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Old 04-13-2007, 09:18 AM   #11
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Kawasaki, Hyosung, Kymco, Yamaha, Honda and Jonny Pag all make low cc bikes that are more than suitable for the beginner. Kymco is Korean not huge in the country- but they make real good scooters, so I believe that the 250 motorcycle will probably have decent build quality. Jonny Pag is US built with 2 year Waranty and come in 250 and 300 cc models. They only run about $4K new and the dealer network is growing weekly. The Hyosung can be had in Cruiser or "little" sportbike styles, work great and come with two year Warranty, as well. The well known brands bring easy resale because of who they are. Are they better? Depends on how you look at it, but the other guys are at least equal in quality now.
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Old 04-13-2007, 09:58 AM   #12
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Well, I was going to suggest a ZX-14, but you made me reconsider.



I'll go with a PC800, Alex!
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Old 04-13-2007, 10:08 AM   #13
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If SHE is really serious (and not just doing it for you) about learning to ride, I'd recommend one of two approaches:



Buy her a used 250 or 500 Ninja or Rebel or the like, whichever she finds "cuter". Once she learns the dynamics of riding, she'll either decide she doesn't want to pursue the effort, or she'll want more, bigger, faster. Also, she can decide what she likes and dislikes about the cheap bike. Makes shopping for the next one easier.



OR, get her a bike like the SV650 or S, or one of the other makes like it. It will have the same learning curve (except I think they are harder to stall, which is a great thing), and the bike has the performance to keep up with her learning curve for a good while. There are a bunch of used SV's out there, too.



Whichever bike you decide to get her, try to buy one that is popular, so you can sell it if you need to. There are a lot of very good bikes out there that no one wants.



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Old 04-13-2007, 10:09 AM   #14
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My wife took the course, got her license and a decent bike, wasn't scared about riding at all, to the point where I thought she needed to be a bit more scared, but was basically uninterested. She never rode.
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Old 04-13-2007, 10:14 AM   #15
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The Virago 250 is a cool little bike. Pretty quick too.



A 650 is too big for a starter bike, no matter how inexpensive.



In fact, you might consider something even smaller/less intimidating than the Virago, like a 125.
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Old 04-13-2007, 10:19 AM   #16
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Those super scooters are (burgman, majesty, silver wing etc.) are great starter bikes that don't get old too soon. CVT, so no shifting, good weather protection, low seat height, enough power for interstate touring at any speed you want to travel at, built in storage compartments that can hold a weeks groceries, if you squint they look like a new gold wing, especially from the front.
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Old 04-13-2007, 10:56 AM   #17
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Just go to Google and type "review Suzuki S40" and you'll see plenty of reviews for the S40.



My wife learned on a Virago 250 before upgrading about 6 months later. She loved it, except for freeway driving. I took it for a few spins around town and it's a fun little bike.



That said, a 250 is really too small to enjoy past a year, so opting for a 400cc+ bike regardless of the # of cylinders is a better long-term option.



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Old 04-13-2007, 11:53 AM   #18
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Also check out the buell blast.
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Old 04-13-2007, 12:05 PM   #19
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Boss Hoss. The 502cid one. Because you'll just outgrow the 350cid model in six months.
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Old 04-13-2007, 12:31 PM   #20
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I bought a Suzuki S40 (Savage) in '97. It was great in the city, but vibrated a lot at higher speeds. I think it's a great first bike. I live in Canada, and my daughter just took her safety course. She will probably buy a Honda CBR125RR, currently not available in the States, but a perfect first bike, as it handles really well and looks really cool. One of the "super scooters" would also be a great choice, especially if she wants to ride in all types of weather.
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