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post #1 of 143 (permalink) Old 08-04-2007, 02:49 PM Thread Starter
 
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What kind of Bike....

As some of you know I am Taking the MSF the first weekend in September. I measured my inseam and it is 29-30 inches. I looked at the seat heights pucky posted. So far the Ninja and the Buell Blast look like they would work. Then theres a Rebel. I don't know, I would rather have a sport bike. So heres my question girls. How tall are you and how tall is your bike? What do you reccommend? Have you had your bikes lowered? What was your first bike?
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I am 5 2 I have an 03 GSXR 600 that is lowered 1 & 1/2 inches with dogbones. The front forks are also internally shortened. This is my 1st Bike and I have been ridding it 2+ years this way. I still do not flat foot.

I will say most of the newer 600 sit lower and the tanks are slimmer. They seem to sit where my 600 sits now.

I still think it is better if you can find a bike you do not have to lower. I went the route I went as the bike was already my s/os, and I wanted to learn on a used bike.

I thought I would only ride this bike for a few months, but I ended up falling in love with this bike due to the silver frame and white rims.

Good Luck, and be sure to sit on as many bikes as you can.
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I am 5 2 I have an 03 GSXR 600 that is lowered 1 & 1/2 inches with dogbones. The front forks are also internally shortened. This is my 1st Bike and I have been ridding it 2+ years this way. I still do not flat foot.

I will say most of the newer 600 sit lower and the tanks are slimmer. They seem to sit where my 600 sits now.

I still think it is better if you can find a bike you do not have to lower. I went the route I went as the bike was already my s/os, and I wanted to learn on a used bike.

I thought I would only ride this bike for a few months, but I ended up falling in love with this bike due to the silver frame and white rims.

Good Luck, and be sure to sit on as many bikes as you can.
How heavy is your bike? I don't know about getting a 600 and handling it?
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i'm 5'4" and also lowered the zx636 1-1/2". i coulda rode it stock, but i wanted to have a better footing. the self-confidence boost i get having it lowered more than outweighs any possible negative side effects you get from lowering. honestly, i didn't really notice any handling difference since doing it.

my 1st bike was the ninja 250. had 2 of those before tackling the 636. do yourself a favor and start on the 250. it'll do everything you need it to do. then move up when you are comfortable with riding. you'll be glad you did it that way in the end.

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i'm 5'4" and also lowered the zx636 1-1/2". i coulda rode it stock, but i wanted to have a better footing. the self-confidence boost i get having it lowered more than outweighs any possible negative side effects you get from lowering. honestly, i didn't really notice any handling difference since doing it.

my 2st bike was the ninja 250. had 2 of those before tackling the 636. do yourself a favor and start on the 250. it'll do everything you need it to do. then move up when you are comfortable with riding. you'll be glad you did it that way in the end.
Thanks. I just wish I was a bit taller LOL. Being short is teh suck.
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How heavy is your bike? I don't know about getting a 600 and handling it?

I am not sure about the weight...

I learned on a Buell Blast for 4 day.

I am not saying start with a 600...nothing wrong with a 250 or 500.
Like I said I have only riddern my 600 and that is what I had available to me.

I did ride the 05 1000 I bought for my so, but was never my primary bike.

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I am not sure about the weight...

I learned on a Buell Blast for 4 day.

I am not saying start with a 600...nothing wrong with a 250 or 500.
Like I said I have only riddern my 600 and that is what I had available to me.

I did ride the 05 1000 I bought for my so, but was never my primary bike.

you bought your man a bike?! what'd he buy you?
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my 1st bike was the ninja 250. had 2 of those before tackling the 636. do yourself a favor and start on the 250. it'll do everything you need it to do. then move up when you are comfortable with riding. you'll be glad you did it that way in the end.
The 250 or a Buell Blast would be the top choices, suitable both for a beginner, and for someone who's... er... vertically challenged.






(Unfortunately, my own personal experience is of no good to you, having started out on a -- granted, OLDER -- 600, and being 5'8" with a 32" inseam)
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I will say most of the newer 600 sit lower and the tanks are slimmer. They seem to sit where my 600 sits now.
My 06 r6 actually sits very high as far as 600 ss's go... I am 5'8" and I cannot flatfoot. I just forced myself to get used to it as I didn't want to lower the bike due to handling effects, and I was certain that it was the bike I wanted. I still am very comfortable on it. You are right though that the tank is slimmer. Mine has an extremely narrow waist, which is nice. The gixxers seem to be a little porky in the waist and tail area.

At stop lights I usually just pull in the clutch and keep my right foot on the rear brake and my left foot flat footed on the ground, with my left foot supporting everything. Doesn't seem to be a problem.
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The 250 or a Buell Blast would be the top choices, suitable both for a beginner, and for someone who's... er... vertically challenged.






