need opinion concerning oppsite gender and dirt...
Posted January 17, 2003 - 07:40 AM
my gf used to ride (old trailbikes when younger) and is now getting back into it cuz of me. retaught her to ride on my quad (mojave) in snow, and after 1 1/2 seasons watching me at the track, she wants to start racing this season in the local track's ladies challenge races.
she 5'5", about 115 lbs, and very overconfident (read COCKY)
she wants a bike, not a quad for safety issues (i guess, i just think theyre more fun personnaly ) we're currently looking at a 96 kx100 (same seat height/chasis as big wheel kx80) for $1400 obo w/ fmf exhaust and renthals, new top end, and a very extensive knowledge of the past of this particular bike (friend owned it at one pointin past)
i don't think she could handle a 125 yet, be it in the elevation of the seat or snap of the engine.
i support her getting into racing, cuz i'd rather her ride at the track with me where i can keep an eye on her and there's medics available if needed, rather than in woods around trees and other unmoving objects to plaster yourself against. therefore, something with some suspension if needed (i.e. xr and ttr line not not good for jumping)is good, even though i realize they would have much more managable engines, but much more weight.
any opinions are appreciated.
Posted January 17, 2003 - 08:00 AM
Posted January 17, 2003 - 08:29 AM
Posted January 17, 2003 - 08:40 AM
Posted January 17, 2003 - 09:36 AM
Posted January 17, 2003 - 11:00 AM
Posted January 17, 2003 - 11:18 AM
My wife rides my 250F no problem - and she first rode a motorcycle in March of 2001. We started her on an XR100, then moved her to a TTR125L, which she loves. April of 2002 she got a full size BBR CR/XR220 conversion (1999 CR 125 alum. chassis) and she rips around on that for moto. She's 5'6" and 125lbs. The important thing to remember is to keep her in her comfort zone.
Here's a few pics of my wife riding (I'm so proud):
On her BBR...
on my TTR (she wanted to test my Works Performance shock).
Posted January 18, 2003 - 01:38 AM
BTW, I agree that bikes are safer than quads if for no other reasons than "which one would you rather see run over or land on her (and this includes her own ride)?". And they will. Few tracks are wide enough if a quad wrecks in the middle of it. Couple that with the poor maneuverability compared to a bike. Most of the serious quad injuries I've witnessed were in large part due to this.
Sounds like she's got spirit! Just don't buy her something she might whup you with! That could get habit-forming and cause marriage!!!
Posted January 21, 2003 - 03:25 AM
she sat on my 400 and my dad's 125 over the weekend, and could barely get tip-toes down on it. sat on kx100 when we went ot look at and immediatly told me she would feel safer (which would lead to more fun if nothing else) riding it, which she fit about the same as my 5'9" butt fits my 400 (not quite flat foot on both sides) so we talked it over, and talked the guy down $100, so she is now the owner of a 96 kx100 for $1300.
now if only the snow would melt so she can ride it. guess my quad will have to cut it for a little while longer.
thanks again for all the input, it was a big help. I knew i could get some good advice here.
surprised no-one said to buy her a 450f or kx500 or sumthin just to be a smart-@$$!
Posted January 21, 2003 - 04:10 AM
We now have a CRF230 for her. We are fighting weight issues and cold weather. When it warms up she should get more comfortable.
Posted January 21, 2003 - 06:25 AM
Posted January 21, 2003 - 07:50 AM
best thing to do is to go to local dealers and have her sit on bikes to see what fits best and feels most comfortable.
for trails at 5'1", 100 lbs., i'd say probably xr100. they can be had affordably used, or maybe even a ttr125 or drz/klx125.
if you're looking mx, then prob. an 80 (or possibly an 80 bigwheel). kx has the most docile engine (powervalve) but older rms (pre-00 i think) have the lowest seat height. cr's lack bottom end. not good beginner IMO, but a reliable bike none-the-less.
no matter what you choose, it's important that it's her decision, because she'll be the one riding it and therefore must feel comfortablee before she can start to learn and have fun wit ya. you can offer advice, but don't push anything on her that she doesn't feel ready for or comfortable with cuz you know she'll outgrow or out-ride it in a matter of weeks. that's what the used bike market is for. you can always buy and sell till you find the right one.
Posted January 21, 2003 - 08:37 AM
Posted January 21, 2003 - 09:31 AM
Again, the used bike market is there for this sort of thing. If you get her something YOU want to screw around on, it may be too much for her, ie, not fun and scary, and you lost her interest and wasted $.
Oh yea, you now will have twice as much maintenence and parts to mess with.
But afterall, you can have more time in the garage peacefully wrenching if you can say you are working on HER bike It worked for me and the dogs
Posted January 21, 2003 - 11:42 AM