With much of the motorcycle industry catering to men, I thought it'd be good to point out a few bikes that are wonderful starter bikes for women. Keep in mind these bikes might not be the perfect bike for you, but I had a few female friends asking me what they should start out on, so I thought I'd write a post addressing this question.
Keep in mind these bikes would also work well for the majority of men who are just learning to ride. The goal of this post isn't to single out bikes that are only suitable for women, but to point out a few great bikes for different kinds of riders who might need something with a low ride height, that's moderately powered and easy to maneuver.
Suzuki Boulevard S40
I'm kind of a sucker for this bike. I love it. The reasonably big single cylinder (650cc) just looks cool to me. I know many people would advocate for the Honda Rebel over this bike, but I love the S40. It's not very big overall, has a reasonably large engine but extremely mild manners (perfect for a beginner) and a low seat height. Even someone very short should have an easy time controlling this bike in the corners and keeping it upright.
Some people complain about the single cylinder's tendency to cause unwanted vibrations, but Suzuki does a good job of minimizing this with a counterbalance. New Suzuki Boulevard S40 runs $5,499 but the bike has been out on the market for a while and you can probably find a used one for a few thousand bucks.
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If you're looking for something fun and sporty, the Grom might just be the crazy little bike you're looking for. It has a peppy little engine (125cc) and attractive but kind of odd styling. Some people gripe about the Grom's small overall size and displacement, but I've seen several of these things zipping around Chicago. Again, this is a great bike if you're of shorter stature. It's way cooler than a scooter and while I haven't ridden one yet, it has to be a riot. The best thing about them? They're inexpensive. A brand new Grom runs $3,199 but you might get lucky and find a used one for less.
If the Grom is too small or weird for you, consider the Honda CB300F or the Kawasaki Ninja 300. These bikes are a little more traditional as far as sportbikes go while still being easy to manage.
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Looking for a cafe racer inspired look in an affordable and easy to maintain package? the Suzuki TU250X is a smart choice for any woman who wants to ride. It has classic styling, a reasonably powerful engine and comes in at an affordable $4,399 brand spanking new. This model has been out a while, so you should be able to find one for cheaper on Craigslist or Cycle Trader.
Some people have suggested to me that the Suzuki TU250X doesn't have enough power, and while that may be true for an experienced rider, in my opinion, it has plenty of get up and go for someone just starting out.
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Have any suggestions for good starter bikes for women? Leave a comment in the box below!