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Hi all, I'm Jessica, 22 and I will be taking a biker's class next month. I actually just went on my first bike ride last week, but have been wanting to learn to ride for many years. I'm researching and posted to a different article under this site. I feel like i'm diving into a very deep pool, and am still unsure whether I can float or not :)
My uncle's been a long time rider, but unfortunately is unable to ride anymore, but he's giving me tidbits.
He's a harley fan, I am not. I like the streetbike look, but have come to find out people's wrists tend to hurt, and streetbikes tend to have a lesser easy ride to them.
I have a few questions though. I find that I'm am leaning towards a 250 (most likely a Honda), but money-wise I'm trying to see if it really is a good idea to not just go for a higher possibly 500-650. Weight wise, I am a hefty girl and i'm only 5'3 so does that play a factor? (I know height will, not sure about weight) I also don't really want to waste money on a machine where I will just feel the need to sell it in just a few months. And a bike that doesn't need much touching up is a must. (i am mechanically malfunctioned).
I live in Connecticut so I'm not looking for a year-round bike, and I'm not much for road tripping. I'm looking for something that's easy to handle, good brakes, won't crap out a lot or overheat, and something good for traveling around my town and other close towns, but a bike that can still keep up with highway (cars go around 80) and not worry about it making funky noises or anything on me.
If anyone could give me any clues it would be great!