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Against my better judgement, my 55 year old sister wants to take up motorcycling. She has enrolled in an MSF class and appears to be very earnest in her desire to ride. She has never been on a motorcycle before. Although, I have repeatedly discussed that I didn't think this would be a good pursuit for her to start, I did pledge that I would do everything in my power to teach her, help her, and try to keep her as safe as possible. With that being said, she is going to want my opinion as to which bike to purchase. She is 5' 6" and 120 lbs. She is very fit. Her desire is to tour more than local riding. She will not use the bike for commuting. Any ideas on which bikes I should check out for her ? They don't necessarily have to be BMW's. Any insight would be appreciated.

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I think this is a quest she will have to decide, otherwise, no telling what may happen. Many of my female students want what their friend has. My recomendation is a 550 to 650 cc bike, used, so that she can manhandle the bike, ie (Pick it up when she drops it) used, so little money is involved in a total loss.

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Hi All,

Against my better judgement, my 55 year old sister wants to take up motorcycling. She has enrolled in an MSF class and appears to be very earnest in her desire to ride. She has never been on a motorcycle before. Although, I have repeatedly discussed that I didn't think this would be a good pursuit for her to start, I did pledge that I would do everything in my power to teach her, help her, and try to keep her as safe as possible. With that being said, she is going to want my opinion as to which bike to purchase. She is 5' 6" and 120 lbs. She is very fit. Her desire is to tour more than local riding. She will not use the bike for commuting. Any ideas on which bikes I should check out for her ? They don't necessarily have to be BMW's. Any insight would be appreciated.

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Could you elaborate on why you were trying to dissuade her? Is she accident prone? Does she have adult ADD? Does she drive aggressively or exhibit road rage? Is she an adrenalin junkie and believes she is unbreakable?

Realizing there are certain personalities that probably shouldn't be on a bike, but by and large, motorcycling does not require any special abilities or skills that can't be learned and developed. True, there are some that take to it more naturally than others, but with proper attitude and training, almost anyone can ride a motorcycle.

That being said, a good touring bike doesn't have to be an LT. There are folks that tour across the country on Burgman scooters. Her first bike likely won't do everything she thinks she wants to do with a motorcycle. In fact, what she thinks she wants to do with a motorcycle will likely change after she starts riding. I know it did for me.

If she needs a true starter bike, stick with the 250s. Small and light, but can keep it interesting if ridden skillfully. The Kaw Ninja 250 was finally redone last year and is quite the looker. Zook has a new TU250X that has a retro UJM look to it.

If you think she can graduate directly to a larger bike, look at mid-size bikes. The current crop of 600/650s: Kaw ER-6n/Versys, Bandit 600, Yam FZ6R, V-Strom 650 and SV650 are all very capable and comfortable standards. BMW has excellent smaller bikes, the F650 and F800.
If she is considering a cruiser, then look in the 900-1300cc range of V-twins for touring. Any of the major Japanese brands will be rock solid dependable. One advantage the cruisers have over the standards is many are now belt or shaft drive vs chain for lower maintenance. This can make touring a lot more enjoyable.

Almost any of these will need aftermarket luggage fitted to them for touring duty. But the options are vast.

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If she has any trouble with shifting (either because of ability or health) I would recommend one of the Honda or Suzuki 600cc (aprox.) scooters. They are big enough to cruise and have anti-lock brakes. Anti-locks to me are one of the best ideas for bikes and new riders. Learning to not lock up the rear and having the bike high-side are the cause of to many accidents for new riders. If she can handle the whole shifting thing then I would go for the BMW 650 or 800 for the same reason. If money is an issue and anti-lock brakes aren't important I don't see how you can go wrong with an older airhead.
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Kawasaki Versys. Light enough to start on and enough power to travel on

