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Old 11-06-2012, 11:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Good Beginner Bike for Woman

Hey my girlfriend wants to get into to riding and she's not sure which bike would be good for her. She's smaller, she's only 5'0" and 110 lbs so reach is a big concern for her. Any thoughts?
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Old 11-06-2012, 12:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If you want a HD, look at the soft tail deluxe or the dyna low rider.

You may be better served starting her on a metric bike. There are some good used 600 cc metrics that sell very reasonable.

One season to see if she likes it before dropping bigger money on a HD won't cost much. Of the metrics I personally like the Yamaha.
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Old 11-06-2012, 12:18 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Easy enough to find a cheap used bike in great shape. Once she gets comfortable riding you can upgrade. She may decide it's not for her and you can always sell the thing and not be out much. Honda VLX 600 or Yamaha V-Star 650 would be a start and under $2K.
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Agree with gijack on a metric. Don't laugh but I'd recommend a used
Honda 250 Rebel. Fairly light and low and a great bike for someone small
to learn on. Also will be easily resold.
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Old 11-06-2012, 12:39 PM   #5 (permalink)
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The Rebel would't be a bad choice, but learning to ride is not about the motorcycle, but rather the riding. Think about where and how she will ride in those first few months and make sure she is exposed to incrementally more challenging conditions. For example, my son just received his drivers license. While on his learners permit we had him do the following:

1) He went to an awesome driving school sponsored by Tire Rack that taught him how to handle a car in all circumstances
2) He drove over 4000 miles in rain, heavy rain, darkness, highway, backroads, high speed, heavy traffic, and even a little trailer towing

Whatever she rides, make sure she really learns how to ride... there are just too many people that have been riding for years and still won't touch their front brake.
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Old 11-06-2012, 12:42 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I'm recommending it depends on her abliltiy. then I would agree, that a honda, even the 750 shadow would work for a couple years.. you can pick nearly new ones up cheap..
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Old 11-06-2012, 12:48 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I'm recommending it depends on her abliltiy. then I would agree, that a honda, even the 750 shadow would work for a couple years.. you can pick nearly new ones up cheap..
I wouldn't let her get the 750. She'd probably be able to out-run your Harley, that would be embarrassing.
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I wouldn't let her get the 750. She'd probably be able to out-run your Harley, that would be embarrassing.
lol,Yeah,lol?
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This might help, The Short Bike List

http://www.nebcom.com/noemi/moto/sbl.sbl.html
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Check out the "low" Sportster. Pretty cool-looking IMHO.
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I wouldn't let her get the 750. She'd probably be able to out-run your Harley, that would be embarrassing.
Now that's just down right retarded.
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Now that's just down right retarded.
I know... but I couldn't help myself, it was just screaming to get out. Sorry -
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Old 11-06-2012, 04:26 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Agree with gijack on a metric. Don't laugh but I'd recommend a used
Honda 250 Rebel. Fairly light and low and a great bike for someone small
to learn on. Also will be easily resold.
I keep saying that too. Those Rebels are nice little bikes and great to learn on. Don't look half bad either. Cheap to fix when they get dumped (and there's a good chance it will be dumped a few times).
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When customers come intot the shop and ask me what we have that is a good beginners bike I tell them nothing. I don't recommend anything Harley makes for a true beginner. (someone who's only riding experience is or will be the MSF beginners course) I recommend a used metric until they improve their skills and confidence levels. A few customers are offended but most appreciate the honesty and come back to me when they are ready for a Harley.

One thing I get a lot and don't like to see are women looking for Harleys because their husbands or boy friends insist if they ride they ride Harleys. I try to point out the dangers of riding a bike she is not comfortable or confident on. I let them know my job ios to sell them a Harley but I would prefer she purchase a bike she can handle until her skills and confidence are where they should be to ride an 883 or larger bike. Being in this business I see it too many times where a customer bought a Harley for their first bike and within a few weeks were injured because they were not ready for a big bike. A Rebel of 600 VLX are good beginners bikes for short riders. There are others for longer legged rider to choose from but I always recommend true beginners to get a metric in the 500cc -600cc range to learn on before moving up to a Harley.
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I keep saying that too. Those Rebels are nice little bikes and great to learn on. Don't look half bad either. Cheap to fix when they get dumped (and there's a good chance it will be dumped a few times).
Also super easy to sell. Many beginners are looking for used Rebels.
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