…that has you feeling like you’re falling forward… Did you try that with both feet on the pegs? Most times people will jump on a bike in the showroom and try out the handlebar position with one foot on the floor. It’s okay, I did the same thing. And like you, the only one of the “sporty” beginner-ish bikes that seemed comfortable was the GS500. But something happened on the way to the purchase that opened my eyes — I found a 600cc sport bike on a showroom floor that had a center stand. So I sat on that one, and actually got on the bike like I would IF I WERE RIDING IT. The difference was amazing. Why? Because with both feet on the pegs, you can use your core to hold you up, just like you’re supposed to when riding. Voila! That position suddenly felt comfortable.
I had figured that with my bicycle racing background that the sport bike position would be comfortable, and was initially dismayed that I didn’t find it so, until I made this epiphany. So, while you’re out looking, if the bike doesn’t have a center stand, have the dealer HOLD the bike upright so you can test it out with both feet on the pegs.
I did this for a co-worker who has been looking at bikes for MONTHS, convinced that a cruiser was his only comfortable option. After a group lunch outing, we stopped at a dealer along the way who sold Hyosung’s. I had him get on the 250 sporty, and he just shook his head. Then I held the bike up for him and told him to put both feet up. You could actually SEE the lightbulb come on over his head as he made the same discovery I did.
So don’t write off the sport bikes just yet.