The wife is brand new to riding. That's cool because I only started riding a few months before that. Thing is, I bought the KLX250S. Stock, its more than tame so, first thing I did was toss the airbox lid, re-jet, and bolted on a full FMF exhaust. Now its a different animal. I want to do the same thing to the 250R but, of course, the wife is against it. She's kind of on the timid side of the power sports universe. She's yet to get beyond second gear... on the street! I have to ride behind her and wave the cars around. She says she's just learning at her own pace. I say, get off the bike, I'm gonna take it and wring it for all its worth and have a good time with it. How fast can you go 0-60 on the lil'est Ninja? I wanna find out! So, that's my intro.
My husband and I took MSF classes. I never even was within 5 feet of a bike in my entire life, infact while in class, when the instructor said to turn the bbike on, I had no clue where the key was..lol But, in time, I learned and still have some fear. Going 55 was my tops on a regular street/highway. I never ventured out onto the freeway and that is my fear. Another thing was pulling from a stop sign/red light on a steep hill.
My first bike was new, a Ninja 250 and I sold it with only 200 miles for $2800. I want a 500 or maybe even higher.
Giver her time and practice out in the parking lots. I rode my bike on Sundays, very early in the am when there was no traffic. That helped me get a feel for the bike. Shifting is fun now. I too was stuck in 2nd..lol If she wants to ever chat with me, tell her to email me at [email protected]. If anyone was a woosie, it was me.
Hey, Platinum, thank you for the advice and your testimonial, that was cool of you. I'll pass your email along to her, hopefully she'll contact you and pick your brain. She certainly doesn't want any input from me on the subject (on any subject, now that I think about it). Early Sunday morning sounds like a good idea. I definitely have to find a good parking lot for us to practice in.