Adventure Bike for a new rider

by Cindy
(Western Washington)

Hello Ladies,

I wanted your thoughts on an adventure bike for a new rider.

What I want to do with my bike is explore. Both paved and gravel roads (logging roads, forest service, nothing to wild to start). I want to be able to go camping for a few days at a time. Traveling 200-400+ miles in a day and still be able to walk.

What I think I want, is something like a V-Strom 650 or BMW F650GS. But are those " a bit much for a new rider"? I've sat on both and while not flatfooted, I have more then just my tippy toes down, and that wasn't in riding boots.

I'm about 5'8" with a 31" inseam, and not a twig, gotta love Scandinavian bloodlines. Even a bit chunky at this time, but working on that!

I have lots of backroads to learn on, and a nice large chruch parking lot down the way.

So would I just be asking for tpruble going for the lager bike right off (it would be a used one)? Or would it be better to buy a used 250ish road bike to learn on?

Thank you for your time,

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Feb 21, 2012
by: Susanne

I do not own one but it is on the list. I love the BMW650. I believe the bike can be lowered but check their website. I'm 5'1 and I just love that bike. I plan on taking a long hard look at one this summer. Why not have two bikes is my motto.

Feb 18, 2012
Color me jealous!
by: Carol

Ya got to go with the VStrom. I really believe there is not a funner bike out there. 5'8. I'm so jealous. I'm 5'2", the Vstrom is just that much too too tall for me. Since I'm 42, I'm pretty sure I'm going to grow 3-5 inches, so Vstrom is out of the picture for me. DRATS!
Please get one for me, and go adventure.

Feb 18, 2012
Yamaha TW200
by: Wanda

If you want to go with something smaller at first (and used?), you could probably pick up a Yamaha TW200 dual sport motorcycle for a good price. Those are awesome little bikes. I recommend visiting bike shops and dealers and sitting on as many as you can. Something is bound to catch your eye! Good luck.

Feb 14, 2012
BMW and Triumph
by: Wanda

I recommend the BMW G650GS. I have one, and it is awesome. Also, the Triumph Scrambler is a nice one that has classic styling. Triumph Tiger is a good one with more modern styling cues.

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