hello, looking to get my first bike
September 10, 2009 at 4:13 am #3415
hello all. i am looking to get my first bike. i have little to no experience when riding a street bike, but i have riden dirt bikes and i have riden on the back of a couple harleys. i have no idea where to start. i am a 20 year old 5′ 8″ 190 pound girl and have no idea what kind of bike i should get. i just finished up playing a sport so i am not a wimpy girl. I want to know some good bikes that are 4,000 or under that would be good to start with. on that note, i also want to know what people think when they see a girl riding a crotch rocket lol.September 10, 2009 at 4:18 am #22271
Most of the time you can’t tell. Unless the are um……. top heavy. Other then that for me its just another full face helmet going by. Heck even these days the colors of the gear don’t mean much. Trust me, saw a dude the other day on a sport bike pimpin’ “hello Kitty” gear.
Have you taken the MSF? Read the reviews on this site? Butt tested anything?September 10, 2009 at 4:29 am #22272
lol no i haven’t i am not too “top heavy” lol but i am…. curvy… not a skinny girl ya know? haha. but i haven’t taken the MSF yet. i wanted to check everything out and make sure i am actually serious about buying a bike… i also need to save up the money i will need to buy one. i am thinking a kawasaki ninja inthe 250-500 range… i have read the whole beginners guide and i am browsing through the forums… so far i haven’t tested anything and don’t really know where to start…September 10, 2009 at 4:30 am #22273gattonParticipant
Hello Kitty gear huh? I bet he was a bad ass and just loves when cruiser guys make fun of him so he can get into fights. He’s my hero!
cinderla89 I’m sure if you’ve read the site you’ve seen that the Ninja 250R is highly recommended for a first sport bike. I sat on one and didn’t really care for it (but I prefer cruisers). As Munch said go sit on a bunch of bikes. I am still planning to take the MSF as well but I probably went to four dealerships before I found the bike that felt good to me (Vulcan 500).
Definitely let us know what you decide on and your MSF experience.September 10, 2009 at 4:46 am #22274
Definitely take the MSF course. It is a great place to start, and you will know by the end if you are serious about getting a bike.
Also, whenever you butt test the bikes is up to you, but I found that I was a lot more comfortable sitting on them (and making informed decisions about what I thought was comfortable) after I took the MSF class.
Finally, from one girl to another- get the bike that you like, not the one you think some guy is going to like seeing you on. If you go for the sport bikes, and that is what you want to ride, then do it. While, yes, relationships involve a lot of compromise, you still have to find someone who wants to be with you for who you are.
Sorry, I’ll put away the soapbox now…September 10, 2009 at 4:01 pm #22284
lol that was my plan… but seriously how many guys would like a girl riding a bike… i don’t really care anymore. i just want to do what i want to do. and i would never buy a bike w/o the MSF course. that would just be stupid!September 10, 2009 at 6:46 pm #22286eonParticipant
Well, like Owlie says there are more important factors than if he likes bikes are not. But, for what it’s worth, from reading bike forums for the past year I can tell you most guys would be delighted to have a partner who rides.September 11, 2009 at 12:20 am #22290
+infinite. Nothing like a woman being able to handle a bike. Even more so to be able to go ride out together and enjoy moments with.September 11, 2009 at 4:10 am #22297
“but seriously how many guys would like a girl riding a bike”
My husband doesn’t ride and takes great delight in kicking me out to go riding in the evenings. I think that he gets a kick out of being the only guy at work with a woman who is … hmm… what’s the word?… ballsy? can I use that to describe a woman? … yes well… with a woman who is ballsy enough to ride a bike. The story goes that they are all drooling with jealousy. They were more excited about what kind of bike I was going to get than I was.September 11, 2009 at 6:42 am #22302
hahaha yeah i was hoping that was the case… so far people i ask think that a girl riding something like what i want would be “hot” and “sexy”. although that is what they say… who knows what they would actually think…September 11, 2009 at 9:43 am #22305eternal05Participant
Girls on bikes are rad. That’s not just what I say, but actually what I think. It’s the same as girls that are into motorsports in general, or who like cars, or those who like watching a sport (whatever that happens to be) with you. It’s kind of unbeatable really. Like Munch says, even better than a girl who rides a bike is one who REALLY rides a bike: has wicked control and clearly doing it because she loves it (as opposed to simply greasing the wheels of a relationship, for instance).September 12, 2009 at 4:23 am #22313
you know its hard to find a guy who does like a girl when she is into that stuff… just dont know where to look i guess…September 12, 2009 at 4:58 am #22314
Relationships are not easy, whatever your hobbies. Just because the guys that my husband work with think that it is hot that I’m into motorcycles, it doesn’t actually mean I would have any interest in them if I was single.
But I have come to the conclusion after watching some of my single friends angst over the years about not being able to get a date that part of the problem is that they don’t get out. The other part of the problem is that they are looking for “Mr. Perfect”, not “Mr. I’m-willing-to-let-him-see-me-in-my-flannel-PJs-and-bunny-slippers” or “Mr. I-wouldn’t-mind-talking-to-him-everyday-for-the-rest-of-my-life”. For the first part, they need to get out and meet people while doing things they love. Riding motorcycles and joining a riding club or just talking bikes with random guys at the grocery store will accomplish that. For the second part, you just have to realize that even if you do find a Mr. Perfect, at some point you are going to realize that he isn’t and will have to be able to accept it. It is much easier to start figuring out that & accepting Mr. Perfect from the first date than after you’ve tied the knot. Divorce may be an option, but the costs far exceed whatever the attorney may charge.
This is all the conjecture of a generally-happily married woman, so take it with a grain of salt.
*looking down at feet* How did that darn soapbox end up down there again?
OwlieSeptember 13, 2009 at 12:09 am #22319
To expand and simplify……
Relationships are like something lost…. the harder you look to find it the longer you go without finding it. Quit looking for it and you realize its been right in front of you all along.September 14, 2009 at 4:56 pm #22342WeaponZeroParticipant
You’re shitting me. Seriously.
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