Funny you say that, I had to talk him out of getting one. He had talked to some squid who has a tricked out busa and was told that they're not that hard to ride, the guy said his girlfriend had never had a bike and rode it just fine, so of course he could handle it if she could. It took me a while but I talked him into getting a starter bike before he gets a busa, which he still plans on doing after his next deployment, but I figured I put off his imminent demise for about 2 years. I explained to him several times the importance of ATGATT and that he should take the MSF course, we are required to take it to be allowed to ride on any DoD installation. Thanks for all the input.
My first was a 82' Suzuki GS550L. It was a great starter bike. I have never regretting starting small. Got it for $500 and sold for the same at the end of the same season. Old Kawi LTD's or Honda Rebels are also good choices. Anything cheap and under 750cc's. Just my $.02
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Ill second the EX route, and add the 650 as a possibilty - But, dont forget the GS500, great biek, fun to ride and bullet proof - But then again, if he wants a cruiser , check out the C50 or M50 - cheap good bikes they are !
I am 5'5" and have a 30" inseam and my DR650 with a shaved seat works fine for me, I can't flat foot both feet, but the bike is light and easy to balance. My 919 is also easy for my height, but not a good beginners bike.