Any women riders?

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  1. PrairieRider

    PrairieRider Gearing down for Hell

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    Looking at the BMW F650GS, though the guys in the A.A.R.S.E. thread are telling that I should get something cheaper to start with since I can't take it out on single track or OHV. I have an ATV for that. But I did register for a beginners course for next month. I guess that is a good start.

    EDIT: I just realized that you have what I want...I like the silver. And the red (it would match the truck and toy hauler). What is your opinion? I'm not planning on taking it through the woods the day I get it or anything. I am planning on taking the intermediate riding course and the BMW course also.

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    I got at KLR 650 as my first bike and though I've kept it, I recently bought a DR350, and it is doing wonders for my confidence. Also, a lot of what I'm learning on the DR translates to my KLR. Getting the smaller bike first would be my advice, but enjoy whatever you get for sure!! I loved the MSF class. Will probably re-take it next year. Several folks have said I'll get an entirely different perspective by re-taking the class after having some miles under my belt. Enjoy!
  2. bonegrl

    bonegrl n00biest of n00bs

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    I'm going to look at a different bikes, but we have to drive to Atlanta to look at the BMWs. I am definitely getting the whole smaller to begin with is a good idea, but we want to get something that we can both ride (not together). The other thing is, I want something that doesn't look so much like a dirt bike if that makes sense. Something that I can out the hard cases on and not be odd. I am going to look at the Sherpa on Monday if they have one at the shop. I have to haul the hubby's bike over to get serviced for when he comes home. Thanks for the sugesstions!
  3. Tempesta

    Tempesta I know, right?

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    If you're in Atlanta looking at BMWs :wink: ... take a look at the G650 XCountry. I think it's 40-50 lbs lighter than a GS. Makes a huge difference, at least to me. And the 2009s are quite a bit lower than the 07-08 models, FYI.

    But smaller is better to start. I started on a Yamaha XT 225.

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  4. Ladybug

    Ladybug Bug Sister

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    I agree something cheaper and smaller to start is a good way to go. If you can find a very inexpensive used bike to ride for the first few months you can do your learning and possibily dropping with that. If you get a good used bike say 5 years old or more you can always get your money out of it when it comes time to buy your dream bike. After taking a class and getting a little riding in your have a much better idea of what you want for you.

    We all have ideas of what the best bike is but that's the best bike for us. Right now I want to look at the new G650GS BMW two cylinder that's coming out. It might even be at your BMW shop now. The X series bikes are nice too but way too tall for me and will never be in my sights.

    With that said V-Stroms are good bikes and if you can find a good used one it would be a good bike if you are going to start on a 650. The Buell Blast is also a good bike if it's only going to be used for road riding.

    There are all sorts of great bikes out there to start on and it depends on what type of riding you want to do while you get a few miles under you and get comfortable with the bike.

    I started on a 100 cc bike many years ago and it was the best for me. I also wasn't trying to keep up with "the big boys". The 200-250 cc dual sport bikes are great for starting on too. In fact I have a DR200 that I enjoy the heck out of because it's easy to ride and easy to turn around in tight spots, also easier to pick up if it goes over and it has.

    There are lots of choices out there, sit on all the bikes you can, feel it, see how it fits you, leaing it back and forth, push it forward, back it up and most important find the bike that you connect with and not what someone else things you should get.

    Good luck, I'll be waiting to see what you decide on for your first bike.:clap
  5. Roadrunner

    Roadrunner (Negativus Supersonicus)

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    This sounds really great....quite a distance for a little Yamaha XT 250 - but maybe if I got my tires switched out by then (OEM's Cheng Shi* are *unstable and squirmy* at all speeds)....and dressed up my bike to take longer trips - kinda' like Lady Draco's - it might work. Camping would be great, too, but I'd probably rather rent a condo if some others would like to go in on that.

    Lady Draco....what kind of tires did you put on your XT, and what did you use for your rack to tie on your gear? As much as I love my husband, I'm really yearning to go on an all female trip.. !!! :brow

    And....
    Bonegrl - how tall are you? I have heard Sherpa's are a great way to start. On my XT 250 - my feet are *almost* flat, and I'm about 5'4 1/2. With MC boots - I'm much more comfortable. I also started many years ago on a smaller bike (at least, a lower to the ground street bike). I've heard Honda Rebel's are a great street bike on which to start, if you're not interested in a dualsport...Where are you located - 'cause we will all help 'ya find something that will work for you!! And sometimes what is available depends on where you are, and how far you are willing to travel to get it. :^)
  6. Queen

    Queen Long timer

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    One of the gals in '02 rode from either CA or WA (I can't remember exactly) to the conference in West Virginia on a Honda Rebel 250. So don't let anyone tell you you can't do it if you choose to. :thumb
  7. LadyDraco

    LadyDraco KillerSmileIHazIt !!

