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first bike for a short girl

Posted: Wed May 07, 2008 9:53 pm
by jenisawake
I have the suzuki s40, and I'm only 4'11!!!!!

Riding the husbands Bike!

Posted: Fri May 09, 2008 12:33 pm
by cyclebiker
I just got into riding and my husband has been painfully letting me take his bike out for a ride. I think I am now ready to step up to one for myself.

PS I hijacked my husbands account! lol

Posted: Mon May 19, 2008 6:29 pm
by schmuckgirl
Just bought my Suzuki GS500 about a month ago. I did alot of research and thought it was the best bike for me to get into riding with the experience that I have ( I rode dirt bikes as a kid). Anyway, I've never been that into cars or bikes but I'm already thinking about what mods I want and a new paint job.
The blue bike is my 500 and the yello Yamaha is my boyfriend's 1000:

Posted: Tue May 20, 2008 9:23 pm
by MZ33
:welcome4: to TMW from a fellow Buckeye! (Actually, Buckeye-by-marriage. Also, it sounds better than "Columbusite" :laughing: )

That's a pretty bike. Congrats! What color do you plan to paint it? And, is that Olentangy Village in the background?

Posted: Tue May 27, 2008 10:55 am
by schmuckgirl
MZ33 wrote::welcome4: to TMW from a fellow Buckeye! (Actually, Buckeye-by-marriage. Also, it sounds better than "Columbusite" :laughing: )

That's a pretty bike. Congrats! What color do you plan to paint it? And, is that Olentangy Village in the background?
Thanks for the welcome! Actually, the more I ride that bike, the more I realize it's not the bike for me. I think I am going to put it up for sale soon and look for a 750 or a liter bike. :wink:
Actually, it's Kingland in the background 8)

Posted: Wed Jun 04, 2008 11:46 am
by dweiss
I feel like SUCH a baby, compared with all of you.

When I was in my teens (back around 1980), I learned to ride my older brother's Honda 90. And then 30 years went by without riding.

I decided that my first "official" bike would be an older Honda...specifically the Honda CM450A. It has 44hp, is automatic, and is a nice cruiser and beginner bike. With all to learn over, shifting was the last thing on my mind, that is why I chose it. I am 5'1", 140lbs, with a 30" inseam, and although I can't 'flat-foot' it, I am not on tipy-toes either. It is used (16K miles), and has some small scuffs...but I'd rather drop this one a time or two (and you KNOW its going to happen...I'd be a fool to think it won't...I have rode horses all my life...eventually, you DO take a spill), then drop a new bike.

So, I KNOW I'll outgrow this one, and the next will probably be a new Honda 600 or 750...but in the meantime I'll start with this good old jem. Its dry weight is 400lbs I believe, so it isn't a lightweight bike...but still...



Posted: Wed Jun 04, 2008 5:01 pm
by Faeridrops
Does anyone have any input on the Buell bikes? I have heard a few rumors but nothing more. Thanks :D

Posted: Wed Jun 04, 2008 8:40 pm
by dweiss
Funny you should ask about the baby brother was just over to my house to take my bike for a test spin (he's a life-long bike rider), and I asked him how his Harley crotch-rocket was doing (I knew that he was conditioning it to make it road-worthy had been parked a couple of months), and he corrected me, saying that it was a Buell, and then he went on to tell me how Buell was bought by HD, or something like that, in the earlier days. Anyway, he said that they are nice bikes, and suggested that when I 'outgrow' my Honda CM450A, I should give one a try. He said that not all HD dealers carry them; you have to shop around, but he said that it would make the next step up for me smoother.

Posted: Fri Jun 06, 2008 9:25 am
by Faeridrops
Thanks for the feedback :D . I heard they were an HD product and as a result were somewhere in-between groups. A couple of people I know with HD recommend them. From what I understand, they also have the loud engine which mimics the HD. Decisions, decisions... :?

Posted: Mon Jun 09, 2008 1:26 pm
by Hotscootermama
I started on my '08 Ninja 250. I'm only 5'1" but we raised the handlebars 1" and lowered the back 2" I can almost flat foot it now!!

First Ride

Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 7:09 pm
by victrola7
My first bike is a 2005 Suzuki C50 Blvd. It has 805cc's and is a sweet ride. My sister has been riding for over 15 years and finally convinced me to give it a go. Now, I'm out on the road every weekend and with the price of gas skyrocketing, it may become my main mode of transportation. I just started riding in January of 08'. I decided to go with a larger bike with all the accessories. The C50 has great classic looks, terrific balance and it rumbles low and sweet. At 5'7" my feet are easily planted flat on the ground. I never expected to find the exhilaration of youth, but get me on my bike and head out to the rolling hills west of Orlando with the sun on my back and the wind in my face, I've been reborn at 49!

