Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: mount airy (mayberry), NC,
What about an older F650 or the new F800s for a Rider101 bike? Just a thought. With a good beginning rider, that would be a bike to grow with. Should be good for many years, as opposed to something that could be ridden a year or two and then be looking for upgrade.
Other non BMW choices end up being cruisers often. Many good choices out there, the 600 Shadow being my favorite cruiser. Others would include the likes of SV650, 650 Vstrom for the long of leg, the new Kawasaki Versys 650, others in that class, too, even up to the Honda Interceptor. The 250 Ninja has been restyled to look more like a modern sportbike and would make a fun bike for about anyone.
I'm content with my SO riding on back, except it would be easier to take kids if she rode her own.