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    I wish I could help ya... But the pix I put up wasn't my bike.....
    I only re-posted it from one of the other gals bike....

    I had a 400T that I couldn't come close to the ground...
    Then I had a NightHawk that we lowered so I could just touch the ground...
    I didn't like the rebels .. The air box bothered my legs..When I came to a stop.... I'm very short... 5.1 in my moto boots... 25-26 inseam..:nod
    I don't have any dig. pix of it .. We put saddle bags on it so I could go shopping on it.... The NightHawk is a standard type moto.. I liked it way better then the rebels and more cruiser type...
    Then I stepped up to this Beast I still ride today...
    This moto had 15k on it when I got it in April of 02 ..It now has 129k on it...
    I have put a New Clutch in at 122k... It's running great!!!!
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    I also have a Black one that I just about built... I had someone else do the rear end...

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  8. Roadrunner

    Roadrunner (Negativus Supersonicus)

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    Well, I know it CAN be done. I rode a Honda CB 200 - which is comparable to a Rebel for many, many years on the road - on and off highways at good speeds. I also know a Honda Rebel sits a whole lot more comfortable on the road than a Dualsport. Today's dualsport seats are like sitting on dental floss! :nod But once I make a few modifications to this bike, and get one of those ATV seatcovers, it might make it better for longer rides.
  9. Roadrunner

    Roadrunner (Negativus Supersonicus)

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    ...whose bike that was Lady Draco? I wouldn't mind using my bike so much with the mods and after getting my fuel /carberator to run better at our high altitudes.
  10. Queen

    Queen Long timer

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    Didn't mean to offend you, just offering an example of someone who did what she was told couldn't be done.
  11. bonegrl

    bonegrl n00biest of n00bs

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    That is funny that you mention the V-Strom since that is the other bike that we are looking at. I do like the Buells, but I might decide I want something that could go off road and be away from the ATV. And I understand the height thing. I use to be tall....I'm still 5'8", but that seems to be average anymore.

    Can I have some opinions on something that would be a nice ride on pavement that will work off road also? That is the big thing. The hubby has a DRZ400 and without having an extra set of wheels, the knobbies are a little rough. You guys are the best!
  12. Motera

    Motera Been here awhile

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    I have the V strom 650, I am 5'5 so at 5'8 you are laughing :clap
    It is primarily a road bike, very capable on unpaved roads (compared to sport bikes, touring bikes and cruisers) but not really suitable for off-road.
    good luck!
  13. Roadrunner

    Roadrunner (Negativus Supersonicus)

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    If you want an off road capable bike, you have to compromise on-the-road comfort. I really like my '08 Yamaha XT 250, but will like it a WHOLE lot more once I get new tires. The OEM's are shameful.

    What is your inseam? I'm 5'4 and comfortable on my bike with MC boots. The seat height is about 31 1/2". My husband, who is 5'9 and who has about the same inseam, feels a bit uncomfortable with the seat height. Go figure. My bike is about the lowest seated new dualsport you can get. A lot of women like the Sherpas - which you would have to buy used.

    My husband is going to go with a street only bike, to get a lower seat.
  14. bonegrl

    bonegrl n00biest of n00bs

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    I honestly don't know what my inseam is, though I know I am not able to really reach the ground on the hubby's DRZ400. Now, he is 6'2" with a 34 inseam.

    I saw someone mentioned putting an ATV seat on their bike. Can you explain that? I'm having an hard time visualizing my ATV seat on a bike.
  15. Tempesta

    Tempesta I know, right?

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    I think they're talking about a seat cover. It's marketed for ATVs but a lot of folks strap them onto their dirtbike seats. I got mine at WalMart and put it on my XT 225. I had been sliding around on the seat and it was a bit hard too. The seat cover helps with that.

    +1 on getting a bike that works for you now. It seems like it's really common to move through a couple of bikes the first few years you're learning, not only how to ride, but how YOU ride.

    Hmm, all this talk... I might have to go for a ride today :evil a ride that doesn't involve commuting to work. :puke1


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  16. bonegrl

    bonegrl n00biest of n00bs

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    Yeah I saw that it was an ATV seat cover when I went back and reread the post. Thanks, I'm not always the sharpest tool in the shed. :uhoh
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    demenshea 1% Angel 99% Hooligan

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  18. Frank_W

    Frank_W Making shampoo mohawks...

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    Women on bikes... Fuckin' HOT!!!! :evil:tb:thumb
  19. SelkieRider

    SelkieRider Adventurer

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    I thought I would say hi and introduce myself to fellow women riders since my F800GS finally came in and I can't seem to get enough of it. :ricky Too bad work gets in the way...

    So anyway, HI! :wave
  20. Astir

    Astir Adventuress

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    Uhhh.... pictures? :augie

    :clap I so want an 800GS! Welcome!