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Veröffentlicht am Thu, Aug 03, 2006 08:25

I've always been a passenger and now as a single woman and no man to ride with I've decided to take things into my own hands. I love to ride and looking for new adventures so I took Motorcycle Saftey classes a couple of weekends ago and really discovered my love for being in control of my own bike. I successfully passed the class and now I have the fever to buy a bike, but what is the best one for a beginner? Any suggestions?

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Veröffentlicht am Fri, Oct 13, 2006 21:00

Personally I'd recommend you get an Ultra Classic with the big bags for them long road trips!! Take Care,Mike


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Veröffentlicht am Thu, Oct 05, 2006 17:28

I bought a decent used bike, a 95 kawasaki vulcan 750 with 7500 miles on it. I am the 4th owner, I paid 2600 for it. I have dropped it numerous times...broke windshield, clutch handle once, bent it when I got the new one on, broke the left turn signal...ok you get the picture, as a new rider...I am glad I got a used bike, I have learned to cut my wheel when I park so it doesn't roll, etc...I learned the hard way...but at least I have a bike with enough power to get me out of trouble if I got into it. I mostly dropped it when I was standing still or just starting out. Something to consider...I figure in about a year I will have enough experience riding that I can move up and actually know what will feel comfortable in a new bike. All the best...


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Veröffentlicht am Thu, Oct 05, 2006 15:44

250 Honda Rebel is the bike to go with.


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Veröffentlicht am Thu, Oct 05, 2006 15:18

Delphi forums "wwr" women who ride ask there !


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Veröffentlicht am Thu, Oct 05, 2006 15:09

hi go there biggest an longest chopper u can find, only kiddin if u want a harley go 4 the 883 or 1200 sportster then work ur way up try a wide glide if u can touch the floor(not takin the piss by the way) if u want other bike then cant help. ride safe watever u choose. T.D.


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Veröffentlicht am Thu, Oct 05, 2006 12:22

Hi...I am only 5' and I just started riding in July after taking the safety rider course. I took the course on the weekend...got my license on Monday bought my bike and Wednesday and you could hardly get me off of it after that. I had to begin my search for a bike (online) by narrowing it down by the seat height. I then went to the dealers and narrowed it down further to the Harley sportster 883 low and the Honda Shadow Aero750. I loved the fit and styling of the Aero so I bought that and I LOVE it. It is a bit heavy and thats intimidating at first...but my feet reach the ground flat footed and I can reach the controls ok except for the turn signal which is a bit of a reach since my hands are so small. I find it very comfortable. I am really glad I didnt get something else.


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Veröffentlicht am Thu, Oct 05, 2006 11:05

After reading your profile, I would recommend a Yamaha VStar-650 Custom. This bike has a seat height under 25" regardless of what their specs say. It is well balanced, very stable, large enough to ride in all scenarios and light enough to be forgiving during low speed and parking maneuvers. Its shaft drive and is a very clean looking bike. Star slow with it and practice your starts and stops a lot. Don't get the small 250cc type, they are to small and you'll will quickly want another larger bike. Just be careful, practice and don't let anyone hurry you along to much. Enjoy yourself ... and get in touch if you want to ride sometime.


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Veröffentlicht am Sat, Aug 19, 2006 09:52

I love my dyna! It was my first bike and a few people thought it would be too big for me for a first but after riding twice it was like part of me. I had to have it lowered a bit. I'm only 5'3" so it was a little high for me couldnt put my feet flat on the ground..VERY important so I had it lowered 2 inches and after that it was perfect. Good luck in your search with whatever you decide, but I am with spunky on buying a harley it will not lose value.


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Veröffentlicht am Sat, Aug 19, 2006 06:04

hello come and ride with me


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Veröffentlicht am Thu, Aug 17, 2006 20:41

A ton has already been said...I also advise you to go with a Sproty 1200 Low (lowered). As for the bargain that forien bikes represent just let me say that what you spend on an HD you will usually get back when you sell with all other bikes BIG BIG losses. Two...great gas mileage. But finally an HD is just Cool. Pardon me for adding an example or two...sorry for taking too much time...I bought a 73 sporty (1000cc) many years ago for what seemed like too much money back then ($1700), yes the roads were paved back then, and I sold it about five years ago for $2300. I also bought a Kawasaki 900 back then for about $3000 and it is now worth way less than half. Don't get me wrong, I loved my Kawi. Forien bikes are alot of bang for the buck...but the buck is gone forever. If you trade up to a big bike later, a sporty will resell for almost as much as you paid for it...think it over. Good milage, good resell and it's cool...but suit yourself...


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Veröffentlicht am Tue, Aug 15, 2006 18:41

Ride as many bikes as you can and buy the one you think you'll keep for a long time. look for the demo ride schedule. I saw a Street BOB at a Harly shop and thought it would make a great first bike for women rides. The sportee is actually harder than a low dyna or softtail.


