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post #1 of 29 Old 09-20-2015, 08:22 AM Thread Starter
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first bike for my 5'4" wife

HI All
My wife and I enjoy two up riding but she is ready to at least try solo riding.

What is a good choice of used bike to consider that will still allow us to enjoy the back roads together and later one add some touring gear too?

I know our Wee is too top heavy for her to handle even if the bike suspension could be lowered some how for her.

She is 5'4" approx 27" inseam.
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post #2 of 29 Old 09-20-2015, 08:57 AM
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I look forward to seeing what others suggest...

My suggestion is to check out the CB500X and CB500F from honda.

DL650 K6

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post #3 of 29 Old 09-20-2015, 12:15 PM
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If your looking for something new. There are a lot of options now in the 300 to 500 cc range

If used, I'd grab an old gs500 Cheap, Low seat height, easy to handle, and with about 40 hp its fast enough to have fun.

14' DL1000
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post #4 of 29 Old 09-20-2015, 05:05 PM
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Burgman 200 would be my choice as a starter.

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post #5 of 29 Old 09-20-2015, 05:16 PM
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post #6 of 29 Old 09-20-2015, 05:16 PM
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Any used 250 cc cruiser. Low seat, plenty of power for a beginner but not enough to scare her. You can get them in great shape on Craigslist for a song (especially this time of year), you won't be too upset if and when it gets dropped and if she decides after learning that she wants to remain a passenger you aren't out piles of cash. If she wants to move up, sell it for what you bought it for and then get something bigger and newer.

Good luck and stay safe!!
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post #7 of 29 Old 09-20-2015, 06:01 PM
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My wife is 5 foot 3 and loves her 250 ninja...

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post #8 of 29 Old 09-20-2015, 07:32 PM
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Does your wife already have her MC endorsement? In any event, she needs to chose the bike, and likely it won't be your notion of what's best.
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Prior Bikes: 2003 EX250, 2007 DL650 (non-ABS)
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post #9 of 29 Old 09-20-2015, 07:38 PM
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My Wife is 5'2" and 125lbs and currently riding a 268lb Honda CRF230L Dual Sport bike while learning to ride on the street. Installed a mono shock lowering link and slid the forks up 1/2" in the triple tree, lowering front & rear together on the CRF. Installed a thinner Corbin seat and her riding boots give her a little extra height, too.

Once she gets comfortable riding the lowered CRF, have a Ninja 250 for her to start riding. Will keep the CRF and set it back up stock height for her, when she is ready to start riding the taller CRF off pavement.

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post #10 of 29 Old 09-20-2015, 09:25 PM
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With a first time rider, smaller is better. Let her get used to the sport before moving up into something heavy or tall. My wife is only 5' and has ridden all over the United States on various bikes. However, when she first started out, I put her on a Buell Blast single 500cc until she got some experience and felt she was ready to move on to something else.

Most of the bikes in the 250cc to 500cc are good starters as long as she is comfortable sitting on the bike. I would also consider looking at something used as slow speed drops happen in the beginning.

Buell Blast 500cc
Kawasaki Vulcan 500cc.
Yamaha Vstar 650cc
Honda CTX700cc

Good luck, and I hope you both have many miles riding together.

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