Novice Rider Upgrading to Larger Bike
by Gale Nelson
(Sequim, WA USA)
Day 2 of MSF Course -- What Fun!
I've enjoyed reading all the posts and comments on this forum. It's been very educational.
I'm 56, 5'4", 110 lbs. I rode dirt bikes as a youngster, had several minor crashes, but loved bombing around. Then as an adult I was in a nasty wreck as a passenger and figured I'd never get on a motorcycle again. But my husband got a Yamaha Road Star (Warrior) 1700 and last fall I got brave enough to climb on board for a couple of rides. I loved it--but was incredibly nervous. I decided I might feel more comfortable if I were the one driving, so I signed up and passed the MSF on a Suzuki GZ 250. It poured rain the entire weekend, but I loved every minute of it!
I loved Suzuki and found a nice used one a week after I took the course. But within 15 minutes of being on the road doing 45 - 55 mph, I knew I would eventually need a bigger bike. I decided to ride that bike for awhile... so I did--about six months. I sold it yesterday and am now in the market for a bigger bike. I tried a used Vulcan 750 (it felt top heavy) and a Boulevard S40 (it felt quite comfortable, but not much bigger than my 250). I am torn between one of the great cruisers available, and a more standard/sport bike, like the BMW 650, Moto Guzzi Breva 750, and the Ducati Monster. I would like something fairly light and well balanced, with a gas tank that doesn't require filling every 100 miles. My husband and I would like to do some long distance riding/camping, and I want to be able to easily cruise around town.
Wouldn't it be great if there was a place where riders could test drive all different kinds of bikes before committing to purchase one? Is there such a thing and I just don't know about it?
I would appreciate any suggestions or comments.