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Re: Girlfriend wants to ride
« Reply #25 on: April 06, 2017, 01:48:10 am »
I hope this helps the OP because we are talking about Ewa now -

She was leaning the 700 left and right and smiling (see pic) bc she waas confident on it.

She rode a C14 with a side car at RWTW if that counts. No riding experience other than the mini Z
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Re: Girlfriend wants to ride
« Reply #26 on: April 09, 2017, 10:40:09 pm »
My son learned on a CBR 250. Power was right for a beginner but as tall as he is he out grew it in about a year. But the 250-300 range I think is the ideal beginner size.

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Re: Girlfriend wants to ride
« Reply #27 on: April 10, 2017, 11:46:12 am »
Know of more than a few that used Suzuki C50  (VL 800 - Intruder Volusia - C50) as a starter bike. Me included years back.  Shaft drive, easy handler, low cost, comfortable.
Low entry point/ many garage queens lets you get on a 800 twin for as low as 2500.00 (Volusia )
Lowering links combined with  a gel seat can put the seat height down to 25 inches.
Lots of after market, too.
Down side, folks think it's a Soft tail. Could be an upside to the bandana set.

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Re: Girlfriend wants to ride
« Reply #28 on: April 10, 2017, 01:10:39 pm »
My son learned on a CBR 250. Power was right for a beginner but as tall as he is he out grew it in about a year. But the 250-300 range I think is the ideal beginner size.

There's a COGger in Knoxville with one of those he'd sell me if it weren't so fun to ride! I love that bike but isn't it tall?

Down side, folks think it's a Soft tail. Could be an upside to the bandana set.

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Re: Girlfriend wants to ride
« Reply #29 on: April 12, 2017, 01:13:48 pm »
The CBR was just too short in the pegs, I felt like my knees were beside my ears.

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Re: Girlfriend wants to ride
« Reply #30 on: April 13, 2017, 12:07:40 pm »
The CBR was just too short in the pegs, I felt like my knees were beside my ears.

if thats all thats wrong with it, adjustable pegs are available through companies such as vortex
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Re: Girlfriend wants to ride
« Reply #31 on: June 08, 2017, 04:21:54 pm »
Took the girlfriend for a ride on the C14. She's hooked but she says "I'm bored I want my own!" I'm taking the rider course with her in a month or so.

She's 5'6 and about 135lbs. Do you guys think she could handle a connie out of the rider course?  :motonoises:

I've been considering an older 2005-2012 BMW R11xx/12xx RT for her and the old Triumph Sprint (but no elec windscreen)
Haven't read the whole post, but will tell you what I have seen with a member of our riding group: Let's call her Tracy. She is about 5'6", 130 pounds wet, and she had always loved harleys, so she bought a fatboy (very low to the ground, low on power, but good torque). I've seen Tracy struggle to move around, parking lot manouvers seem close to impossible to her, and she always seem like the bike is taking her for a spin, and not the other way around.

Maybe your GF is super strong and fit, but the Connie is a big monster, not to be feared but very much respected. I wouldn't suggest her take the test on a connie, unless you want her to have a horrible time the first few occasions she is on the rider seat. Find her something nimble and friendly, it will go so much smoother! :13:

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Re: Girlfriend wants to ride
« Reply #32 on: June 08, 2017, 04:39:15 pm »
My wife took the test w/ my son many years back....

He is 5'6" and can ride anything (currently FJR)

She is 5'6" and we got her a Suzuki S40 (Savage) for $2000.  650 single has lots of torque, low on HP, but very low seat (27?) and less forward feet.
We found it great in town, ok on the highway, but probably lousy for touring LD.  Maybe it would be a step-up on the way up to something larger.

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Re: Girlfriend wants to ride
« Reply #33 on: June 08, 2017, 11:37:18 pm »
Know of more than a few that used Suzuki C50  (VL 800 - Intruder Volusia - C50) as a starter bike. Me included years back.  Shaft drive, easy handler, low cost, comfortable.
Low entry point/ many garage queens lets you get on a 800 twin for as low as 2500.00 (Volusia )
Lowering links combined with  a gel seat can put the seat height down to 25 inches.
Lots of after market, too.
Down side, folks think it's a Soft tail. Could be an upside to the bandana set.

The Boulevard s50 has the narrower seat. Still an 800. I just sold mine last Sunday to a 5'4" gal.
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Re: Girlfriend wants to ride
« Reply #34 on: June 09, 2017, 12:56:33 am »
How about a Yamaha FZ6?  Had one and it was low to the ground, upright riding position like the C10 and plenty of power.  Mine was a 2005, super fun bike!

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Re: Girlfriend wants to ride
« Reply #35 on: June 12, 2017, 03:41:02 am »
The new Honda CBR 300 would make a nice starter bike. Problem is most people start off small and within weeks most are ready to upgrade. I'd be looking at that Beemer...nice size and weight. Perhaps a bit spendy, but it would be a keeper.

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