R1150R : Any women riders on this bike?
My GF wants to get a bike. She has ridden small bikes (250ish) but it was
12-15 years ago. Recently did the MSF and passed first try. She rides
often with me two-up on a GS Adventure.
Have looked a lot at BMW 'F' and 'G' bikes and like the size and weight.
Recently found a great deal on a 2003 R1150R in great condition well equipped with seat at about 30.3".
She is 5'6" and weighs around 130#. Is it unreasonable to skip over the smaller bikes? Any women's opinion on this. :scratch
It may be too much about how much I like it. :evil It's a classic...and I want her to easily cruise with me on the 1200GSA....but too big for limited experience?
Comments very much appreciated in advance
It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this. (Bertrand Russell)
Touring style may matter too
If you like to have lots of 700-800 mile days on the Interstates go for a big and comfortable bike and get a lower seat that is a bit narrower at the front and shorter shocks. Sometimes lower profile tires and even smaller diameter wheels are available. An inch here, an inch there and another 1/2 inch somewhere else and you drop it 2 1/2 inches. An extra 1/2 inch on the bottom of good boots helps too.
I like shorter riding days of 350 to 450 miles and even shorter than that in really interesting areas. In 43 years I've done 600 mile days less than 10times so that probably shows some bias. I don't think you need as much bike for this type of touring. In about 1981 my wife, 5ft5, and I did 2500 miles in 10 days through Wisconsin, into the Door County area, Milwaukee, over to Galena, and along the Mississippi River. I was on an R75/5 with most of the luggage and she was on a Honda 400 Four with a windshield and higher bars. That was the perfect bike for her and we had a wonderful trip.
Back in the day friends toured pretty long distances on Honda CB 450 twins, Suzuki 500s, RD 350s, etc. I even met a guy who was 2,000 miles from home on a Yamaha 250 enduro. He had 2 front sprockets, one for the highway, one for the logging roads and trails.
If you go for shorter daily distances there are a lot of great bikes on the market now. I'd love a 250 Ninja or any of a number of current mid-size bikes (maybe with handle bar risers!) on the Blue Ridge or the No.1 down the west coast.
PS. If the lady drops a bike because shes always on tip toe at lights etc. she might never get back on again. And the R bikes of the last 20 years do tend to be top heavy and the G bikes even more so for obvious reasons.
Let her choose it! With your input.....
You have a of knowledge that she doesn't have, offer you opinion but let her choose it. I am a woman rider who came back to riding after a 25 year break, some of that as a passenger (MSF instructor pointed out my excellent balance - a passenger learned skill). I started back on a Moto Guzzi 750 Breva - light and comfortable and easy to pick up. It required thought and planning to keep up with the big guys. I suspect it helped me learn needed skills - looking ahead, planning and watching conditions. All are valuable skills I used on the 1150R that I choose as my second bike. Like a previous poster said, the first year was not pretty, it is a wonderful bike but the weight is high and if you load it with luggage..... I learned more and loved the 1150 R but I adore the R1200R - it is lower and lighter and better balanced weight distribution for me. I have no problem keeping up with my husbands R1200RT or even passing him! I also considered the F800 but found a deal on the R1200R - I think a used bike takes some of the pressure off.