(Unfortunately, my own personal experience is of no good to you, having started out on a -- granted, OLDER -- 600, and being 5'8" with a 32" inseam)
I will definately check out both!

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My 06 r6 actually sits very high as far as 600 ss's go... I am 5'8" and I cannot flatfoot. I just forced myself to get used to it as I didn't want to lower the bike due to handling effects, and I was certain that it was the bike I wanted. I still am very comfortable on it. You are right though that the tank is slimmer. Mine has an extremely narrow waist, which is nice. The gixxers seem to be a little porky in the waist and tail area.

At stop lights I usually just pull in the clutch and keep my right foot on the rear brake and my left foot flat footed on the ground, with my left foot supporting everything. Doesn't seem to be a problem.
On PG's CBR my feet were 3-4 inches off the ground. I can stand on the one foot but no way in hell I could even tip toe on it LOL! I can show u what i mean when I am able to show the calendar outtakes. I just don't want a fugly bike :P
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I just don't want a fugly bike :P
I understand. Anyone who says they completely don't care about looks is full of it. However, for your first bike, you should try and temper the craving for something sexy. Think about it this way - you'll potentially be riding for your entire life. So if you're riding a Ninja 250 for a couple of years, or whatever you choose, it's an investment in your riding ability and safety - its not forever. I personally think the Ninja 250's need a serious style update. However, I rode one and passed mine on to my younger sister.

You can have all the sexy bikes you want for the rest of your life, a smaller bike to start on will provide you the confidence and training you need to be a skilled rider in the future. Its worth it, imo. If you screw up taking a turn on a 250, you're a lot less likely to kill yourself.

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I understand. Anyone who says they completely don't care about looks is full of it. However, for your first bike, you should try and temper the craving for something sexy. Think about it this way - you'll potentially be riding for your entire life. So if you're riding a Ninja 250 for a couple of years, or whatever you choose, it's an investment in your riding ability and safety - its not forever. I personally think the Ninja 250's need a serious style update. However, I rode one and passed mine on to my younger sister.

You can have all the sexy bikes you want for the rest of your life, a smaller bike to start on will provide you the confidence and training you need to be a skilled rider in the future. Its worth it, imo. If you screw up taking a turn on a 250, you're a lot less likely to kill yourself.
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 understand. Anyone who says they completely don't care about looks is full of it. However, for your first bike, you should try and temper the craving for something sexy. Think about it this way - you'll potentially be riding for your entire life. So if you're riding a Ninja 250 for a couple of years, or whatever you choose, it's an investment in your riding ability and safety - its not forever. I personally think the Ninja 250's need a serious style update. However, I rode one and passed mine on to my younger sister.

You can have all the sexy bikes you want for the rest of your life, a smaller bike to start on will provide you the confidence and training you need to be a skilled rider in the future. Its worth it, imo. If you screw up taking a turn on a 250, you're a lot less likely to kill yourself.
Good stuff right there Although I am a big hypcrite in that sense so I can't say

Also, for the ninjas you can buy a targa lower fairing and it really cleans up the looks... ask Gas Man for a pic of his old 500 with the fairing. Makes it look a lot nicer
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Those two bikes seem are great choices. after that if you want to move up, you'll be confident enough to not need to flat foot anything, so you'll have more options. of the new 600s tho I think the gsxr600 is the lowest/nicest. the seat is REALLY narrow, and the tank is smaller. anyways,
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I have a friend that manufactures infinitely adjustable shock links for any bike. My attitude on this subject is well documented but I would get a 600,not because I want tobe cool or whatever but because I can't stand the look of any of the 250s and 500s on the market right now. I think that a person with a cool head and someone to mentor them can do fine with a 600.

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I have a friend that manufactures infinitely adjustable shock links for any bike. My attitude on this subject is well documented but I would get a 600,not because I want tobe cool or whatever but because I can't stand the look of any of the 250s and 500s on the market right now. I think that a person with a cool head and someone to mentor them can do fine with a 600.
Who wants to be my mentor? LOL

I have kids...i know better than to get in over my head!
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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.

That being said I'm moving up to a 600 when I get the money worked out and I will most likely get one where I can't put my feet fully on the ground. Of most of the new 600 race replicas, I found the gsxr to be the most comfortable for my height and the Triumph Daytona 675 to be the least.

I'm not saying you should start on any of those but I think you should keep in mind that you will eventually have to get used to a taller bike and not to let it scare you away from an otherwise good bike.
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brie, what does the blast top out at?
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brie, what does the blast top out at?
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...85 mph



It's kind of sad in that respect.

edit: Well, I shouldn't say that, you could go faster if you wanted to. But the way the wind hits you at speed, you just don't want to go much faster.
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...80mph



It's kind of sad in that respect.
At 80 is it comfortable? Or is it vibrating and whizzing WAHHHHHH all over the place?
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