Posted: Tue Jun 17, 2008 9:40 pm
by Frogpondbetty
My first bike was a Honda SL100, replaced with a 1969 Triumph Bonneville, then on to a Kawasaki GPZ305 which had body parts flying off of it every time I took it out. Current ride is, in Euro-Trash tradition, a Ducati Monster (750) with lots of carbon fiber and a polished aluminium (yes spelled the English way) tank. Turns a lot of heads and my favorite comment is "Nice chrome tank" to which I reply in a "you're a moron" tone," it's alloy." And I"m not an engineer or metalurgist. The family race bike is a 1428 Kawasaki drag bike which is a money eating monster, but it goes really fast and has nitrous oxide. So I guess what I"m saying is that once this is in your blood, it's permanent. PS We had a Buell Ulysses, and he liked it, I didn't. Better choices if you can afford them are the BMW or the KTM- the Beemer is more geared to ON road, the KTM more for OFF- but both are dual purpose bikes. And vastly more comfortable and capable. Only my personal opinion, worth little to nothing, but there ya go.

Posted: Wed Jun 18, 2008 9:34 am
by MZ33
Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.
I love your sig line!

victrola7, :welcome3: to TMW!

Posted: Wed Jun 18, 2008 9:37 am
by MZ33
I heard they were an HD product and as a result were somewhere in-between groups. A couple of people I know with HD recommend them. From what I understand, they also have the loud engine which mimics the HD. Decisions, decisions...
Harley's Riders Edge training program uses them for the MSF course. If you took it from them, you'd get to know if you like 'em.

:welcome4: :tmwsign:

Posted: Fri Jun 20, 2008 10:24 am
by follow
are we talking legal or non-legal? Dad made my first bike 40+ years ago. I know it could not be legal, I wouldn't even know what to call it except maybe a Snowjob "fyi my dad's name is Snow..for reals". As we got older we had Honda dirt bikes mine was a Honda 250. (1st new bought one, not made or rebuilt in Dad's garage).

Posted: Sat Jun 21, 2008 8:44 pm
by victrola7
Thanks MZ33.

Chaos rules during the week but once the weekend arrives it's smooth sailing on my C50 in the foothills of Lake County west of Orlando.

8) Very little traffic, awesome hills, beautiful horse country.

Honda Rebel 250

Posted: Sun Jun 22, 2008 11:09 am
by Wind Rider
I'm 5' 1". I have been very comfortable with the Honda Rebel. I took the Honda riding class on a knight Hawk. It was a bit to big. I still passed the class. :D

bike to start on

Posted: Sun Jun 22, 2008 10:07 pm
by Purple Rose
:D I have a Harley-Davidson Sportster 883 Low. My husband bought it for me just before taking the riding course. I love my bike. I am 5'6" and 51 yrs young. I took my course 2 months ago and I have nearly 500 miles on it. I rode at night for the first time this past Wednesday night.

Ladies Bike Advice

Posted: Thu Jul 03, 2008 10:38 pm
by 2wheelsgood4bad
I'm 5'4" and height was a concern. Like many women, logged a lot of good miles on a Honda Rebel, however they're subject to feeling blown by wind gusts when riding above 45mph. Can be a little unnerving, especially for a new rider. Then bought a Harley Sportster 883L thinking I was ready for the leap. It felt REALLY heavy at slow speeds and I struggled with 90 degree turns. Dropped it once practicing countersteering in a parking lot. Decided I needed a step back and a lighter bike with some power. Bought a 2 yr old Ninja EX500R. Great bike, and I think a better leap than from Rebel to Harley. I rode it for 6 months, got my confidence up, then one day got on the Harley and found I could now ride it with no difficulty. I ended up keeping both the Ninja and the Harley and love both. The Ninja is easy to maneuver and park if you are running around town making several stops, but it's also very stable and fun at freeway speeds. The Harley is excellent for longer rides, but trickier for a small woman to park. Hope some of that helps.

Posted: Thu Jul 03, 2008 11:34 pm
by Schmink
As a newer rider I had a standard type bike. I did not like it for a couple of reasons:

1. Not being able to flat foot it without having a boot with a heel on it
2. Feeling like I was sitting on top of it

I recently bought a cruiser type bike (Yamaha VStar) and once I got used to the power difference (650cc to 1100cc) I could tell within a week that this bike was much better suited for me. I was leaning more into the turns and was more comfortable, which seemed to also translate into confidence.

My SO noticed this also when he rode with me for the first time after having the bike for a couple of weeks

I think the best bike for you is one that you feel the most comfortable on.