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JMHO; but I wouldn't teach her myself. Have her attend one of the MSF or Riders Edge or National Safety Foundation courses. Most people learn better from trained teachers (as opposed to riders). In addition, she wouldn't have the stress of trying to impress her brother. As to her age, I didn't start riding until I was 64. Age is no big deal if you have the health, strength and attitude. You already said she was in good shape so if the attitude is ok and the health is ok, no sweat. My first bike was a used 2004 Suzuki Volusia. It's not a true touring bike; but it's a great first bike (after the 250cc training in class) and I've taken 1,000 mile trips on it. Now it's mostly my local bike because I have a true touring bike; but I wouldn't hesitate to take it x-country.
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I agree with getting a Suzuki Bergman scooter or something simular She can tour on a 500 cc or bigger scooter and not have to think about shifting.

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Suzuki SV650, BMW G650GS, Kawasaki 650 range (Versys, ER, etc.).

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Let her take the class before any decisions about motorcycles or even riding is made. Many students decide after taking the class and being more aware of the risks and effort that it is just not their thing. Of course if she takes it and passes, you are in a good position to give her advice and guidance.

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The basic MSF course qualifies one to ride a 250 cc Honda Nighthawk around an empty parking lot. If she remembers that, she will be fine.

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In the same boat here with my daughter. She wants to ride, and thinks that she can just start with a K1300S!

The Nighthawk 250 or Ninja 250 is what I'll start her on. They are easy to learn on (forgiving), you can get one relatively inexpensively, and then you can sell them for just about what you paid once the new rider is ready to graduate to a larger machine.

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I would not start her on anything bigger than 250 for maybe a year... Then she will be in the best position to decide what she wants to graduate to. Another path is for her to start on off-road bikes for a period of time. Fun and a great way to get a sense...

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The Nighthawk 250 or Ninja 250 is what I'll start her on. They are easy to learn on (forgiving), you can get one relatively inexpensively, and then you can sell them for just about what you paid once the new rider is ready to graduate to a larger machine.

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I agree totally. Let her take the BRC. Then start her on a USED Ninja 250...
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Then SHE should decide on her next ride...

I like others here belive this will give her the best new biker experience she can have.
You can give her advanced pointers after the BRC. But let her start witht that...
Don't send her off with any pre-conceptions of what she needs to learn.

And tell her to have fun....

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Thanks for all the great replies. I appreciate it. She is taking the MSF course before she does any riding / training with me. To clear up some of my concerns, she is not prone to road rage, she doesn't have ADD, she isn't an adrenaline junkie and she's far from unbreakable. The reasons why I was trying to disuade her from getting her license has mostly to do with her age. I know, flame me now, but I grew up riding. To me, and I'm now 48 (Boy, do I hate admitting that), riding a motorcycle is like second nature. I've always done it, so it comes very naturally to me. For someone (And yes, I think it's even worse for a woman), at 55 years of age, learning to ride is going to be dangerous. Not impossible, but difficult, in my opinion. So much of riding technique is counterintuitive. A mistake, at speed, on a motorcycle can be deadly.

So, that's most of the reason I was against her doing this. She's my sister and I love her. I don't want her to get hurt. Unfortunately, I think the biggest reason she's doing this is because she sees how much it means to me. I've been to some amazing places and seen amazing things while on bike trips. As she puts it, she wants to dance that dance.

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+1 on a 250 rice rocket OR 250 scooter. The Burgee 650 scoot weighs in at OVER 600 pounds--making it too heavy for a brand new rider. (Don't ask me how I know )

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I would start her on a 250 for a season then move up to a 500/650.
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My mom (60) was very reluctant of letting me (36) get a m/c license years ago. I did it anyway. Never regretted it. After she got on the back of my Honda PC800, she absolutely loved motorcycling!! She told me she never knew it was THAT good. So I gave my her the chance to get her motorcycle license herself. She got her license January 2009, and I got her a Honda NTV 600 Revere. Only 450lbs, very easy to handle, forgives mistakes. She loves it.
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I agree with the idea of something used, small (say, 250cc) and reasonably light weight. If it has a protective rollbar, so much the better. Your sister can get used to it first, get her license with it, and then sell it for nearly what she paid for it. Consider it a "rental" with no time or mileage limit.

