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Old 09-25-2010, 06:35 AM   #1
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Hi Everyone,
I've just started riding, and joined this forum because I'm not finding what I need on the Net. I'm completely new at this, so if I do something wrong, please correct me - nicely would be good.
I'm short (1.59m), with an inner seam of 24 inches when barefoot. And most of the bikes with a low-ish seat height seem to be 600cc and up, which is way too much for a beginner.
I did my first lessons on a pit bike, which was the only bike the school had that I could touch the ground on.
I'm intending on riding tarred roads only, daily commute to works and Sunday runs. I'm not a speed freak, so I'd be fine with something not too big and not too fast.
Can anyone suggest something small, low and light for me to start with?
Or any suggestions other than putting my legs in a machine to stretch them?
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Old 09-25-2010, 07:18 AM   #2
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Suzuki GZ250 is about the lowest bike.
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Old 09-25-2010, 11:34 AM   #3
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Thanks! I checked out the specs for the GZ250, and it looks like what I can handle.
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Old 09-25-2010, 12:56 PM   #4
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And a good pair of boots can give you another 1 - 1-1/2 inches that will help, espceially backing.
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Old 09-26-2010, 09:25 AM   #5
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Thanks about the boots - good point.
I have an option to buy a Yamaha SR185 1985 model - any comments from anyone? I haven't seen it yet, but I'd like to know whether it's worthwhile?
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Old 09-26-2010, 07:27 PM   #6
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I am 5'2 and i ride a Honda Rebel 250 i can flatfoot it and it is no problem on the weight, like my friend tells me weight is no problem your not going to carry the bike you are going to ride it
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Old 09-26-2010, 07:38 PM   #7
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SheilaR,

The Sportster Low has a very low seat, as well.

Unless you have a mechanic near and dear, I'd stay away from a 25 year old 185. That, and the bike would be a bit stressed on the highway.
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Old 09-27-2010, 10:09 AM   #8
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Thanks everyone, this helps a lot.
Anny, I might not be carrying the bike, but as a newbie I'm probably going to drop it a few times, and I'll feel a real twit if I have to ask a guy to help me pick it up every time! The Honda Rebel looks good too, I'll keep my eye out for one.
I'm going to skip the 185 - there are quite a few newer (2002 being the oldest) second hand bikes for the same price.
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Old 09-27-2010, 10:21 AM   #9
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Any comments on a Kymco Zing 125 (2002 model)?
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Old 09-27-2010, 10:30 AM   #10
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Kymco makes pretty reliable stuff. Also look at a used Yamaha Virago 250. They built these things starting in the 1990s right up to the last year or so. In Europe xv250 would be the model number I think. They are build like tanks. Nearly indestructible.
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