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Next Spring My wife and I plan on buying two bikes. For myself I am looking at the ZX12r or ZX10r.

But my question is directed toward which bike I should get my wife. First she is an inexperienced rider. Second, the look is very important. We are looking at two different bikes. The ZX6r or the Buell XB9r? What's the pros and cons? To be honest I don't see her getting up to 100 mph more than once or twice a year...if that. It's more about having fun riding a Sport Bike together on hot summer days. What do you think?

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I think I want to know what you mean by "The look is very important".

I'm serious. Just want to know b4 I reply.

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The SV 650 is a excellent bike & a after market fairing to break the wind would make it perfect. Much depends on height & arm length.

Go sit on some bikes and STAY away from anything made by Harley!

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I agree with Farm Boy. My wife has a red SV650S and LOVES it. It's very light, but still has plenty of get up and go. Plus, we both like the way it looks. Contrasts nicely with the PMB 12R.

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Whichever you decide have her sit on them 1st....Mrs Epstein is vertically challenged (5'3)....so we had to make sure that the machine coudl be dropped.......(1st bike is a 94 fzr600) she loves it but has now out grown it .....(drastically thanks everyone at Vermont).....and she will soon besporting a zx 9.....she looked at the sv650 and loved it ....but full fairing was what she wanted.......(p.s. do your self a favor ....make sure its a machine ya can hooligan around on as well.....lol)....Brian

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Good point, Brian. When my bike was in the shop, it was the SV or nothing at all. It turns out that the SV can haul my not small self around and let me have some fun doing it.

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and if ya need it dropped like Mrs Eppy will check out adjustment tech.com.....they sell the links

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Here's what the two of you should do...sit down and think about the style of riding, the level of performance, budget, and available options.Then go to every dealer in your erea, look, touch, sit and drool. Then narrow the choices down.
Good luck...

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and if you can buy her a nice clean used one........hey come to think of it I should be selling a nice customized 94 FZR 600 already lowered...........Has plenty of pep and can handle great as well....JUST ask MONO......hehe

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The Look = Superbike/Fast...Then sometimes for some reason or another that I have trouble figuring out at times, she just doesn't like a particular bike.

Today I took her to sit on 3 different bikes. ZX9r (they didn't have a 6r there), Buell xb9r, and one other that I don't remember the model of?? something along the lines of a zx6...she liked that it was a bit more of upright sitting position. But she likes the look of the ZX6r a lot better.

I will sit her on a SV650S. But for some reason it's picture didn't catch her eye...I think she really likes that green ninja fairing and paint scheme.

She said the zx9r and Buell fit about the same. We don't care about manufacturer name at all. We want FUN! We were pretty much decided on the ninja when a salesman started the Buell for us. Instant smile...We have several 4x4's and Hotrods for the same reason. Then I learn that the low end torque of the Buell might be easier/more enjoyable for her to ride. Less gear changing... So now I am second guessing the Ninja.

any pros and cons are appreciated. <img src=http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/smile.gif ALT=":)">

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Just a thought, how about a Honda Superhawk? If you add the lower (aftermarket) fairing, it looks like a regular sportbike. Plus, add an aftermarket exhaust, and they sound pretty bad, IMO. Plus, lots of low end torque.

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Buell wont handle and the 1200 motor is a bear to handle.....why sacrafice performance for a sound????just my .02

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It does need to handle. I don't know much about bikes at all but here goes...I thought since the Buell only weighed 385lbs dry and had a wheelbase of 52", it would handle well. Am I mistaken?

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The new Buell does handle very well. It is not a 1200 motor like previous Buells. It is an entirely new motor. Don't get me wrong, it is still a Harley, but they have got handling down with this bike. It is smaller, and gets around a track great. It is dominating the Pro-thunder AMA class. Don Canet liked it a lot. J

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ZX6 is a perfect bike for a beginner!!!
The ZX9 is good too but has a bit more power for room to grow, or if she loses interest the 9 maybe harder to sell then a 6!!!...But then you have a cool bike to mess around with!!!


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It's just cool that my wife likes these kind of toys...I have a feeling after a little while with these bikes we will be addicts.


Again if anybody has anything good or bad opinions on any of the above bikes please speak up. I want as much knowledge as possible before we make any decisions.

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It would be great if she could test ride a bunch of bikes and then decide.

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My brother in law has the XB9r, It`s pretty uncomfortable!

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That's a nice bike. She said she liked the X1 at the store yesterday too. I didn't encourage it because it is a 1200...though with time I think she would handle it fine. We aren't buying til next spring, but if that bike is still around we will definitely keep it in mind.

"It would be great if she could test ride a bunch of bikes and then decide"
I agree, if she was able to ride a few I know she would figure out what she wanted right away. Unfortunately, I don't know anybody that will let a novice rider take any ten grand bikes out.

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