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Old 10-01-2011, 07:35 AM   #1
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girl bikes....

lets talk about em.
im sure im not the only guy on here in this situation. Been riding for years, love it, finally convinced my wife to give it a try. (initially on my trials bike..)
so, bought her a klx 250 for dsing. Put on lowdering links, ran the forks up, softened it up, etc She did really well, got comfortable on the bike, took the msf class and built a decent confidence level up.

Then... she took a spin around the block on my 610 motard. loved it! So, she now has a 610 tard, and i picked up a 630 tard. Her confidence level has blown up! Shes riding fast and in full control! Pretty impressive, Feel like the bike really allowed her to build the skills and confidence required to ride at a pretty high level.

Which brings us to the point of this.. shes 120 lbs, 5'6 really feel like the klx is holding her back. too heavy, pretty underpowered, really top heavy, etc
so, thinking about building some type of hybrid for her.

maybe an cr/yz 80 with a different power plant? TTr 125 with better suspension?
Bought a ktm 200, fit her pretty well, but even really detuned, it was too snappy for a woods bike, and a pretty terrible ds bike.
really looking for a light weight, small framed bike, with modern suspension/brakes, and want to tag it for her to ride as a ds bike.

so, any thoughts?
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Old 10-03-2011, 12:04 PM   #2
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CRF150R?

Plenty of mods available, getting it plated might be an issue but they have great suspension and plenty of power, relatively low maintenece too.

maybe an older DR250 or a KLX300 with a lowering kit.
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Old 10-03-2011, 12:59 PM   #3
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Uncork the KLX! The stupid CA emissions standards have it setup so plugged and lean that it can't get out of its own way. There are *SO* many mods for that bike that really wake it up... including a 350cc top end. Just a little jetting and an aftermarket exhaust will make a world of difference. If she wants to pull wheelies, then go for a pumper carb and the 350 top end. Any of these modes would be a lot cheaper than building something from scratch, and she'd still be on a bike she's comfortable with.

You'll find a ton of basic (must-do) mods here... http://www.kawasakiforums.com/forum/klx-250s-71/

Might have to adjust the website a little... didn't say if she has a KLX250 SF or S.
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Old 10-03-2011, 03:18 PM   #4
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Let her ride the 610 if she likes it.
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Old 10-03-2011, 04:22 PM   #5
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Let her ride the 610 if she likes it.
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Then... she took a spin around the block on my 610 motard. loved it! So, she now has a 610 tard, and i picked up a 630 tard. Her confidence level has blown up! Shes riding fast and in full control! Pretty impressive, Feel like the bike really allowed her to build the skills and confidence required to ride at a pretty high level.
Uhm. Okay
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Old 10-04-2011, 01:40 PM   #6
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lets talk about em.

TTr 125 with better suspension?

so, any thoughts?
I have a Street legal TTR125E for sale if your interested. 2hrs away....


My girl got a BMW 650 and is looking to sell her TTR. PM me if interested.
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Old 10-04-2011, 05:46 PM   #7
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well. just figured out where this was moved too...

yep, she is riding the hell out of her 610 SM and Loves it!

her KLX is uncorked with all the typical mods. still pretty slow and heavy feeling. I reall y want to give her a bike that is not over twice her body weight! I think a bike she could "man handle" would be a huge benefit in the woods.

Had her sit on a yz 80, and it really was too small, so scrap that plan.
TTr is old tech. want her to at least be up to date on suspension/braking
Maybe one of the really hard to find scorpa T-RIDES?
Put a 4 stroke in a 125 chassis?
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Old 10-05-2011, 08:11 AM   #8
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well. just figured out where this was moved too...

yep, she is riding the hell out of her 610 SM and Loves it!

her KLX is uncorked with all the typical mods. still pretty slow and heavy feeling. I reall y want to give her a bike that is not over twice her body weight! I think a bike she could "man handle" would be a huge benefit in the woods.

Had her sit on a yz 80, and it really was too small, so scrap that plan.
TTr is old tech. want her to at least be up to date on suspension/braking
Maybe one of the really hard to find scorpa T-RIDES?
Put a 4 stroke in a 125 chassis?


most moden 125cc bike are 4strokes the road ones any way.
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Old 10-05-2011, 10:19 AM   #9
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Put a 4 stroke in a 125 chassis?

What's wrong with a CRF150R - sounds like it's exactly what you're looking for.
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Old 10-04-2011, 06:15 PM   #10
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I love my DR250. I'm also 120 lbs, but I'm only 5'3". I modded the seat with more forgiving foam, and I don't feel a need to lower it anymore. I also make sure I strengthen my hip abductors and adductors (the muscles around the hip and inner/outter thigh) to help when the bike gets wobbly at a stop or a hill. With her extra height, she shouldn't have a problem. She might even like a DR350 or 650. Maybe a DRZ400? Lots of Frankenstein options there.
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Old 10-05-2011, 10:29 AM   #11
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Very interested in this thread...my GF wants to ride but is 5'2 and barely 100 pounds.

I keep telling her a Ninja 250 is the way to go!
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Old 10-05-2011, 10:50 AM   #12
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Having ridden a CRF150R it's not quite a beginners bike. Not even a intermediate honestly. If she can cope with the engine it's a great bike but it's a full blown MX racer not a trail bike. I trail ride my CRF450R but I'm a bit more experienced than his wife. Real handful on single track.
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Old 10-05-2011, 10:54 AM   #13
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NM, not the place for that.

J_White screwed with this post 10-05-2011 at 12:19 PM
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Old 10-05-2011, 01:05 PM   #14
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Any small dual sport will do.
I am looking for a tw200, not sure about the street, but it should be good in the dirt, and I am not even a girl!

For the street, I have a tu250, another starter/girls bike, sometimes easy is more fun....
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Old 10-05-2011, 01:15 PM   #15
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Check out the shortypants thread in thumpers I think. Lots of great information there.
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