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The bikes I'm looking at: - Tina Marie's Ramblings
Red hair and black leather, my favorite colour scheme...
skywhisperer
skywhisperer
The bikes I'm looking at:
Sukuki Bandit 1200
Kawasaki ZRX
Honda 919
Yamaha FZ1

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kathrynblogs From: kathrynblogs Date: September 9th, 2005 02:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Are you going to buy new? Also, why the need for so much power?
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: September 9th, 2005 04:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Are you going to buy new?

No, used. I'm hoping to get something in the $3-4K range.

Also, why the need for so much power?

Because I'm me. :)
kathrynblogs From: kathrynblogs Date: September 9th, 2005 04:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am only concerned because for an inexperienced rider, you can get into a lot of trouble very easily. If you start with a less powerful bike, you can easily trade up later when you're more comfortable with the power, know better what you want in a bike and how you use a bike, and you'll get a pretty new bike after you've dropped/scratched up/dented the old bike a couple of times. Just a thought.
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: September 9th, 2005 04:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're right. And several of those come in lower HP versions. In all honesty, what I'll get is something in that style that I can find used when I'm ready to start shopping...

I'm more concerned about seat height then power, anyway - I'm pretty short, so I need something low.
kathrynblogs From: kathrynblogs Date: September 9th, 2005 04:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Seat height is really, really important. And it'll rule out a lot of bikes right off the bat. I've heard there are kits you can buy to modify the seat a couple of inches, so you might want to look into that. Those two inches can make all the difference. ;)
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: September 9th, 2005 05:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah, yes, I think I got some spam about that recently.

Oh, no, wait, it added 2 inches...
acelightning From: acelightning Date: September 9th, 2005 09:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
back when i learned to ride, sometime in the Cretaceous Era, the only bikes that had a seat low enough for me were under 200cc. it wasn't that i couldn't handle a bigger bike while driving - i just couldn't keep it from falling over when i stopped! thankfully, that's no longer the case. (of course, it's been so long, and i've gotten so much older and fatter, my reflexes are probably shot now. and i can't afford a bike anyway.)
alioth1 From: alioth1 Date: September 10th, 2005 08:23 am (UTC) (Link)
See if you can get a "pocket rocket" built for the Japanese market: usually in the 400cc range, fairly small (although you might find it too small). My Dad has a pocket rocket. He bought it in a crashed state for 500 quid and bought new fairings for it, and it's a good bike. I really need to learn myself so I can ride it :-)
alioth1 From: alioth1 Date: September 10th, 2005 08:20 am (UTC) (Link)
You ought to come over for the Isle of Man TT (usually the last week in May and the first week in June) or the Southern 100...
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