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Old 04-16-2013, 07:08 PM   #1
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Learning to ride!

So the hubs has been "trying" to teach me to ride his, Duc 1098...ummm no thx! Need lesser HP for this chick! What is a good starter bike?! I am also 6ft 2 so don't care for my feet nor knees to drag the ground! Haha! Thanks for any and all info! Elisha
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Old 04-16-2013, 07:15 PM   #2
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Almost all sport bikes are tall - you'll need to sit on several to see what's most comfortable.

Of course a 250cc is best to learn on, but GS500, 650r, or SV650 are good bikes for beginners, as well. I recommend taking MSF and not taking lessons from your husband. I know he means well, but it's very difficult to learn from a spouse.

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Almost all sport bikes are tall - you'll need to sit on several to see what's most comfortable.

Of course a 250cc is best to learn on, but GS500, 650r, or SV650 are good bikes for beginners, as well. I recommend taking MSF and not taking lessons from your husband. I know he means well, but it's very difficult to learn from a spouse.

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Almost all sport bikes are tall - you'll need to sit on several to see what's most comfortable.

Of course a 250cc is best to learn on, but GS500, 650r, or SV650 are good bikes for beginners, as well. I recommend taking MSF and not taking lessons from your husband. I know he means well, but it's very difficult to learn from a spouse.

Welcome to it!
Haha! Yea, he was getting aggravated with me...shitass! But, I am going to take MSF as soon as we get back from COTA! Thank you for advice and recommendations!
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Get something tht fit you. I do not recommend a sport bike for beginners. The 600s have over 100HP. The SV650 or 650 WeeStrom (due to your height) would be good choices. A standard or cruiser has the best balance for new riders.
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Old 04-16-2013, 07:45 PM   #6
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I think Monster 696 or 796 would be very cute for you and your husband to pair up in Ducs.
Must expensive version of SV.

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Old 04-16-2013, 08:00 PM   #7
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Take a look at the drz400sm. You should fit the seat height pretty well, the motor is tame, and the bike is pretty much indestructible. Also, once you've gotten the hang of it, you can mod the out of it.
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Thanks, everyone! Hubs and I are googling all that is mentioned! I think I'm in love with the Monster 696 tho! Could be cuz it's a gorgeous ride!
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Old 04-16-2013, 08:26 PM   #10
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I believe you can find 2001-2004 Duci Monsters used for about 2-4k. Might be worth looking into.

The first bike always gets dropped... always.
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There is a gs500 for sell still on this form.
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250s are great bikes to learn on. They are light weight and nimble.

Even if you only have it for a couple months, it is worth it.
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Monster would be good. Btw first bikes don't ALWAYS get dropped.
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cbr250r, ninja 250/300, crf250l, drz400sm, tu250x, wr250, gs500, buell blast.

these would all do you just fine. cycletrader, craigslist, and the for sale section of this forum would be a good place to start.
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Monster would be good. Btw first bikes don't ALWAYS get dropped.
That is true, but a beater would take any trepidation out of general wear and tear. On my first new bike any rattle, false neutral, or clunk weirded me out for the first thousand or so miles. A used bike doesn't inspire those protective instincts.
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250 is the bike to have and to keep also for future track days until you gain enough confidence to upgrade to a 600
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The only reason I suggested her the Monster is because she's smart enough to know she doesn't need all that hp and actually wanting something smaller.
Also at 6'2", she has the advantage of stability.
I think her being careful with her husband's extra precaution, she should be fine.
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250 is going to be cramped for that height. SV650 or 650R will be a better fit and are still very newbie friendly with forgiving power bands
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