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Old 02-19-2013, 08:04 AM   #1
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Wink helping out yet another curious potential rider

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So we have a new geologist at work, she moved here recently. She has looked over my bike pictures, calendar and such and yesterday she asked: for years I have wanted to learn to ride, how do I do it?

So, I am connecting her with the BRC at Awesome, and starting the educational process, and recommended if she likes riding after BRC, and scores the M, that she buy a used Ninja 250. She has already said: not my style...we will see what she has in mind. Many new riders seem to have little knowledge of what makes a good starter bike, and what does not. Image seems to dominate, and not common sense.

Anyway, there it is. If she signs up for BRC I will fore-arm her with a reasonable dose of mental knowledge. The good news is she knows how to operate a manual transmission, and she rode minibikes when young and ATVs. Motivation looks high.

It is fun doing my duty for the next generation.
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:13 AM   #2
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the new 250 and 300's are nice lookin, look just like a SS bike. if thats her style
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the new 250 and 300's are nice lookin, look just like a SS bike. if thats her style
The new Kawi 300's are sweet...
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If the ninja 250 and similar are not her style there is always the SV 650 but I think another good recommendation would be an FZ6.
Unless she is thinking cruiser. Plenty of choices down that road.
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She could learn on a scooter like me or a bike shed never sell. An xt225,xt250,crf250l,drz400
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This being predominately sportbike forum, the baby Ninja tends to be the natural recommendation. Bear in mind that most riders in the US do not ride sportbikes. Cruisers still reign supreme. That is what most non-moto folks see. To me, a Rebel 250, Star 250, or GV250 makes a lot more sense as a starter bike than any baby sportbike. The ultra low seat feels a lot more secure for a noob, especially for a petite female. the upright sitting position with forward pegs feels comforting and less aggressive than the lean forward, weight on your wrists sportbike posture.

Regardless of all that. Let the noob choose her first bike. Most of us old-timers or seasoned riders look at the different genre of bikes with a jaundiced eye. She is looking at it with a fresh set of eyes and aspirations. Unless she fingers a Hayabusa, let her pick what she want, even if it isn't what you would choose.
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Lol...fat chance on pics, I am a professional here. We talked more, I brought up the Honda CBR 250R, she brought up Royal Enfields...I countered with a Triumph Thruxton, and so she likes "classic bikes". After she takes the BRC, and gets serious about buying we will talk more.
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What the does this chick look like?
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She told me that I am the only person she has bounced the riding idea off of that gave supportive and knowledgeable responses. I thought about telling her about this forum, but clearly the maturity level here is abysmal. Her mother is terrified about the idea....so I am countering with learn to ride safe ideas, and skills and judgement and all those concepts.

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Lol...fat chance on pics, I am a professional here. We talked more, I brought up the Honda CBR 250R, she brought up Royal Enfields...I countered with a Triumph Thruxton, and so she likes "classic bikes". After she takes the BRC, and gets serious about buying we will talk more.
No need for pics. I like her already. She's got the makings of a great cafe racer girl.

Yes, you are wise to keep her away from the pack of hormone-infused hyaenas here.
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Lol...fat chance on pics, I am a professional here. We talked more, I brought up the Honda CBR 250R, she brought up Royal Enfields...I countered with a Triumph Thruxton, and so she likes "classic bikes". After she takes the BRC, and gets serious about buying we will talk more.
If she's looking at enfields she may want to consider Urals as well. Also Cleveland Cyclewerks makes a cafe racer that would be good for a first-timer.
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Rael,

Actually I am thinking about a transverse air cooled, small block, V-twin made in Mandello del Lario....need to ride my candy into work and show her the Gooootzi.

She has style, that is for sure. It will be interesting to watch and help.
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