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post #1 of 10 Old Oct 26th, 2011, 9:15 pm Thread Starter
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My wife's motorcycle

So after I bought my KLT we went out and picked out a yamaha star 250 for my wife to learn on We thought that this bike would be great for her and that we would upgrade next season. But no she outgrew the yamaha in 20 days yes 20 days. So Roberta and I traded in the old bike with only 435 miles on it to a Honda shadow 750. We looked at a BMW f800st but my wife is a bit on the short side even the low suspension low seat was too tall for her. So if you people out there are considering buying a small bike for someone to learn to ride a bike don't buy the 250 new or even better barrow one from someone for a month then buy the the right bike.
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post #2 of 10 Old Oct 27th, 2011, 5:16 am
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Great advice, last year my wife lasted about 2 months on her 250 Rebel. We moved her up to a 950 VStar tourer and she still loves it.
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post #3 of 10 Old Oct 28th, 2011, 7:30 am
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There's a flip side to this story.... I had a co-worker who wanted to start to ride because her husband was riding. Both took the MSF class together, but they only bought one bike. After a couple of weeks, she too wanted her own bike. Many people told her she'd quickly out grow a small bike, so she went big. Too big. Rounding a turn at about 35 mph, she impacted a metal guard rail. Her lower leg was caught between the bike and the rail and her body was on the other side. It wasn't pretty, 2.5 years later she's well on her to recovery but there's a lot of things she never be able to do again. The moral of the story is buy what's right for you, the rider. And yes, buying used can really take the sting out of having to trade up in a few months time. You did the right thing!
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After ridding two up for a couple of years my wife decided to try her own bike, we got her a 250 rebel and she took a stars class. She rode the rebel for two years and about 1200 miles before she felt she wanted to step up. We then went test ridding different bikes which was a really good experience for her. She got to ride several bikes Honda,Yamaha,Suzuki, Kawasaki 500 to 750 she felt best on a vulcan 500. She doesn't ride a lot but she feels it is the right bike for her. She may step up one more time but the main thing is I want her to feel comfortable, secure and safe, that is what worked for us. To each thier own. Ride safe Ron

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At the coffee meet after my Advanced Rider Course on the LT, W talked to one of the couples, and found that the woman had started riding because she 'got tired of looking at the back of his head'. So W took the BRC, got her license, we also found a 250 Yamaha.

She never got comfortable on the Yammy. Enter the Can-Am Spyder. W is in love! Best part is I got to do most of the farkleization of the Spyder - McCruise, grips, shield upgrade (x2), seat, Givi bags, etc, etc.

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My wife hasn't been on her 750 much due to the weather but she likes her new bike much better. I'm going to put new tires and find the right saddle bags or hard cases. And a new wind shield. and so on and so on..............
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My wife started riding approximately four years ago after being my co-pilot for many years. She started on a Vespa 125 scooter. After a few months of that she, well we took the MSF beginners course together. (she refused unless I did it too). Two weeks after the course we picked up an 800cc Suzuki boulevard. She finished the riding season and started the next on it. After 18 months experience she upgraded to a 2010 Victory Vegas. She rode that through the 2010 season and until September of this year. This summer we took a 3 week trip from PA through the Michigan UP over to Sturgis for the ralley. She did 5300 miles on that trip and decided the Vegas was not a touring bike.(I told her) Last month she decided she loved the Victory Cross County after a demo ride. So now she has a really nice Blue Victory Cross Country.

Together we practice riding as much as possible. I have never pushed her to ride harder or faster. I also installed Scala G4 communication systems. She felt that really helped being able to talk to me and me being able to give her pointer and things to keep on eye out for while riding. We never ride with out them.

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I will post pics next time we have the bikes out. We did go for a nice ride yesterday and put about 200 miles on the bikes. It was our first ride since Roberta got her shadow so it was really nice being able to cruise 70 mph instead of 45 lol. Her bike came with an aftermarket cruise control aka throttle lock. Well after about 125 miles in she told me that the cc keeps sticking and could not get it to release so I removed the unit on the road and threw it out when we got home! We also bought a 7x12 inclosed trailer for our business but will work great for getting away from winter with the motorcycles. We are looking for a great area to ride in feb. For a week or so? We were thinking maybe Arkansas Hot Springs area. How's the weather and riding in feb?
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I trained Motor Cops for 8 years. Most had zero experience on motorcycles prior to their training. They all started and finished on R1200RTP's. 10 hours a day training for 2-3 weeks makes you familier with your ride very fast. When my wife wanted her own motor after being my tailgunner for years, I trained her on a 86 Yamaha, a motor that if dropped wouldn't flush the bank account and the prospect of dropping the bike did not bother her and did not effect her training. Once some saddle time was accomplished, she too completed a beginners MSF class and finish first in the class of 12. I'm a firm believer in the PPPPPP. Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance. Training is everything!!! A rider must be comfortable on the motor they are riding. But the rider controls the motor not the otherway around. My wife rides an 07 Burgman 650. Wow, what a ride and perfect for her. She loves it!

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I trained Motor Cops for 8 years. Most had zero experience on motorcycles prior to their training. They all started and finished on R1200RTP's. 10 hours a day training for 2-3 weeks makes you familier with your ride very fast. When my wife wanted her own motor after being my tailgunner for years, I trained her on a 86 Yamaha, a motor that if dropped wouldn't flush the bank account and the prospect of dropping the bike did not bother her and did not effect her training. Once some saddle time was accomplished, she too completed a beginners MSF class and finish first in the class of 12. I'm a firm believer in the PPPPPP. Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance. Training is everything!!! A rider must be comfortable on the motor they are riding. But the rider controls the motor not the otherway around. My wife rides an 07 Burgman 650. Wow, what a ride and perfect for her. She loves it!
The Burgee 650 was my very first scoot, Big E! I regret selling it. Still my fav.

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