girl bikes....

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by 35xj, Oct 1, 2011.

  1. 35xj

    35xj Been here awhile

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    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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  2. engineerjoe

    engineerjoe Adventurer

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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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  3. rgoers

    rgoers Been here awhile

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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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  4. Tepi

    Tepi Been here awhile

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    Let her ride the 610 if she likes it.
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  5. Qwik

    Qwik Adrenaline Addict

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    Uhm. Okay:D
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  6. SidewinderX

    SidewinderX Hey, watch this!

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    I have a Street legal TTR125E for sale if your interested. 2hrs away.... :evil:evil


    My girl got a BMW 650 and is looking to sell her TTR. PM me if interested.
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  7. 35xj

    35xj Been here awhile

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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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  8. Kürbczech

    Kürbczech Almost tacticool...

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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? :dunno Lots of Frankenstein options there.
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  9. orangebear

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    most moden 125cc bike are 4strokes the road ones any way.
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  10. engineerjoe

    engineerjoe Adventurer

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    What's wrong with a CRF150R - sounds like it's exactly what you're looking for.
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  11. Schickmeister

    Schickmeister Youngin'

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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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  12. anotherguy

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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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  13. J_White

    J_White should be working

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    NM, not the place for that.
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  14. NJ-Brett

    NJ-Brett Brett

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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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  15. Idle

    Idle Been here awhile

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    Check out the shortypants thread in thumpers I think. Lots of great information there.
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  16. David R

    David R I been called a Nut Job..

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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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  17. thatdirtykid

    thatdirtykid Been here awhile

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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. :evil
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  18. kpt4321

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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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  19. David R

    David R I been called a Nut Job..

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    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.

    David
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  20. klr650gary

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    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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