What's a Chick Bike?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by carlaking, Jul 21, 2008.

  1. carlaking

    carlaking MissAdventuring

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    I have just got to know what is all this about "chick bikes." I hear the term more and more often now.

    I'm 5"7' 130 pounds. Ride a big BMW K75RT and a little 500 cc Enfield, and have ridden everything from a tiny Honda trail bike to a Fat Boy, sidehacks, too. What makes a chick bike? Is it smaller? Is it prettier? Is it sexier? Quieter? Cute and cuddly? Is there or should there be such a category? Can chicks only call other chick's chick bikes chick bikes? "Hey girlfriend, look at that Monster. It is such a cool chick bike..."

    There are plenty of guys shorter than me who are learning to ride who need a low seat height and underpowered engine - which is how I've heard chick bikes described - so that can't be it. Really.

    Here are a few bikes I've heard called chick bikes, and not all of them are "underpowered" - there must be more. Do we - chicks, that is - like them better? Would a guy - even a learner - be caught dead on any of them if they were branded as chick bikes?
    • Ducati Monster
    • Harley Sportster
    • Ninja 250
    • Honda Rebel
    • Aprilia Shiver
    :gun1

    Gotta know . . .
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  2. 2ndSPACE

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  3. dircha

    dircha Been here awhile

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    A motorcycle considered to be in the same category as another, but having substantially less power and typically a lower seat height, except where the cost of the latter is substantially above the norm for its peers.
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  4. AnnieGS

    AnnieGS Namasté, bitches!

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    ...and it's a damn shame that people feel inclined tack that label on to a machine.


    Any bike I ride is a 'chick bike'. :deal
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  5. redstripesailor

    redstripesailor Swarthy Swab

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    The folks I work with (guys AND GIRLS) all ride Harleys and they refer to the Sportster as a "chick bike". It's the smallest in the HD line-up, I think that's the only reason it's gets that moniker. It's funny to hear the girls talking about a chick bike or bitch bike though.

    I ride a Triumph and I'm a little out of touch with the HD crowd and it's mentality, but I like the sportster. It would be my pick if I ever wanted a hog.

    And for the record they don't differintiate between the 883 and 1200 sportsters, they call them both "chick bikes"
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  6. 2ndSPACE

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    That could be interesting. :D
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  7. celticgent

    celticgent Long timer

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    IMHO the ducati monster and aprillia shiver have too much horsepower/wt. for a beginner, and the sportster is too heavy for a beginner.

    CAN a beginner ride and learn on them? YES.
    best case scenario? NO.

    as far as any of those you mentioned being 'chick bikes', well that's what some people who need to make themselves superior or 'manly' like to say about anything that's not either a racebike or something that's over 700 lbs. it's a shame, really and it's basically idiots measuring penis size by a vehicle.

    and as far as whether or not a guy would ride them...

    i'm a guy and own a sporty, and i definitely would LOVE to own either a monster, shiver, and even the ninja 250. the 250 rebel is too underpowered for me IMHO, but i would wouldn't begrudge anyone for owning one.

    a true biker or motorcycle enthusiast will tell you it's not WHAT you ride, it's THAT you ride.






    cheers
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  8. AnnieGS

    AnnieGS Namasté, bitches!

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    'chick bikes' I have ridden:

    Triumph Scrambler
    XT 225
    DRZ400
    EX500
    WR250F
    CRF230F
    R80 airhead
    Goldwing
    KTM 400EXC
    Piaggio MP3
    BMW G650X
    BMW HP2
    KTM 950
    BMW 1150GS
    R100GS
    Hayabusa
    Honda XR75
    ...


    yup, chick, bikes. every one of 'em. :nod
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  9. crooked roads

    crooked roads I'm back

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    Than The chicks will come .:lol3 I'll buy one of em (the bike I mean)
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  10. longrider999

    longrider999 Long timer

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    carlaking,my first harley was a 91 HD 1200 sportster.it was a bike id consider owning again.i like the sound and performance.there seems to be an opinion in the USA that bigger is better.especially in SOME of the HD crowd.i couldnt wait to get a 94 HD ultra classic so that id have the biggest HD available.and its a great bike for touring.i have women friends who i ride with who own everything from 50cc mopeds to a 91 HD softail.its the same wind that hits my face if im on a 50cc scooter or a boss hoss.theres alot of wannaaabbeee riders around.id say if they call youre bike a chick bike theyre in that catagory.my .02.
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  11. 2ndSPACE

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    exactly!

    You've single handedly turned many great machines into chick bikes.:eek1
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  12. Luke

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    Chick bike. Not a term to take seriously.

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  13. carlaking

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    Absolutely! The Rebel is definitely the only one in that list I would call a decent learners bike. I've got to say that I'm a bit disturbed when manufacturers tout 600cc motorcycles as beginner/mid-level bikes -- the magazines, too. Not surprising that they want to sell now and then sell up. And women are a huge market now. But it's like, if you're experienced, you must have something over 1000cc's. And you see that accident rates go up when price comes down + power goes up, as in the teenagers who split lanes at 80mph wearing shorts and tennies. But that's another topic... are those bikes (I listed) - sexier? :brow Or cuter? I know that Ural (sidecars) have marketed to women because they're cute, easy to ride (3 wheels), can carry the groceries, and cheap (family 2nd bike). And I know from riding one for years that women love love love that bike. Not that men don't. I think all the bikes on that list are sexy. I don't think that, no matter how rideable it might be, the V-Strom would ever be called a chick bike. :rofl
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  14. RedShark

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    Part of the reason my beloved HawkGTs were such an utter sales flop inthe US is they got pidgeonholed as beginner or chick-bikes. Smaller, lighter, easier to handle. Heck, I love the things. Hawks, that is. Well, chicks too.

    Bandit 400s, VRF 400s, VTR 250s, Buell Blasts - anything that a smaller person could ride as a beginner, competantly, and without the intimidation of more weight or a higher saddle than necessary.

    Don't let labels take away options.

    Just look at the classic 'Chick Car" of all time; the VW Cabrio. They're a hoot, affordable, comfortable and practical. ( wife owned one )

    Let's face it, in many ways women really are smarter.
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  15. andoulli

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    They call em Girlsters in these parts.

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  16. 2ndSPACE

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    "Chick bikes" are bikes that "chicks" ride. Make and model make no diff. The fact that the "chick" is not riding B.O.B. is humiliating to an underachieving male rider.:deal:lol3
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  17. 2ndSPACE

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    I perfer my "chicks" to be on "chick bikes":rofl
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  18. dillon

    dillon Low Speed, High Drag

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    I think its simply a term insecure guys with raging inadequacy issues use to justify the purchase of the biggest most powerful bike. Me im just fine with my Ninja 250...
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  19. Iamnotbob

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    So then in your words the 600cc is to big for a beginner. That is bullshit. I started out on a FZ6. It is a perfect bike to learn on. All the power is in high RPM's. It is there if you want it. I would not change that for learning on a Rebel 250. I took MSF on that and it was horrible. You ride what you can handle.

    How did this thread go from being about Chick Bikes to beginner bikes.

    I believe the perfect girl bike is the Ducati 1098.
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  20. InTheSticks

    InTheSticks Been here awhile

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    Rats - my old H-D XR1000 a chick bike ??!!......ok......well....it did make by butt look big *grin*
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