see it the dealer will set it up on a rearstand so you can get both feet on the pegs...or have a friend hold it upright.

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I'm leaning toward her getting a hyo250r as they have a modern look to em (yes vanity :lol) and I've not heard nuttin bad about them really.
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Thanks. I just wish I was a bit taller LOL. Being short is teh suck.

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I'm leaning toward her getting a hyo250r as they have a modern look to em (yes vanity :lol) and I've not heard nuttin bad about them really.

never heard of that bike...

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I wonder if they make an aftermarket front fairing for that bike? That would solve most of your wind issues. But I think you said you are getting rid of it soon for a 600 so whatever
Oh they do, but it makes it look even more like a cruiser. It's not a very flattering thing. Plus, in my case it's not worth the money to put aftermarket parts on it because I won't make the money back when I sell it. That bike loves aftermarket exhaust and jet kits but as I said, I am just going to sell it so I'd rather save the money.

The blast does have a more upright riding position than the ninja though, which is why wind is sometimes a problem, but some people find it more comfortable and easy to ride because of that.

Oh yeah, one more negative is that I've never heard or seen anything about frame sliders or something of that sort for the Blast. That being said, it's mostly plastic and so it takes damage better than metal.

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never heard of that bike...
a UM or Hyosung 250R (UM is just a marketing name)

And I also find a nice link with alot of good beginner bike on it.

http://www.powersportstv.com/models/...g-GT-250R.html
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Oh yeah, one more negative is that I've never heard or seen anything about frame sliders or something of that sort for the Blast. That being said, it's mostly plastic and so it takes damage better than metal.
same for the ninja 250. but apparently you don't really need them for the ninja.

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I just bought a bike yesterday and am trying to get into a safety course.. How long is the wait to get into a class? Do you think I would be able to get into a class this coming weeken??
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I just bought a bike yesterday and am trying to get into a safety course.. How long is the wait to get into a class? Do you think I would be able to get into a class this coming weeken??
Depends on where you're trying to take the class. Several people on this forum are waiting months. I scheduled mine the week before I took it. In PA now, there are openings for as soon as two weeks from now.

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