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Old 09-07-2008, 10:08 PM   #1
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I'm seventeen and interested in purchasing a motorcycle, but I'm having trouble looking for a street bike that I can handle- I'm 110 lbs. and 5'3. I'm really interested in the Kawasake 250 Ninja, but I tried out a friend's and felt that I'm not quite heavy or tall enough to safely use the bike.

Is there a bike out there for short women, or is there anything I can do to build up strength to be able to ride one comfortably?

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Old 09-08-2008, 07:40 AM   #2
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I'd say the 250 Ninja would be about your best bet, it's normal to be a little nervous starting out. Maybe if you practiced a little more you'd get used to it..
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Old 09-08-2008, 08:06 AM   #3
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The Ninja250 can be lowered pretty easily. An inch can make all the difference in the world. Rotating the handlebar back a bit can help too.
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Old 09-08-2008, 08:26 AM   #4
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Magnolia,

Sachi will weigh in here in a bit. She is our 'less-tall, female' demographic representative.

There are rumors that Sachi and Longride are actually the same person, except that LR is ostensibly about two of Sachi in size, but equally ornery.

No one has ever seen both of them at the same time...
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Old 09-08-2008, 08:38 AM   #5
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Honey, 5'3" and 110 is not *that* small. There are plenty of bikes that a woman your size could safely ride, and the little Ninja is one of them. However, at this point, because you're not comfortable with the idea of riding the Ninja, I recommend that you find something that you feel better on as a first bike. Check out the 250 cc Honda Nighthawk and Rebel, and Yamaha also makes a 250 cc cruiser.

Also, take the Motorcycle Safety Foundation beginning rider's course. That will give you the information you need to start riding, and you'll also get some practice on a small bike (125 cc or 250 cc.) Make sure you get good gear, either leather or armored mesh depending on your climate, as well as a full-face helmet, leather gloves, and boots. Riding entails risk, but good gear, knowledge. and practice are the best tools for reducing that risk.
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Old 09-08-2008, 09:16 AM   #6
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If you just want two wheels and aren't commited to the whole looks thing check this: scooters

If you get the 150 you should be able to hold 55mph easy. Just a thought for the vertically challanged.
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Old 09-08-2008, 09:57 AM   #7
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There are rumors that Sachi and Longride are actually the same person, except that LR is ostensibly about two of Sachi in size, but equally ornery.

No one has ever seen both of them at the same time...
So what he/she is a shape shifting thing?


I feel that i've missed something here.
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Old 09-08-2008, 10:03 AM   #8
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My wife is 5'2 and rides a Yamaha125 scooter. You might just pick up one of them and get some experience before deciding what you really want.
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Old 09-08-2008, 11:04 AM   #9
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Hey, if I'm twice the size then I'm half as ornery per pound! At least I got that going for me!
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Ornery? ME??

Pish tush.
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