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Old 04-12-2013, 03:51 AM   #16
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I'm a big ABS fan and it's even better for beginners.

Buy something droppable with ABS that's all.

Old lowish BMW 650 GS would be perfect.
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Old 04-12-2013, 05:25 AM   #17
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I do not think she has been on a ninja but the rake might not be to her preference.
Don't be put off by the "crotch rocket" looks of the 250 Ninja. The seating position is upright and more standard than sport. The older models were pretty comfortable and made pretty good touring bikes. One guy on this forum went two up to South America on one. While a small dual sport would make a better learner bike, they aren't very comfortable on longer rides.

Many people are suggesting 650s. That might work out if your GF is fairly large, athletic, or just extremely well coordinated and confident. If not, you are taking a big chance on souring her on the whole experience if the bike ends up too much for her. I can't tell you how many women ( and some men) that I have seen on bikes that were just too large and intimidating for them. It's painful to watch as the try to park their bikes on gravel or a slight slope and then drop them.

250 is a good size to start on. The TU250 is a good alternative to the 250 Ninja but has much less performance.
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Old 04-12-2013, 05:32 AM   #18
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I'm a big ABS fan and it's even better for beginners.

Buy something droppable with ABS that's all.

Old lowish BMW 650 GS would be perfect.


I agree.

A nice lowered one might make it even easier to handle...

http://advrider.com/forums/showpost....74&postcount=1

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Old 04-12-2013, 06:17 AM   #19
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i also would look into something in the 250 range.

used xt225/250's go pretty cheap and are great beginner bikes.

then when she decides on something more they are real easy to sell.
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Old 04-12-2013, 06:19 AM   #20
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Old 04-12-2013, 06:28 AM   #21
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There you go, girls bike for sure.

An old Honda 305 is cool to look at, not cool to get parts for, and really not cool if it leaves her walking regularly. Which it might. Get her a Bonneville. Not too powerful. Kind of heavy for a girl though. But when she gets tired of it, you can ride it. Think ahead, in a devious sort of way.

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Wee Strom?


May be a bit powerfull ... but it is 'street worthy'.. while having some dirt capability..

Rather than 'us' focusing on size cc .. she probably wants less weight, a good seat height ... try things first. Find out what she likes and does not like on one bike - and then find others that have the features she wants.

She may not like dirt due to the feeling of instability.. but you might get some sway with the scenery you get by going with dirt roads. She does not have to start out with dirt roads .. but it is the way most males start.
Probably not finding a weestrom in her price range, it is wishful thinking that she will play in the dirt wit me. Maybe I can channel her inner hippie that say go be one with nature
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I would also agree not to get a too bigger bike if it's her first.
But if she has got plenty of confidence then why not.
My wife has just bought her first "Big Bike"
We tried many bikes and the one that stood out for me was the
Honda Shadow S



We found it a very easy and forgiving bike to ride.
I think it would defo suit a novice who wants a bigun.


If it's a dual sport type she prefers, then the XT 225/250 Serow all day long.


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She might like that one.
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Old 04-12-2013, 06:30 AM   #22
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I did, that is a well set up bike for a good price. I even offered to go get it
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Old 04-12-2013, 06:57 AM   #23
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Get a used TU250 for under $3000.00, put a rack on the back with a tail bag on it, change some sprockets, and you are good to go.
Fun, problem free easy to service bike.
You can get an over the tail light rack, and/or a rack that replaces the rear seat.
320 pounds, good size, good brakes, 80 mpg, 3.2 gallon gas tank.
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Old 04-12-2013, 08:10 AM   #24
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I'm with the herd here: 250 Ninja/CBR/TU-250, or an XT-225 if she wants to go the DS route. I admit that I'm biased because I personally like all those bikes.

If she's open to cruisers, your options quickly grow- Honda Rebel, Yamaha V Star, Suzuki S-40/old Savage (my vote for best beginner cruiser), etc.

