Originally Posted by Newby1
I took the MSF class Labor Day week, got my MC endorsement the next week and bought a bike the next.
Got a good deal on a 05 Honda Shadow 750 Spirit as my first bike ever.
After about 2 1/2 months of cruising I now want a Dual Sport bike like maybe a Suzuki DL650 V-Strom.
My wife takes the MSF class MLK Day week. I managed the Shadow as my first bike for 1000 miles and so far so good but is it the right first bike for my wife?
She's tall enough to flat foot it and is a former Adventure Race Nationals qualifier and can kick my but on a Mountain Bike so she is not weak.
Secondly what about the Wee- Strom as my first Dual Sport? I have never ridden off road.
Eventually I'd like for us both to have the same Dual Sport bike to make maintenance, parts and things easier in general.
If your going to ride, your going to fall. Most people fall a few times until they get their experience level up and learn a few things. Always wear good protective gear, and make sure your wife does too, on road and off. Don't put a lot of money into a bike until you get really comfortable riding. Giving it a year or two. The DL 650 is a great bike and a good choice, but it's heavy for any serious off pavement work. If that's what you want to do, you would be better off with a smaller, lighter single cylinder bike. The DL 650 is more of a road bike that can handle a well graded gravel road,
Sounds like you have a good head on your shoulders. Good luck!