What bike next for wife?

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  1. espacef1fan

    espacef1fan Been here awhile

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    She currently has a 2006 Ninja 650R. Its lowered about an inch so that should tell you where we are headed with seat height. She also likes the weight, though it could be lighter.

    She wants a bike that is either lighter or more stylish but any bike with forward biased foot controls are decidely out. She also enjoys 55mpg with unleaded. She also likes the power output.
    Basically the 650 is a jack of all trades master at none.

    Finally I will be sharing the bike with here so her next bike should be VERY different than my TL1000R.(more standard-ish or retro-ish?)

    We have come up with a few bikes to check out.

    Street Triple
    Bonneville SE
    Moto Guzzi V7
    Maybe a Sportster 1200 of some kind?

    New isnt a requirement or even something we prefer...used is where the value is at.

    What other bikes should we consider for her short leg height/preferences?
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  2. Cat0020

    Cat0020 El cheapo

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    If you have to get it soon, Street Triple is probably the best value for its performance.
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  3. Navin

    Navin Long timer

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    See my posts about my slightly hot rodded Ninja 300. It doesn't need a lot to be pretty good. Minimally, steering head bearings upgraded at $45, and a +1 CS sprocket makes it pretty decent. Oops, add sintered brake pads and SS line up front, under $100 together and then your favorite tires.

    Lighter, up to 104 MPG, 63 steady for me in mixed fast riding. Highway cruise at 85MPH actual easily.

    Suspension & power can get better by the usual tricks.

    Or wait out the 390 Duke or SS from KTM.

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=825961
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  4. dirtydeeds

    dirtydeeds I'm alive.

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    Going through something similar. We'll probably be picking up a Ducati Monster 696 this week. There have been a few really nice used ones popping up for sale.

    Its both: lighter and more stylish. Also lower.
    The maintenance interval on the new generation is supposed to be much better than the older models.
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  5. 1derer

    1derer Sh*t Where am I?

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    I believe the best choice is the one your wife picks! Doesn't matter what style it is how it looks (to you) or who makes it... it needs to be the one she says.... "I want that one" Just my $0.02
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  6. ben2go

    ben2go Moto Flunky

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    I have a 2000 V Star Classic.It's a really easy bike to ride.Low seat height around 28 inches or maybe a little shorter.If you're looking for new,I'd check out Honda's 500cc to 700cc line up.Some good stuff for the tourer and sport rider.
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  7. dirtydeeds

    dirtydeeds I'm alive.

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    Agreed.

    My SO picked the Duc, not me. I only have veto power on a bike that could be a hand full of problems. I'm glad she likes the M696. Not so pricey, not too complicated v-twin and it looks decent enough. The aftermarket windshields are a bit pricey and luggage is almost limited to a Beta Bag type system but all in all, I think we can work with it. It's a low bike to start and the Ducati lower seat is pretty easy to find. Don't need fancy/expensive crash bars either; there's a ton of aftermarket sliders for them. (Just protection for when bike falls over.)
    It will be her 3rd street bike. First being a Ninja 250 - great machine but bad riding position. Second, a lowered KTM640 Supermoto. She likes it but it's one of the cursed ones that will vibrate the teeth out of your head. (She's had a couple KE100s and a KLX140 as well.)

    We looked at the newer Honda CB500 series. She said they were too tall and heavy. I really liked the idea of the Aprilia Mana 850GT. It's got some great ideas. Good storage up front, gas tank under seat and a CVT. The odd used one pops up for a reasonable price. Again, too big and heavy.
    And also the BMW650 twin. Too big.

    I tried to steer her toward a Triumph 955. They are great value, as Cat2 mentioned. She wasn't interested at the time. :(
    Nor was she interested in a V7.

    I think there is a lot to gain by her jumping up to a M796. If it were shorter we would look at them, too.

    +1 on the 100mpg comment by Navin regarding the little ninja. Our 250 routinely returned that type of efficiency.

    So... did you go look at any bikes?
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  8. Navin

    Navin Long timer

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    Don't rule out an older monster based on that. Nothing changed to increase the service intervals, simply a matter of Ducati saying "7500" miles now rather than 6000...very fun bike!
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  10. dirtydeeds

    dirtydeeds I'm alive.

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    Good to know.
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  11. iyaoyas98

    iyaoyas98 Bored Silly

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    I think a super sexy black speed triple would do the trick....:deal


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  12. kawi_girl

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    So...need to clarify a few things.
    1) how much does your wife ride? By indicating she wants something more 'stylish' and lighter, I get the impression she is not interested in putting on the big miles.
    2) you have made so many points as to what she likes about the Ninja that I am baffled as to why she wants a different bike...unless it is YOU that wants a different bike...

    I have a 2009 Ninja 650 and love it. I bought it new and it's currently pushing the 40,000km point, and running well. Done some really big trips and it has taken me through driving rain, crazy wind, baking hot sun, cold and fog with no hiccups. It keeps up great on the freeway with a Bandit 1250 and is fun in the twisties. All this with side cases and a top case. Anything lighter would be a bit scary in the strong wind, and heavier would be more bike than I want. The only thing that I would change is having ABS, and the new 650 is the answer to that. Except that I love my bike so I'm keeping it for a while longer.

    As far as the stylish comment...I think it's a sporty looking little bike, so I'm not sure what you mean by that. Something without fairing? Er-6n then? Realise that no fairing means no wind protection which can change the comfort of the ride. As you can see I may be a bit biased here but really I think the that Ninja is the complete package. Don't forget that fuel economy, hard to beat that.
    Rant over:D
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  13. Dave.0

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    moto guzzi V7-

    a step down in outright performance, but a huge step up in style

    add screens and bags as you see fit
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    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    :rofl

    I read the thread title as "What bike for next wife?"
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  15. espacef1fan

    espacef1fan Been here awhile

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    Ok. Yes she doesnt put big miles on. She rides in stints under 200 miles generally.


    She has been thinking and has decided if she leaves the Ninja it will be for something retro. So all of the sportbikeish options are out. The 650 is her first bike and she is interested in exploring other types of motorcycles.
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  17. dirtydeeds

    dirtydeeds I'm alive.

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    That would be the V7, or the Triumph Scrambler.
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  19. Jedi Apprentice

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    My dad is selling his 2012 bonneville se with 1200 miles if you want to fly and ride to Boston. Blue/white paintscheme. Lovely bike, nice seat height for short-legs. Weight is super manageable, but I don't find the bike as flickable or rev-loving as the ninja 650r.
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  20. ka5ysy

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    BMW F800GT maybe ? Nice light weight, great performance and has touring capability. It is a good step up bike from the current ride. My bride says it is "cute" which seems to be a major buy point for women!

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