I'll also be a heretic and suggest looking at scooters. After the MSF my GF wanted a motorcycle really bad as her first bike, but somehow she got to looking at scooters, and voila, she ended up with a 250 Vespa. HUGE smiles on her face, perfect beginner for her. She eventually got to riding bikes, but she never regretted starting off on the scooter.

Good luck, have fun, and don't forget: LISTEN TO HER, and what she wants, don't just listen to us!
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Old 04-12-2013, 08:14 AM   #25
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If you want her to go riding with you, get a smaller bike.
If you do NOT want her to go riding with you, get her the 650 or bigger.

And the 250 Ninja is a bit tricky to ride with its peaky power band, lots of shifting which bothers some people.
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Old 04-12-2013, 08:29 AM   #26
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I agree.

A nice lowered one might make it even easier to handle...

http://advrider.com/forums/showpost....74&postcount=1

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I'm a big ABS fan and it's even better for beginners.

Buy something droppable with ABS that's all.

Old lowish BMW 650 GS would be perfect.
Yea ABS is a nice feature, I would have appreciated it on my first.
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Don't be put off by the "crotch rocket" looks of the 250 Ninja. The seating position is upright and more standard than sport. The older models were pretty comfortable and made pretty good touring bikes. One guy on this forum went two up to South America on one. While a small dual sport would make a better learner bike, they aren't very comfortable on longer rides.

Many people are suggesting 650s. That might work out if your GF is fairly large, athletic, or just extremely well coordinated and confident. If not, you are taking a big chance on souring her on the whole experience if the bike ends up too much for her. I can't tell you how many women ( and some men) that I have seen on bikes that were just too large and intimidating for them. It's painful to watch as the try to park their bikes on gravel or a slight slope and then drop them.

250 is a good size to start on. The TU250 is a good alternative to the 250 Ninja but has much less performance.

I think she could handle the size and weight, she is tall and athletic. I realize it is not exaclty the same thing but I started on a liter bike. It did not ride it much because of the comfort. I am tall and it just did not suit me. I was never unconfortable with the power or weight. I miss it though sure did look good parked haha.
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Old 04-12-2013, 08:51 AM   #27
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Any mid '80s under 600 UJM.

Add some clip-ons, bob the tail, wrap the headers. She gets the look, it's cheap, and parts are everywhere.
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Old 04-12-2013, 09:00 AM   #28
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305 Dream - not an everyday rider, especially as a first bike. Garage art.
Get her comfortable riding a UJM with low enough seat that she can flat foot comfortably and let her learn safely, if she gets comfortable you'll have a lifelong convert. Don't blow all her cash on a first bike.

As she rides and learns more she'll start planning for a replacement that is "her".
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Old 04-12-2013, 09:20 AM   #29
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If you want her to go riding with you, get a smaller bike.
If you do NOT want her to go riding with you, get her the 650 or bigger.

And the 250 Ninja is a bit tricky to ride with its peaky power band, lots of shifting which bothers some people.
I agree, mostly. . . .

I always think the Suzuki LS650, Boulevard S40, Savage, (whatever!) is a good starter bike. It's very low, light-weight and torquey, and not scary in any way. The old ones only had 4 gears, and didn't need for more. These bikes are very easy to ride, quite dependable, and cheap.

Other small cruisers like a Kaw 454, 500, etc. might be possiblities? I wouldn't want a classic for a starter bike where you'd lose a ton of value if it tips over.

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Any mid '80s under 600 UJM.

Add some clip-ons, bob the tail, wrap the headers. She gets the look, it's cheap, and parts are everywhere.
I like that idea, she wants to lean about maintenace.

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305 Dream - not an everyday rider, especially as a first bike. Garage art.
Get her comfortable riding a UJM with low enough seat that she can flat foot comfortably and let her learn safely, if she gets comfortable you'll have a lifelong convert. Don't blow all her cash on a first bike.

As she rides and learns more she'll start planning for a replacement that is "her".
^^Totally agree.
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