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Old 12-20-2014, 12:59 PM   #1
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Question Light-ish, naked road bike for my wife ... suggestions?

First, a brief history of what she's ridden:

She had an F650 Funduro that she loved. Rode it around the country on a long solo trip.

But I'm kind of an idiot and talked her into upgrading to a 2009 F650GS twin five years ago. She never really bonded with it, and now she barely rides it. Her complaints: the saddle is a bit too high, the bars are way too far forward, and it weighs too much and is too tall for her to push around easily.

So I'm looking for something with a wet weight of under 400 lb. She likes naked bikes with upright seating position. She wants to be able to cruise comfortably at 70 mph for hours. Decent luggage options are a plus. She's never going to take it off road.

Ideas? I did a bit of googling, but I'm not seeing much.
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Old 12-20-2014, 01:04 PM   #2
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Old 12-20-2014, 01:06 PM   #3
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Why not another funduro? I'm sure some are still clean.
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Old 12-20-2014, 01:10 PM   #4
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Old 12-20-2014, 01:11 PM   #5
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Old 12-20-2014, 01:12 PM   #6
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CB500x is a good call, or how about a ducati scrambler or yamaha MZ07, depending on which she likes more. (she will like the ducati i suspect.)
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Old 12-20-2014, 01:29 PM   #7
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What sort of price range? The Guzzi V7 fits your description. Lots of Euro-chic. Its performance is worse than the Honda CB500 (by a lot), but it has a good feel to it if you're not too demanding.
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Old 12-20-2014, 01:35 PM   #8
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Old 12-20-2014, 01:44 PM   #9
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That weight range kills a lot of road bikes.

My girl is all of 5'4" and has no issues handling an ER-6N, however it does stretch her over the tank a bit (she thought it was bad till I put her on my Super Duke)

...but under 400 pounds, you are looking at the beginner segment, or some of the little monsters. I've seen some REALLY small women that could handle the 620 and 696, they are very tiny bikes with accommodatingly low saddles. The Guzzi V7 is little as well.

Other than that you have 690 Dukes...which aren't the best choice if you do a lot of highway.
ER-6N/Vesrys(heavy to your list) I can tell you it carries it well
Monster 696, right around 400 wet
Street Triple (also barely 400lbs) but also relatively tall
The various 250/300/500cc
SV/Gladius/whatever it is now also heavy.....budget suspension
Guzzy V7 a bit pricey, and getting Italian parts can be a trick (Ducati is actually a LOT better about this now).

...Oh and the new little harleys I wasn't really impressed with the build quality on them.
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CB500x is a good call, or how about a ducati scrambler or yamaha MZ07, depending on which she likes more. (she will like the ducati i suspect.)
+1 on the Scrambler. Also look at a Bonneville…although heavier, very low seat height, and low center of gravity. Easy to turn into a "tourer" with luggage and a screen. Very easy to ride.

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Old 12-20-2014, 01:51 PM   #11
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Old 12-20-2014, 03:58 PM   #14
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Bonneville is too heavy, and the bread loaf seat makes it a pain to get both feet planted. Brakes suck too.

CB500f or MZ07, depending on how much power she needs.
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But I'm kind of an idiot and talked her into upgrading to a 2009 F650GS twin five years ago.

So I'm looking for something with a wet weight of under 400 lb.

Ideas? I did a bit of googling, but I'm not seeing much.
Ideas? Let her make her own choices. Motorcycles are an individual thing. I would be unlikely to bond with a bike chosen for me by another, however well intended, and I suspect the same hold true for you. I suggest she join ADV & then ask her own questions of the collective.
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