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post #1 of 23 Old 09-05-2007, 09:33 AM Thread Starter
 
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Short, inexperienced rider looking for good bikes

My buddy is about 5'6" and has never ridden before,he has a 28" inseam and was asking me what bikes would be good for him, any recommendations?

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My buddy is about 5'6" and has never ridden before,he has a 28" inseam and was asking me what bikes would be good for him, any recommendations?

Something within the 250 to 500 range. In fact LilNin (one of our esteemed members) is selling her pristine '01 Ninja EX500 which would be a wonderful starter bike.

Oh yeah, don't forget to have him ATGATT and take the MSF course as well.


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Honda Rebel (27" seat height)

He can get a heavier bike after safely learning to ride.

Where did he get injured?

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My GF is short, and she fit perfectly on the very cool Honda 599. I think that is a great bike.

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EX250, EX500, GS500 if he wants a sportbike. Or if he can find an old FZR400 or Bandit 400.

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He should just jump right up to a hayabusa

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Honda shadow vlx 650 is pretty low in seat height. Find him a store that carries LOTS of used bikes and let him straddle 'em all day.

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Something within the 250 to 500 range. In fact LilNin (one of our esteemed members) is selling her pristine '01 Ninja EX500 which would be a wonderful starter bike.
+1 you beat me to it
the ninja 500 makes a great starter bike

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This is the perfect bike for a vertically challenged beginner:

http://www.bmwmotorcycles.com/bikes/bike.jsp?b=r1200gsa

Seriously, it depends on what they are looking for? Cruiser or sport?

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He should just jump right up to a hayabusa
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.

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Honda Rebel (27" seat height)

He can get a heavier bike after safely learning to ride.

Where did he get injured?
He's fine, physically.

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Hell, just get a Hayabusa and say a prayer before you ride it.

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He's fine, physically.
I'm sorry, without glasses I missread the subject saying shot.

Make sure he antes the bike POA!

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Go with him, lay down a gold wing. If he can pick it up, he can have a busa.

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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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Suzuki DRZ400sm with lowering links and seat shave. $120 worth of shortening mods and that would be a great bike. Not fast, but any moto is fast enough to kill yourself on, so... And they look cool!

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my 1st was a honda hawk,uummm 400,ithink,good lil starter

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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 !

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I had a 550 Zephyr once. Cheap, fun, predictable. I even taught my 5'4 g/f how to ride it.
http://www.motorcyclespecs.co.za/mod...zepher_550.htm

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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.

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