Comments for 5'2 130 lbs. looking at 250 or 600

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Apr 19, 2012
Started small
by: Anonymous

Go with the 250. Eight years ago I decided to buy a bike and found a Yamaha 250 and am so glad I did. I learned to balance it, make turns, shift, it was a fun little bike to ride, it was light and nibble. The next year I upgraded to a Yamaha 650 which weighed about 500 lbs and rode it about 4 years til I upgraded in 2010 to a Yamaha 950 which weighs 615 lbs. I wouldn't take anything for learning on a small bike, it prepared me for today and the enjoyment of riding.

Mar 10, 2012
Which bike?
by: Anonymous

I began riding again after years. I am 5'2" and 120 - very similar to your build. I took the MSF class at the end of spring last year and bought a used Honda Rebel. I rode it every where - town, suburbs, back country roads - everywhere except the freeway. By the end of the summer, I knew how to shift, downshift - and just ride the bike.

I later moved up to a Suzuki Savage 650 - a bit bigger, a little heavier, and I love it.

My point it - the 250 really taught me how to ride and handle a bike. Because of that, I feel confident on any bike I want to try now. The 250 is a great learning bike and bike for buildng confidence for a smaller person. I have no regrets and am glad I started with the smaller bike.

Mar 09, 2012
by: Anonymous

Go with the 250!! You will learn to ride so much easier on it. A 600 in the form of a CBR600RR, GSX-R600, R6, or ZX6R are all race replicas and WAY more power than you need. They're EXTREMELY difficult to learn to ride on, and not all all forgiving. Buy a used 250, learn to ride like a rock star, sell it and get the bike you really want. You'll be an awesome rider instead of a timid rider, who, 3 years down the road is still scared of her bike. Besides, 250's are GREAT for holding their value. AND the smaller bike will be easier for you to maneuver at low speeds than the 600. :-) Keep the shiny side up!!

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