Make sure it is in excellent working condition. Consider replacing the tires if they are old or worn. I would also think about replacing the fluids, unless the previous owner has detailed records.

Be sure to budget for all the proper safety gear too - boots, pants, jacket, gloves, and helmet. Hi-viz?
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How about a F650CS ? Well farkeled for touring , she could go any were in the world she wanted to go . The F650CS is probably a better fit for her than a F650GS , and it has a drive belt for a lot less maintenance work .

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Okay here is what I would tell anyone over 45 - 50 if they want to learn to ride for their very first time. GET A SCHWINN!!!! IFFF you can ride that proficiently, then you can sign up for the BRC or equivalent. And 45 - 50 is a young age on that. BUT..... when you see what we see sometimes on the range....

My point is, can a person manage the basic balance? Can they countersteer? Yes you do this on a bicycle. CAn they maneuver the bicycle competently? Can they do so while looking UP? And so on. Can they build up some speed confortably? IF not, then they need to learn the bicycle skills before even considering a motorcycle.

Then let the coaches at the BRC handle it.

And I'm loving the look of the new Zuki TU250. I'd love to have a barn full of those at my BRC site

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My friend and favorite riding partner, Nancy, started out on a Kawasaki 250 Ninja. She LOVED it. Rode it for two seasons, then sold it to my niece. Now, my niece absolutely loves that bike and is finding it difficult to replace it with anything she likes more. Meanwhile, Nancy replaced that 250 with a Kaw 600ZZR. After 2 seasons she has sold that bike and wants to go back to the 250!

Also, if y'all think that the Kaw 250 is only a good starter bike, you'd be wrong. It makes for a VERY capable tourer (especially for a 120-pound female). Just watch the Iron Butt rally every year. Typically, there's always one or two of them in there.
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I fully agree with your concerns and also agree with the treads about a smaller bike-250cc. When I was a teenager in Europe, I toured on a 125cc, a 250 cc will do fine. What you should concentrate on is to teach her defensive biking. Many experienced bikers are getting killed every day.
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Are you serious about the jacket ???? That would be wonderful. I'll PM you my work address (Which is where I am almost 24 / 7). Really really generous offer. If it doesn't fit her, I will send it back at my cost. On a separate note, I scan the other web sites pertaining to BMWs. And they all are good and good fun. But, the people on this site are special and this is the only site I actively participate with. You guys never let me down. Thank you all.

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I agree, very easy to ride. I had one and let several beginners use it and they did just fine. Great bike bike for leisurely one up touring.

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My friend and favorite riding partner, Nancy, started out on a Kawasaki 250 Ninja. She LOVED it. Rode it for two seasons, then sold it to my niece. Now, my niece absolutely loves that bike and is finding it difficult to replace it with anything she likes more. Meanwhile, Nancy replaced that 250 with a Kaw 600ZZR. After 2 seasons she has sold that bike and wants to go back to the 250!

Also, if y'all think that the Kaw 250 is only a good starter bike, you'd be wrong. It makes for a VERY capable tourer (especially for a 120-pound female). Just watch the Iron Butt rally every year. Typically, there's always one or two of them in there.
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It will depend on what style of bike SHE wants to ride. Start her on a Ninja 250 to learn how a bike feels then when she can handle that & is bored with it's lack of power. She could move up to a Ducati 695 or 696 for example.

When my niece wanted to start riding ( a shock to me ) thats the path she went. Since your sister is 5'6" she will have a alot of bikes to choose from,my niece is 5'2" so she was able to reach the ground on the Ducatis with minor lowering.

