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    Quote Originally Posted by KBasa View Post
    I think we can all agree that a bike with 85hp is a bit much for a new rider ...
    No agreement here.

    New rider doesn't have to use it and the bike isn't going to run away all by itself.

    My Airhead has horsepower in the 60s somewhere and there are plenty of times it will go faster than I can ride it and I've been riding for 30 years. Have no fanatasies that I can give King Kenny Roberts a run for his money. No interest, either--I'd miss the scenery.
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    I agree with Kbasa and Ikchirs....avoid the F800ST; and I'll tell you why.

    Two of my good friends wanted to get motorcycles. Neither had rode. After taking the MSF course, they went shopping.

    One was 5'8 and the other was 5'0. Both just had to have BMW's, specifically the F800ST. Against my advise, they both bought F800ST's. One was factory lowered for my shorter friend....even so, my shorter friend was tip-toed on her bike. She was very uncomfortable riding it, and in fact tipped it over the first time she went out on it. She never gained confidence on it and it's now sitting at the local dealership on consignment.

    I rode both bikes and found the throttle on both difficult to contend with. It was very "twitchy"... for lack of a better word...it seemed just a little throttle sent you off and flying. Not good for a new rider!!

    Keep your 250 and master your skills...give some thought about what kind of riding you want to do. Look around at different bikes. Go to one of the mortorcycle shows. Sit on all the bikes you like. And then make your decision...

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    I agree with Laurie about agreeing with Dave and Kent.
    I rode a smaller bike for 5 years until getting talked into jumping the BMW herd. Glad I had those 5 years or I could have been discouraged like Laurie's friend.

    And Laurie is again correct about the F8ST's throttle. I don't know if I'd call it "twitchy", maybe "sensitive" or "responsive". It's right there right now and you'd better know it.

    Anyroad, there is a quite a bit of sage advice here in this thread. Words of wisdom to be heeded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wezul View Post
    And Laurie is again correct about the F8ST's throttle. I don't know if I'd call it "twitchy", maybe "sensitive" or "responsive". It's right there right now and you'd better know it.

    Anyroad, there is a quite a bit of sage advice here in this thread. Words of wisdom to be heeded.
    Say what??? I don't find the F800ST 'twitchy' nor do I recall that opinion prevailing on the F800 board that I frequent. Don't get me wrong, the bike has other areas that can use improvement. My R1200C on the other hand was twitchy especially at low gear/low rpms which is not atypical of some early FI twins.

    Interestingly, I don't recall seeing a post from the original poster after the intial inquiry. Is she taking this stuff in?

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    [QUOTE=12bswayed;523282]I agree with Kbasa and Ikchirs....avoid the F800ST; and I'll tell you why.


    I rode both bikes and found the throttle on both difficult to contend with. It was very "twitchy"... for lack of a better word...it seemed just a little throttle sent you off and flying. Not good for a new rider!!

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    I disagree with your assessment of the F800ST. You call it "twitchy"...I call it responsive. If you want twitchy, I'll agree my K1200S with all 167 HP is TWITCHY!!!

    It sounds like your 5' friend had height and confidence issues right off the bat and I'd wager that regardless of what bike she purchased she would have had issues. Maybe your negativity eroded her confidence and once that's gone...you're out of luck.

    My wife's first bike after her cycle course was a 900 Vulcan. She road it for three years but decided it was too heavy and she wanted something lighter and more responsive. She test drove a bunch of bikes....Ducati Monster 696 (gutless) Moto Guzzi Breva 750 (gutless) BMW R1200R (nice but a tad heavy) and she settled on....you guessed it, an F800ST...she loves it
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    As has been said before in this thread the selection of a motorcycle is a very personal decision. For me, my height and ability to reach the ground as needed was a significant consideration I also wanted a bike that I could tour on. I was pretty sure that I "could never" ride an R1200RT. Geez, just look at them; they are tall with lots of stuff to scuff or break; they look really big, too.

    I sat on the RT with the low seat in the dealer showroom for 45 minutes (with my husband shaking the bike by the luggage rack to prove to me that I wouldn't drop the darn thing on the test ride) before I would even take it out. I think the sales guy was convinced that I was a good rider because I didn't drop the bike on the test run.

    Once I rode it, I had to have it. Once I had it I didn't want to drop it. Its embarassing. I really love my RT.

    BUT, having said that we all must remember that the selection of a motorcycle is a very personal decision. We all consider different factors. My husband wasn't concerned about how heavy his bike was or whether or not he would drop it. He's dropped his bike (also an RT) a lot more that I have dropped mine, and the reason for this IMHO is because I am more mindful of what I am doing because I have less margin for error than he has.

    This leads us back to the issue facing the OP. She is short and a relatively inexperienced rider. Girlfriend, you are in the risky zone. You may get a bigger bike capable of touring and have no issues or, you may get a bigger bike capable of touring and hate it. You might drop the bike a lot. You might get hurt. You might just feel nervous about dropping the bike and getting injured. This won't account for how you ride and respond to the challenges of riding a more powerful motorcycle that is capable of, well, a lot more than your 250 could even dream of.

    Bottom line, your choice of an appropriate motorcycle for you will depend on your confidence, skill and comfort level. The decision should not depend exclusively on what other "apparently similarly situated" riders ride because we are all different and bring different levels of experience, skill, confidence and fearlessness to the task. You might consider checking out VTwinMama's forum and her table of bikes for short riders. http://www.vtwinmama.com/motorcycles...ort_riders.htm

    I wish you well in your search for the "right" bike. Let us know what you decide to do.
    Sharon
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    I think the original poster had her question answered with some great advice. I also think this thread got off track and a bit personal. I might remind all that the intent of the womens form was to create a comfortable room for all to discuss Women's issues. Confrontation is one reason some members choose not to post.
    This thread is now closed. Thank you everyone for posting.
    Last edited by womanridge; 12-11-2009 at 04:01 PM.
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