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    Quote Originally Posted by Ews View Post
    She really likes the TU250X. I guess I trained her proper, go for the better looking bikes lol. But I think mostly she likes that the dealer has a 2017 (never sold) for $3k

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    You know if I bought that for my wife I think the only thing I would do to it is remove the pillion seat and passenger footpegs.
    ... if she is riding with bigger bikes she is going to need to slightly ring the piss out of it to keep up or set pace,
    you might need to convince her (once it's broken in) to not be afraid of hurting it, ride it like you stole it.
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    I don't know, a few hundred miles of that thumper screaming between her legs and Ews may be out of a job.

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    Just a remark on bikes for short riders. It's not only seat height but also seat width that matters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by woodsman View Post
    I don't know, a few hundred miles of that thumper screaming between her legs and Ews may be out of a job.
    Quote Originally Posted by Mike 40M View Post
    Just a remark on bikes for short riders. It's not only seat height but also seat width that matters.
    That's true. I was looking at a few 110 dirt bikes this weekend for my daughters and the Honda has a slightly wider seat than the Kawasaki, daughter could flat foot the Kawi, not the Honda
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    No worries, they work a lot better when your feet are on the pegs anyway just as long as you can reach those you should be able to ride it.
    What you do is hook your leg over the saddle and slide off the other side to put a toe down. Been there lots of times,
    also been where you can't put a foot down or you die.

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    At 6'2" I've never had an issue putting my feet down on anything yet
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    Happens when your front wheel is on a rock and your rear wheel is on a different rock and there is nothing but vertical drop between the wheels. Is a trials bike thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrialsRider View Post
    Happens when your front wheel is on a rock and your rear wheel is on a different rock and there is nothing but vertical drop between the wheels. Is a trials bike thing.
    Fair enough.

    After talking to my wife more about it this weekend, I almost have her convinced to let me buy a 19' W800 or a 19' Z900RS (but she said only the Cafe version because it looks like shit in that weird redish orange color). I like both bikes, just not sure which I would rather have. The parts guy at the local Kawi dealer has a z900rs and loves it, says its plenty comfy for riding two up, and enough bike for a good long solo ride without killing your ass or lower back. But I'll be damned if I dont love the look of that new w800.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ews View Post
    (but she said only the Cafe version because it looks like shit in that weird redish orange color).
    Your wife has questionable taste.


    Quote Originally Posted by Ews View Post
    I like both bikes, just not sure which I would rather have. The parts guy at the local Kawi dealer has a z900rs and loves it, says its plenty comfy for riding two up, and enough bike for a good long solo ride without killing your ass or lower back. But I'll be damned if I dont love the look of that new w800.

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    I had a chance to sit on both these bikes on Friday. I've ridden a new z900 non -rs and the older w650 so I also kind of know how they feel. As a fellow tall guy, get the z900rs, it's a way better fitting bike for taller riders. I loved the W650 I rode way back when and I can't imagine the W800 would disappoint, but the ergonomics were all off for a taller rider on the W800 I sat on.
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    Up here it would be a simple matter of which one you could not afford the insurance for.
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