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If she's determined to ride and is really considering light duty touring, skip the 250's. Yes, it makes a good starter bike, but from the description given, she'll outgrow it very quickly but might not even realize that she has. I have a hard time imagining anything better than the F650GS (the twin) for this. I know several 50+ women who have this bike and its absolutely perfect. Its low enough to allow them on and off with no problems. Its available with plenty of luggage options for travel. Its as powerful as she'll even really need. Its light enough to handle in a parking lot. It handles twisties very well and has the "I can do it all" look and feel. It has ABS. Best of all... its actually cute.

Other bikes with similar attributes have been mentioned including the Yammy FZ6R and SV650 or the Bandit 600. I think she would find the Versey to be a bit tall, but let her try it.

One thing to also keep in mind is what she will think you're saying when you start making suggestions. If you try to keep her on a 250, she might think its an insult. Honestly, some of the responses here sound a bit insulting, even if they are well intentioned. If she's determined to do this, give her the respect of assuming the best of her own durability and resilliance. A reasonably fit 55 year old with the dimensions you mentioned with the right (positive) attitude will have no problems with a mid-sized all-around bike. Even a used 1150RT wouldn't be a bad start, but not as easy to handle in a parking lot as the others.
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Hey - my wife didn't start riding till age 64. Got tired of looking at the back of my head, and took the BRC and PASSED it! At 4'10" a challenge to find bikes she could hold up, let alone get off the stand. Started with a 250 Yammy, which she never got comfortable on. Then she took a demo ride on a CanAm Spyder - ordered one the next day. It's been part of our 'fleet' since. Nicely farkled out, she is ready for touring. Just got back from a trip to the Canadian border, including nice back roads.

On coaching her - I let the MSF guys do the teaching. I provided coaching as needed.

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One edit to my post... I just realized that I confused the Versys with the V-Strom. The Versys is very similar in size to the F650 and would likely make an excellent bike for her. Sorry 'bout that.
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My wife started on a 100cc. scooter, then went to a 250cc. Now she wants something bigger. You can never start to small.
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My daughter and I are on our way home from the MOA rally. She is riding her 250 Ninja. The bike runs fast enough to go on interstates - but we've only done 50 miles on them out of the 2000 that we've ridden so far. We've mainly ridden smaller roads as well as the Natchez Trace and the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Luggage would be something to think about since you say your sister wants to tour. I didn't have luggage that would would fit securly on the Ninja so I loaded everything on my LT. I had some soft bags that my son used but they didn't fit very well on her bike. All she has been carrying is a tank bag.

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I don't think age is really an issue - she's fit and that's what counts.

My MOM drives a 2002 BMW 530i - and she's 86 with an absolutely excellent driving record.

The ONLY accidents shes ever had have been in the driveway backing up. No kiddin'.


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post #36 of 39 Old Jul 27th, 2009, 12:29 pm Thread Starter
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Hi All,

Again, thanks for all the great replies. I appreciate it. I thought I would give everyone an update. She passed her operator's test and was very excited about it. However, the next day, she was diagnosed with a brain anyeurism. So, she put off anything to do with motorcycles until she found out, exactly, what was going on with her health. I'll tell you, the ups and downs of life never cease to amaze me. Anyway, she had a meeting with her neurologist this morning. She called me from the doctor's parking lot as soon as she got back to her car. The good news is that the anyeurism is small and encased in bone and will pose no threat to her health. So, with that out of the way, we're back on the motorcycle kick, again. I'll let everyone know what bikes we look at and what she will end up deciding on.

Thanks again for all the recommendations.

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If she is physically and mentally fit, then she should be able ride any bike that she can fit. Her desire will enable her to outgrow any small bike. I say go for a lowered R1200R!
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Great to hear everything is OK on the health front. One more reason to dance the dance while the music is still playing.

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For a starter bike, take a look at the models built by Hyosung. They sell a 250cc that looks like a much larger cruiser-style bike. With a redline on the engine somewhere in the 10,000 RPM range ( ! ) it will get up and go pretty well. One of my co-workers just bought one for his son. Throw on some saddlebags and go.

Oh, and they are dirt cheap, even new, and hold their trade-in value pretty well, should she decide to move up later.

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