Not Sure Where to Put This....Bike for Wifey?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Glen1978, Jun 25, 2020.

  1. Glen1978

    Glen1978 Been here awhile

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    Wasnt sure where to put this post guys. If you feel the need to move it feel free. Just couldnt find a category that I thought it suited.

    Just bought a 2019 KTM 1290 SAR and really enjoying it so far. The wife enjoys riding bikes as well but is scared of a big bike and kinda refuses to ride on the 1290 with me. She currently rides a Beta 300 Xtrainer with me on single track / ATV trails so she has a little skill. Here are some requirements for her a bike.

    -NOT KTM priced (new or used)
    -Must be able to run highway speeds for some time.
    -Needs to be shorter in the saddle. Shes 5'10 and larger frame and wants to able to flatfoot it Im sure.....or close.
    -lighter weight would be a huge plus

    Thought about the Honda CB500X but have not seen one of those in person.
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  2. Bucho

    Bucho DAMNrider

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    Wow! Your wife can already ride a 2T bike on singletrack/atv trails???
    You are ALREADY so far ahead of the game

    At 5’10” she is also WAY taller than most women and men in the world.

    DR650 can be picked up fairly cheap used. They are relatively low. Can also lower the rear 2”s by using the different shock mount hole.
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  3. Glen1978

    Glen1978 Been here awhile

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    I started her out on a Honda 230 and it was a turd. Weird ergos for learning how to ride single track. Now she is NO pro or even novice but she can do it. The higher speeds and weight of an ADV bike kinda scare her.
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  4. st3ryder

    st3ryder Long timer

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    Sorry, but what type of riding does she intend to do with the new bike?
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  5. AwDang

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  6. Glen1978

    Glen1978 Been here awhile

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    Nothing crazy. Dirt roads, gravel, off the beaten path
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  7. T-34

    T-34 Been here awhile Supporter

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    Used DR400?
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  8. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades... Super Supporter

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    Sounds like she would enjoy the 500 if the power is satisfactory for her liking. Maybe a Versys 300? Heck I'd say hit a multi line dealership and see what is there. You forgot one thing I learned when selling motorcycles... If she likes the bike she picks she will ride a whole lot more.

    Could keep in mind any suspension can be reworked to lower any bike a bit while not overly compromising the ground clearance for what you describe. After all the tough stuff would be on the Beta.
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  9. Glen1978

    Glen1978 Been here awhile

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    Your right on her picking!
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    GS310? RE Himalayan? I don't know what you really require for highway speeds but those are fun.
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  11. Glen1978

    Glen1978 Been here awhile

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    70 or 75mph
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  12. Rossland Rider

    Rossland Rider Been here awhile

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    KTM 390 Adventure
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  13. Glen1978

    Glen1978 Been here awhile

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    Interesting. How would that do on the highway at speed?
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  14. Tripped1

    Tripped1 Smoove, Smoove like velvet.

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    I know the 390 Dukes can achieve "highway speeds" I have seen it first hand....a co-worker has one and he can follow me around on the toll roads if it takes him a minute to catch up :lol3

    No idea if they are releasing it in the US though

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    I’d be curious about the Tenere 700. Might be bigger than she wants.

    Hard to argue against the CB500, except for that stupid 17” front wheel.

    I’d love to test ride a 300 Versys. I’m not sure what the seat height is, but it might actually be too small for her.
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    2019 has a 19, and many other upgrades
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    Tripped1 Smoove, Smoove like velvet.

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    At 5'10 her inseam is likely longer than mine at 32".....women tend to be bit longer in the leg than men.
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  18. Rossland Rider

    Rossland Rider Been here awhile

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    All the reviews on the KTM 390 are very positive. I haven't ridden one yet but want to. They are available in Canada, not sure bout the US yet
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  19. Moronic

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    BMW G 310 GS. Just a thought:

    https://www.bmwmotorcycles.com/en/models/adventure/g310gs.html


    Big thread from an inmate here:

    https://advrider.com/f/threads/beemer-beemer-chicken-deener.1294883/

    Made in India for BMW by an Indian firm at a new factory.

    Poster of that thread has been around a long time and seems to like it. Improved the suspension before taking the trip.

    She reports some huge highway days on the trip - from memory more than 1000 miles in one case. Lots of use on gravel roads and trails too.

    Not sure how these compare with the little KTM. Others will know.
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  20. Tripped1

    Tripped1 Smoove, Smoove like velvet.

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    There is also the Kawasaki 300X

    The CB500X, which you can pick up for chips, and if you want to make it more offroad friendly....Rally Rade can hook you up. As they get larger you have the Weestorm, XR600s, KLRs, and whatnot.
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