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Old 02-23-2013, 01:37 PM   #41
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Re: WTB - Starter Bike for short person - Austin area

Welcome to the forum, mllemuscle! Depending on your inseam, ignore the suggestions of the Ninja 250, unless lowered. The redesigned tank styling made the fit of the bike uncomfortable for anyone under 5'3" or so, or with a proportionate inseam. I am 5' even and when I sat on the new 250, I could not flat-foot the bike AND hold the grips. That's a problem. The same situation for the 500. I just recently sold my 08 Yamaha V-Star 650 Silverado. I could not find another bike that fit just as well as that one. If you are not opposed to cruisers (don't listen to your ol' man! ), that would be a great bike to start with. It's totally dependable, comfortable, and easy to maneuver.
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Old 02-23-2013, 03:23 PM   #42
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Re: WTB - Starter Bike for short person - Austin area

I got the perfect canidate.

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Old 02-23-2013, 04:15 PM   #43
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I clicked on the link and got a notice that the site wasn't working.

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Old 02-23-2013, 05:48 PM   #44
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Re: WTB - Starter Bike for short person - Austin area

Here ya go. Other link was through my CL account.

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Old 02-23-2013, 06:54 PM   #45
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Here ya go. Other link was through my CL account.

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That got the job done!

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Old 02-23-2013, 09:13 PM   #46
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Re: WTB - Starter Bike for short person - Austin area

Thanks for all the help guys! Apparently this thread has garnered more attention than my dad's trip reports and some of his jealousy. The main obstacle I'm running into is my price range. I've been informed that people spend as much money on their motorcycles as they do on their cars, and well, i bought my beloved, now deceased Toyota for $1500. And she lasted another 6 years and 100,000 miles. I'm willing to spend a little more this time around, but am topping out at the $2500 range. There are some really sexy bikes being posted, I just want to work my way up the price range slowly.
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Old 02-23-2013, 09:19 PM   #47
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StarSapphire - thanks so much for your input! It's nice to get real world information regarding seat heights. I look forward to having a much more comfortable ride!
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Old 02-23-2013, 09:28 PM   #48
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Re: WTB - Starter Bike for short person - Austin area

That price range then a ninja 250 (old or new) or an SV650. Wish they would bring 400's here.

Also wear boots while riding. Its amazing the difference they give you on being to flat foot than wearing tennis shoes. My vfr's seat is kinda wide so it spreads my legs out a bit. I can flat foot no problem with boots, but have to force it with tennys. Im 5' 6".
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Old 02-23-2013, 09:32 PM   #49
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Welcome to riding in general, and TWT in specific. I don't have anything that would fit you, at 6'1" my bikes are a little higher or I'd offer to let you try them on for size.

I'll chime in with those suggesting a MSF basic rider course. Excellent way to learn how to control a motorcycle in a controlled environment.

I have a female acquaintance who only had a bike for years, it's doable. In my opinion look for a bike you can flat foot at a stop, so you're probably going to end up on a cruiser depending on your inseam. I started off on a Honda VLX, fun little commuter that I would suggest you check out to see if it fits you. A little more power than the 250cc cruisers which make short stints on the highway less stressful.
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Old 02-24-2013, 12:26 PM   #50
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Re: WTB - Starter Bike for short person - Austin area

Perfect for you, and only 2200 miles, what a deal!

http://austin.craigslist.org/mcy/3640233864.html
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Old 02-24-2013, 12:37 PM   #51
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If you purchase a low milage used bike leave a few hundred in your budget for new tires. No one should run 4+ year old tires on a motorcycle at high speeds.
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Old 02-24-2013, 01:24 PM   #52
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Perfect for you, and only 2200 miles, what a deal!

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Old 02-24-2013, 01:59 PM   #53
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Re: WTB - Starter Bike for short person - Austin area

I never could get over how ugly the 500's are.

I agree on new tires if theyve not been replaced ESPECIALLY if theyre stock tires. Kawasaki put some terrible tires on the older model 250's (not sure on 500's). They were ok for straight lines but sucked bad when actually cornering. When I replaced mine with some pirreli tires made a world difference. I could actually lean while cornering and not feel the bike slide out from me.
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Old 02-24-2013, 05:03 PM   #54
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PM Rman of 237. He has a DR200 with something like 300 miles on it. Clean, runs well. It could end up being my wife's starter bike if you don't get it.


BTW, motorcycling is like mountian climbing or ocean sailing, safe but sometimes terribly unforgiving of small mistakes. Take you time, wear your gear and you'll be fine.

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Old 02-24-2013, 05:06 PM   #55
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Check this out:

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Old 02-24-2013, 07:45 PM   #56
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If you decide to go cruiser I was talking to one of the guys at work who's thinking of selling his Kawasaki Vulcan 800. I can give particulars if you want them.

Seat height is 29", and dry weight 496lbs and it makes 55hp. Might be heavier than you want, or might be just right. Plus side, it can definitely do highways without a problem, which can be a stretch with the 250cc bikes.
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Old 02-25-2013, 12:44 PM   #57
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I agree with Meriden. Motorcycling can be very unforgiving and the larger/heavier the bike and the smoother the ride the less forgiving it gets. Were I in your shoes I would stick to a bike that gives you good visibility to see and to be seen. A 200C dual sport like Meriden mentions is good. The Honda CRF230 is another one. You want a bike that gets you into as upright and tall as possible position while still maintaining the ability to put your feet down. Especially if you don't plan on blasting down interstates for hours or congested state highways, the maneuverability offered by a small dual sport could literally save your skin if not your life.

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PM Rman of 237. He has a DR200 with something like 300 miles on it. Clean, runs well. It could end up being my wife's starter bike if you don't get it.


BTW, motorcycling is like mountian climbing or ocean sailing, safe but sometimes terribly unforgiving of small mistakes. Take you time, wear your gear and you'll be fine.

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After a few years on a small dual sport then consider a larger displacement bike. A used dual sport well maintained holds value very well.
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Old 02-26-2013, 02:07 PM   #58
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Welcome from another shorty . I also get cold very easily. If you end up riding a lot, heated gloves will make a miserable commute into a nearly enjoyable one.

Also, I started out on a stock - suspended ninja 250. Flat footed that thing with bended knee, and I could pick it up after dumping it, too. A very forgiving bike that I am very glad to have learned on.

Good luck finding your first ride, and these folks are not exaggerating when they say riding/commuting can be bad. Some days you'll have a brush or close call, and that can be very harrowing.


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Old 02-26-2013, 07:33 PM   #59
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Oh, and Frogg Toggs for rain protection keeping dry(er) on those rainy commutes. Best rain protection I've ever worn, and I've tried plenty.
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Candidates?

http://sanantonio.craigslist.org/mcy/3575438811.html

http://sanantonio.craigslist.org/mcy/3624219814.html


Information can be found here:

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