My wife is tiny, about 5'2" and 120lbs. She learned to ride 20 years ago on a honda cb250. She wants to get back into riding now that I'm learning (I just restored a 80 cb750) so we went to a local dealer to see what fits. She wants a new bike to take advantage of the stimulus tax break thing for 2009.
Sat on a Kawasaki Eliminator 125, Suzuki s40 and she felt they were a tad small. She didn't quite like the foot control placement. Yamaha VStar 650 was too heavy and the foot controls was weird for her. Dealer suggested a Vulcan 500 which was coming in later in the week.
I would love for her to like the er-6n, but she thinks it's ugly and felt it was a bit heavy for her (same for the Gladius). She seems to prefer the ergonomics of a standard bike but her size slots her well for a cruiser. Looking at the specs of the vulcan 500, it looks like a decent non fuel injected bike, but she likes to take turns and was scraping her foot pegs in the MSF course. I'm thinking she would prefer a sport bike if it wasn't for the looks which she hates. The suzuki tu250 would probably be a good one for her but this is supposed to be a hard bike to find.
question 1: will the vulcan get in the way of her sporting tendencies or should we keep looking? I don't want to insert myself too much into her decision making process because if I did, she would be buying the er-6n.
I sat on the same green Versys that I've been drooling over since winter and now that I actually have a motorcycle to ride around on, I find the ergonomics of the Versys are almost the same as my old cb750c..
question 2: would a dealer take a 30 year old motorcycle on trade for a versys? would that deal even make sense? lots of people own multiple bikes, but part of me (hmm, the wife?) won't let me have so many toys