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Old 10-05-2011, 02:14 PM   #16
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I had KLX250 SF that I made a 351 for 500 dollars. It was one hell of a bike.
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Old 10-05-2011, 02:57 PM   #17
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My wife asked to learn to ride on my old vt500c, I let her ride up and down a lot and she decided to head out and take a MSF class. She put another 10k on the vt before it stopped running, now she has a 95 magna 750. Its yellow and has a bubbly tank. She has lately been wanting something more with more standard controls or rearsets. She hates the looks of sport bikes though. I am betting she ends up on a wee or a 595 or nighthawk. The idea of dirt bikes has been slowly becoming more appealing to her though.
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Old 10-05-2011, 04:39 PM   #18
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My suggestion is to get her a "real" bike (as opposed to the good, but low-tech and low-performance bikes like TTRs, DRs, KLX, etc), lower it a little, and just deal with the height.

There are plenty of good short riders out there on regular size bikes. Learn to just put one foot down, and drop it occasionally.
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Old 10-06-2011, 12:39 PM   #19
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My wife asked to learn to ride on my old vt500c, I let her ride up and down a lot and she decided to head out and take a MSF class. She put another 10k on the vt before it stopped running, now she has a 95 magna 750. Its yellow and has a bubbly tank. She has lately been wanting something more with more standard controls or rearsets. She hates the looks of sport bikes though. I am betting she ends up on a wee or a 595 or nighthawk. The idea of dirt bikes has been slowly becoming more appealing to her though.
I ride a versys for my commuter. Its a "Standard" motorcycle. Kind of tall, but a great ride. Smooth powerful and handles like a dream. Not a crotch rocket and not a cruiser.

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Old 10-08-2011, 07:07 PM   #20
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Sorry, don't really agree with the premise

The main factor here is size, not gender and the key to size is skill.

My wife just got a Tiger 1050, She seems to be ok?

A friend of ours, Karen, drag raced a Z1300 back-in-the-day, she would 'launch' by hanging off to get one foot on the ground, light up the rear tyre against the front brake and time it against the start light. Yes, she was faaaaast because she developed the skill to go with the situation.

Try looking up an Australian racer called Ian 'Buster' Saunders, it's probably not politically correct to say, but his pit stops were hilarious if the pit crew weren't ready!

Size is only a factor in starting and stopping, work on that skill and then anything is in-play, Honda Cub to BMW K1600, take your pick, ride and enjoy with no limitations.
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Old 10-09-2011, 08:32 PM   #21
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The main factor here is size, not gender and the key to size is skill.
Came here to say this same thing. My wife loved riding my KLR but felt more at home on my CB550, mostly due to her being a bit short and not liking the way the KLR behaved on the highway. At 5'6" and above, any human can do just fine on pretty much any bike ever produced, given a short learning period to figure out the bikes manners.
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Old 10-11-2011, 06:37 AM   #22
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Riders in France - ride what they want - when they want - so there!
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Old 10-26-2011, 05:27 PM   #23
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Check out the shortypants thread in thumpers I think. Lots of great information there.
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http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=669666
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Old 10-28-2011, 04:43 AM   #24
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The main factor here is size, not gender and the key to size is skill.
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The statement above is a double edged sword I.M.H.O.

When young, I started on a CB400 Honda Hawk, progressed up the food chain to an 1100 Katana and then started by backwards slide down to my current ride. (a nice little 250)

Where it might be true that you need the "skill" to be able to handle a larger bike; once you have that skill, you can then find just as much (and sometimes more) fun/capability on a 250.

What kills me (and it hasn't really reared it's ugly head on this small bike thread yet) is when Guys make comments about how a little "underpowered" 250 can be dangerous in some regards. My reply to statements like that is = only if you're lacking in skill can a 250 be dangerous. (and it's almost always mentioned that that dangerous place is on a highway) I keep up just fine on freeways where the traffic routinely hums along at 70mph. on my little 16hp. wonder.

I've proudly had 2 "girls" bikes in the past 3 yrs. The first was an 08 XT250 and that thing was a blast for exploring off road. (certainly no MX bike though) My current is a Suzuki TU250X and I have all the "skill" needed to have a blast in the twisties and keep myself safe on highways for extended trips. (The TU is actually one of the best road bikes I've ever owned in terms of stability/capability)

Best advice I can give to anyone is to take a couple MC classes, learn good skills, stay away from bad habbits and then choose any bike that YOU LIKE and break away from the herd.
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Old 10-28-2011, 07:27 AM   #25
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. . . and the rider, Milla Jovovich.


Perfect model for a girl to deal with zombie violence.
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Old 10-28-2011, 07:55 AM   #26
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Best advice I can give to anyone is to take a couple MC classes, learn good skills, stay away from bad habbits and then choose any bike that YOU LIKE and break away from the herd.

But please don't get the flame embossed saddle bags... They are silly.
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Old 10-28-2011, 10:32 AM   #27
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But you gotta have somewhere to store your assless chaps...

I actually think that is a really good looking bike, I only wish they made a 500 and more Manxish.
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Old 10-29-2011, 05:05 AM   #28
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But please don't get the flame embossed saddle bags... They are silly.

Yeah, yeah...there wasn't much in-stock around here to choose from in the way of decent sized bags and I didn't want to buy sight unseen off the net.
Besides, I can laugh at myself and with the joke on the TU thread being that the red ones are faster, I'm using the flames on the saddle bags to speed the bike up a little.



Lemieuxmc...the ONLY time I wear assless chaps, is in YOUR dreams.

F.W.I.W. had Suzuki put the old DR350 engine into this little Bike, she'd be the perfect commuter. (the FI. is nice when it's cold out and the engine oil is like molasses but, I'd have no problem with a carb equipped bike) As it is, I bought her end of March last yr. and already have 7,000 miles on the odo.
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Old 11-02-2011, 06:03 PM   #29
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. . . and the rider, Milla Jovovich.

Perfect model for a girl to deal with zombie violence.
Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm Milla
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Old 11-03-2011, 04:41 PM   #30
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Hows this girls bike!! She can out ride most and school the others.
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