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Veröffentlicht am Tue, Aug 15, 2006 17:51

If. . Your serious..and can afford it. go with a "Softtail Standard". Add the lowering kit. it's a little extra, but worth it. Most folks will advise you to start out small and get something bigger later. DON'T do it. buy what YOU like and want to be seen riding. "Scooters" are personal, like tatoos or a choice of car. Don't settle for something that you'll be disappointed with later.


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Veröffentlicht am Tue, Aug 15, 2006 14:33

Bobmac, I checked with some experts in the matter earlier this year, for a friend who asked me about them. He had a particular one that he was thinking of buying. They have a lot af data and info on all different bikes and bike histories. Polaris will be, or has done some redesign and I don't know the details. It's not my opinion, because I have no experience with them. A good reputation doesn't mean company will always put out a good product. Looks like a simple google turns up quite a bit regarding the ~98-02 model trans. I don't see frequency of repair though and that's what I was given. The cost is high, $3k, sometimes just because of a lack of parts. That's all I remember.


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Veröffentlicht am Tue, Aug 15, 2006 14:20

Make your local Harley dealer your last stop. There are so many better bikes out there for women riders. You need to have a proper seat height, no tippy toes. Power is relative to ability. speed? how fast are you willing to go to catch that man? Just kidding. Price should always be a consideration as well as cost of service and maintanence and accessories. Are you going to bar hop or really ride? I have met too many women that don't ride the bike of their 'dreams' because it's too big, heavy, uncomfortable, breaking down. I have had too many riders make comments about "Harley parking only" to me, so now my response is always girlies and chickies ride 883 Huggers, real woman ride everything else. Shop on your own and pick up all the brochures, read mags like "Rider", check online for owner comments. As I've stated,we are women, we have intelligence, use it. Oh, unless you are a wrench, don't buy used, you'll regret it.


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Veröffentlicht am Wed, Aug 09, 2006 04:55

I don't think it's a good idea to buy a smaller bike than you think you will wind up riding. Buy the bike you want and be very careful. Ride by yourself first, and stay in your comfort zone. Then ride with a friend who can introduce you to wider horizons, but don't pick someone who is reckless or has an attitude. Buy the best helmet you can afford, and always wear leather or mesh gear and boots. It may be cooler to ride in a tank top, shorts, and sandals, but sooner or later you WILL meet the pavement/hot exhaust/parts in motion, etc. and you will have a whole new feeling about proper gear when you do.


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Veröffentlicht am Tue, Aug 08, 2006 22:49

this may take a minute or two. first,what type of riding you want to do? round town or hiway or both. a good city bike might not work well on the superslab. i've worked in the motorcycle industry last 7 years and have helped a few get on the right bike. 250s are easy handling and not very intimadating for most beginners, but..... they can be almost dangerous on the interstate. they are too light and a big rig or crosswind can push you farther and harder than you may think which adds to the pucker factor in a bad way. if brand is not an issue look at honda vlx600, low seat good power long winded enough to ride at 70 all day. 750 shadow also works very well, same virtues but can be had sporty or classic. kawasaki's mid size vulcans have about the best bang for the buck. offerd from 750 to 900 standard or classic 800 is my pick. at any rate a good used mid-size bike is what i reccomend . it's unlikely you'll find a dealer that will let you test ride so try'em on in the showroom and find what works for you period.. all the bikes i've listed are v-twins if sport riding is what gets you check out the kawasaki 500 ninja, great fun ride. the main thing to me is that you be comfortable and confident on your new bike,cause if your not it's too distracting and your attention needs to be focused elsewhere til riding becomes second nature then you can relax just a little.lol good luck and enjoy


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Veröffentlicht am Tue, Aug 08, 2006 05:46

I too just completed the MSF course on Sunday. Sunday I went and picked up my Soft Tail Deluxe from the dealer. I was going to wait until they put the saddlebags on but I couldnt! I have had it out everyday so far and I love it! When the bags come in I will have to take it back but until then I will be ridin'.


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Veröffentlicht am Mon, Aug 07, 2006 11:56

Took the MSF class on a Buel (yikes). Bought a Yamaha Virago. It's a v-twin 250cc, 300+lb jewel. I'm not a petite flower by any stretch of the imagination. I love this bike. I'll move up when the time is right. For right now, this is the best. Good luck and always stay safe.


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Veröffentlicht am Sun, Aug 06, 2006 22:51

Try different bikes on test rides from the dealers. Any dealer that has something that would interest you. If they're Harley's keep in mind the Sportster is the tallest model and has the highest center of gravity, so when it's half way up, or down it weighs over 280lbs. Get the 1200, if you like the Sporty. That high center of gravity is, because it's intended as a sport cruiser to corner very fast and well. It has the highest lean angle of the Harley's. This bike can be lowered, but then the suspension travel suffers a lot. The lowrider is nice and torquey and handles nice, but doesn't have as much ground clearance. That's true of the other larger bikes also with the skid guard protecting the oil pan. They tend to scrape on speed bumps. That's OK, because that's what the skid plate is there for. Don't buy a Victory, the trans is NG.


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