Originally Posted by JerryH
Got to agree. My choice would be a Kawasaki KLR650. This is a do everything bike, though it doesn't really excel at any one thing... Maybe you could get your wife into riding and get her her own bike.
I've seen the KLR650 mentioned for the reasons you mentioned and will still consider it as a possibility in the future.
On a really cool note, my wife has been wanting to get her motorcycle license for a while now. We just haven't had the time to do that. She's been wanting to do this on her own accord and not because I wanted or pushed her to do it.
Hopefully that will happen this year. She's ridden the Blast at my parents house and within 45 minutes she was doing things that took two days in the MSF class.