I know a bit about being short and riding... I'm 5'7", and I can barely touch both my toes to the ground at the same time on my bike ('03 Aprilia Falco-- not famous for being a really tall bike). I am not a cruiser guy at all, so I just got used to not being able to touch the ground. The only time it really causes problems is when I'm trying to maneuver in an off-camber driveway, or when I come to a stop on a hill that slopes across the bike's axis. I've been riding for 20yrs+, so it's not new to me. I wouldn't recommend that a newby learn to ride on a bike where he/ she couldn't see the ground. Ninja 250 sounds like a fine recommendation.
What I'm getting at is that this person isn't all that short. My fiance is 5'4" and was able to fit on quite a few bikes. The limiting factor was the weight as she didn't have the upper body strength to allow her to feel comfortable on most of the bikes.
Good enough to think twice before arguing with her!
The 100 yard grouping is one thing, but indoors, the quick draw revolver hip shots are more worrisome.
Luckily she has a hard time keeping enough force against a semi-auto pistol to prevent it from jamming on the recoil, so I have the advantage of the hi-cap mags for the Glock against a six shot revolver to work in my favor.
Not a sportbike but sporty enough- the new Ducati Monster 695 should be low enought for you, and the broad torque is good for a newbies. Plus the engine is big enough that you won't outgrow it too fast.
Check out the Buell Blast with the low seat option. Or the 883L Sportster, if you want something that heavy - 560lbs. dry... Enjoy! [And don't knock some of those Scooters, Honda's Silverwing and Suzuki's Burgman, will do over 110mph! And search-out Honda's upcoming DN-01, I think that it would surprise you!]. Please get a copy of David L. Hough's Street Strategies book also, as it may very well save your life, due to it's great advice on how to avoid potential riding traps. Each chapter is two pages, so it is an easy read!!!
"I like the sportbike look, something that looks fast. I'm new to the game, no experience at all on a bike"
The majority of bikes that look fast are fast. With no experience, a fast bike is not something you should be considering. Youll find that even 'slow' bikes can actually go quite fast when compared to the average motorcar.
"I was thinking about getting a moped, but they are to slow for freeway and that's an insult to bikers"
No, they are only perceived as an insult by a couple of squids who think they are bikers, but actually belong behind an X-box rather than being out on the road. A number of moped/scooters are very capable machines and real motorcycles in their own right.
I suggest you go to a dealer and have a look at a few bikes and see what you feel comfortable on. The 250 ninja recommended above is a good starter bike, which should not be to heavy or too tall for you.
Sit on some and you might be surprised that once you're rolling you don't have to super low to the ground to feel confident. You have a lot of options even for larger cc standard/naked bikes, but the Ninja 250, 500 and new 650R are the logical choices for low-seated sport bikes, but don't forget to check out some of the mini crusiers (250cc-600cc) if you still want a real bike and not a deathped. Other options are older bikes, or to check what taller bikes can be lowered to fit you, since some bikes are easy to lower. Also, sometimes a simple seat replacement will get you that extra inch or two needed.
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