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Some girls I work with want to learn to ride, What bike do you guys think is the best to teach them on. I have a R-1 and im not going to let them ride it

 

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ZX12 mabye? Goldwing?

try a Ninja 250. Or a small criuser. There are several 250 cruisers out, as well as at least one 125 criuser. Low seat hight, light, responsive, unintimadating(sp?)

Then again what the hell do I know?
 

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An older 600 such as an F2, F3, FZR might as long as the girl/woman/person/human/whatever is tall enough to feel comfortable on them. I think cruisers are less intimadating when your on a bike for the first time.
 

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A hayabusa or gsxr-1000 are two of the best beginners bikes out there................why hell i have heard that they are practically impossible to throw down the road. Also i have heard the R-1's are a docile way to go. You friend should be well on their way to mastering the art of cycling on any of the above machines.


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Im asking the ladies what they learned on, I learned on a drit bike and then moved up to street bikes.

 

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Ok were talking ladies here, we are small and we need a samll bike to learn on. If their mammoth girls them hell go for the 600!

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My first ever bike was a new 1989 CBR 600, great bike and easy to learn on. My second bike, which I just bought, is a 2002 R6 and the power difference is HUGE!!!!! I had to really beg for power on the CBR (maybe because it was a honda/images/icons/wink.gifJ/K) but the Yamaha is very aggressive. I would recommend a 250 Ninja or an OLDER 600. Just my 2 cents worth.

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Being comfortable on the bike is very important. i started on the 250 Ninja because of shortness and its great as a beginner in learning how bikes handle in general and they are cheap.. the Ninja 500 is also a good starter. If she is taller she may be able to handle something like any used 600's zx6e or sv650. (some older 600's may be too heavy to learn at first) but then she wouldnt have to worry about upgrading so soon.

cruisers are a diff style of riding. and if she wants to eventually ride a sportbike, they may not help in understanding the center of gravity and leaning differences.

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I took the MSF course before I chose the right bike for me! I got the feel for the 250 we used in the MSF and decided it was not the right bike for me! So when I got my bike I got the TT 600 by Triumph! I now feel after almost 2 years comfortable enoughgoing to a GSXR750 or a 954.

I use to work in a dealrship and a lot of the women chose a 600. The largest selling 600 that we sold was the SV650. It is a real great bike for a beginner and cheap all the way around as well as reliable! Then when the feel comfortable enough they can always trade it in or sell it for a new sportbike!

It all depends on the person though! Just remember that when you go look for bikes its hard to sit on it not ever having ridden before that the concept of you weight of the bike goes all on the tires once you start to move! Once I realized that I shopped for bike totally differant!
 

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I would agree with Nottobrite...The older f2 f3 or the like 600s would be a great learning bike for almost any one larger than say bout 100-110 Lbs.
 

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My g/f learned on an SV-650. In retrospect, we both think she would have done a little better on an inline 4. Not that she did bad, it's just that the four is a little smoother. I think the suggestions for an older F2, or F3 are fantastic. Here's another suggestion. For the first few days in the parking lot, take off the plastics. No sense in scratching them up if the bike decides to take a tumble. Oh, and as always, take the MSF Course. 'nuff said.

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I rode dirtbikes all my life growing up on a farm and all, Then I bought a 1984 750 katania, it was slow but a good learner bike then I up graded to a 1985 GSXR 750{not much of an upgrade} but the power increase was amazing. Its a real light bike and short in the saddle, it would be a great learner bike, you just have to learn to respect it real quick. cause its real hairy
 

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im in the process of trying to find a bike for a girl who wants to ride. She tried my buddies fz 750 (big mistake) way too big. i think she would do good on a ninja 250 or an ex 500 but like any girl they don't look pretty enough. so now i think im gonna recomend an fzr400 they look good and are exactly the right hight. only 1 problem- there are hardly any around.

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I'd definitely say to go for the Ninja 250/500, Honda Hawk or CB-1 if you can find either... A cruiser is really the better bike to learn on, but if they must have a sportbike those are the best choices... Katatak started on the Ninja 250 and she is going to move up to my CB-1 this year, next year we are going to look to possible a 600 or larger bike...

 

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Guys do remember that if you do buy a 250 or any 500 most girls get real bored with them real quick! Wht pay all that money to have it for less then a year!
 

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Call me crazy but I knew I would not be happy with a little 250. I took the Motorcycle Safety Course and two weeks later I bought my Ducati 748. All the guys that ride my bike say that it handles better than theirs. I would never go to a bike without a sterring dampner. The first weekend I had her was tiring but I never really had and big problems. If you ladies can afford it, buy the bike with the safety features already there and be happy and proud of your purchase. I have never regreted my decision.


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I went to the dealer today and looked at some, I looked and the Ninja 250 and 500. I think she will do good on a ZX6R. It might be a little to much at frist but im going to do some mods and de tune it alittle at frist, Thank everone for your inputs and I will let you all know how it goes.


 
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