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post #1 of 17 Old 08-07-2007, 07:58 AM Thread Starter
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Good morning, My wife recently got her motorcycle license. She has been riding my 919 at the local high school parking lot. While I don't think she is ready to hit the highway, I'd like her to become more comfortable on her own bike. Anyway, there is an '01 Ninja 500 R fairly close to me, at a decent price. My bride is 6ft. tall and about 135 lbs. Any opinions on this as a starter bike would be greatly appreciated.

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post #2 of 17 Old 08-07-2007, 09:03 AM
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That bike would be fine for your wife. It has been around for years as a EX500. They made good track bikes with a few mods. If the price is right buy it for her.

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That would be my recommendation for someone so tall, actually. I'd get that.

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See this :

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Also, 2 things..

1. If she can't pick it up when it is on it's side, she shouldn't be riding it.
2. If she has never ridden a bike before, start off small. She can work her way up after she has more confidence.

just my 2 cents

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After driving a few hours both north and south of my place, I have looked at several "mint condition" 400 and 500 cc motorcycles. They have all been crashed, some many times. On cycletrader.com I find a 600 cc bandit a few minutes from my house and it happens to belong to a good friends brother. Anyway, we have a new bike. It is a '96, it has 8000 miles and is nearly flawless. I was worried that a 600 might be a bit much for my rookie. After spending a few hours with it, I think it is a good choice. It's rather docile below 8000 rpm. And it makes a little juice if you wring it's neck.

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Sweet. Keep us posted on the "virgin ride."

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Also, 2 things..

1. If she can't pick it up when it is on it's side, she shouldn't be riding it.
2. If she has never ridden a bike before, start off small. She can work her way up after she has more confidence.

just my 2 cents
I'm ashamed of you, sir. Picking up amotorcycle has more to do with physics than just the weight of a motorcycle. I was the only student in my msf course to let the teacher show me the proper way to pick up a bike. It isn't with your back.

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I wish they made a few more "apealing" or at least updated starter bikes, most have been around for yrs. My son will be ready for his first street bike in another yr and is already Looking at his options

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I've pondered good starter bikes for some friends and my brother recently and on my short list are most of the mentioned bikes: Ninja 500 and 250, Bandit, etc.

The one other bike that comes to mind is the Buell Blast, since I completed the MSF course on it. It is small and low to the ground, cheap if you buy them slightly used (dime a dozen), the power is, how should I say... not intimidating, but adequate for a new rider. Pretty sure they are somewhat reliable, too.

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I've pondered good starter bikes for some friends and my brother recently and on my short list are most of the mentioned bikes: Ninja 500 and 250, Bandit, etc.

The one other bike that comes to mind is the Buell Blast, since I completed the MSF course on it. It is small and low to the ground, cheap if you buy them slightly used (dime a dozen), the power is, how should I say... not intimidating, but adequate for a new rider. Pretty sure they are somewhat reliable, too.

Just my 2 cents
The MSF course my wife took was on a Buell Blast, my tall wife found it too short and too cramped. We looked at a half a dozen "perfect" Ninja 500s, to me they were perfectly totalled. I think if I was selling a bike that was crashed a few times, that fact would make it in my description.

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UGH! I HATED the buell blast. I would never recomment that as a starter. Not smooth enough for a single, imo.

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Here's a nice production starter bike:

http://www.harley-davidson.com/wcm/C...p?locale=en_US

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Here's a nice production starter bike:

http://www.harley-davidson.com/wcm/C...p?locale=en_US
Cool, it even has training wheels!!

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if she likes the 919 she will like this one. the CB400SF, if there's any over there at your side.

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She would love that bike. But no we don't get that one over here.

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