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  1. OPIPE

    OPIPE Limited User

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    Hey All,
    I need some guidance ( aka expert advice ) from you all.
    I am in the process of outfitting my wife with a “new to her” trail bike.
    I think I found one ( KLX140 ).

    Problem is, it’s over 3 hours away, I don’t really want to drag here and the kids on a 6 hour road trip.
    So, I called the local dealership, and luckily they had a brand new version of the exact bike on their show room floor.
    Off we went to test fit.

    When we got there, they actually has the exact model I was looking at, and a “large” wheel version, of the same bike.
    Everything about the bikes is exactly the same, with the exception of the wheel size.
    Large wheel is 16” rear, and 19” front
    Regular is 14” rear, and 17” front.

    Here is where you all come in.
    She looked fine on both bikes size wise, however she could touch 90% flat footed on the regular version.
    On the large wheel version, she was not quite tippy toe, but more like front ball of her feet type of touching.
    I have done a bunch of ready on how she should contact the ground, and when I asked here, she said “ they are both good “……ugggh

    Now, keep in mind, she is Brand New to motorcycles, and I mean complete newbie, and has never ridden a two wheeler before, so I don’t want to buy her a bike that is too large, but at the same time, I don’t want to buy her one that is too small.

    Technically speaking, the seat height difference between the two bike is only 1”, but again, I want to make sure she if properly fitted.

    What are you thoughts?

    Should she be more flat footed while learning
    OR
    Is balls of the feet contact acceptable.

    Let me know as soon as possible, as I am off on a Road trip Saturday morning if you all think the “regular” version is best.

    Thanks for reading this long post.
    Cheers
    OPIPE
  2. suprf1y

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    Get the big wheel.
    With boots on it will be better, and you can always back off the sag in the rear and drop the forks a bit until she gets used to it. The smal wheel is a little kids bike.
  3. Randy_K

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    What Suprf1y said.
  4. OPIPE

    OPIPE Limited User

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    Dang,
    I was hoping you would say the opposite.

    Reason being, I cannot find a used - Large Wheel version of the KLX, and god knows I can't afford a new one.....ugggh.

    Ohwell, Thanks for the advise

    Any other thoughts out there?
  5. EOL

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    If you're looking at the 2009 on kijiji for $1200 PM me. Not related to the bike in anyway or selling one myself. Just trying to save you some time...

    Also just as an FYI, the differences between the two models go beyond wheel size and include shock and swingarm.
  6. OPIPE

    OPIPE Limited User

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    Thanks EOL.
    Yes, understood, I was just keepiong it simple for purposes of exaplanation in this thread... :)

    I have also sent you a PM.
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    Come on. Your wife is worth it
  8. 3BeeJay3

    3BeeJay3 ODSC Past President

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    Once she's geared up and the sag is properly set, she should be able to reach fine. Get her in into a proper training day, which will help a ton as well.
    The best way to overcome the height issue on a bike is by riding standing up, not seated. When a person gets comfortable riding while standing, they don't think about seat heights much after that.
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    You can also look at a TTR125 or KLX/DRZ125. The DRZ's are typically cheaper than all of them.
  10. OPIPE

    OPIPE Limited User

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    Thanks All.
    I have been looking for a bike for her, now for approx. 6 months.
    I haven't ruled anything out ( TTR 125, CRF 150F or KLX ), with the exception of the DRZ ( only reason being, is the lack of Electric start ).
    Just thought an e-start would be a smart way to keep her interested ( instead of having to kick start a bike each time after a fall ).

    Honestly, I had my heart set on the KLX140, when I realized there was 2 versions.
    I just don;t want to miss a good deal for only a slightly larger machine.
    And because she is completly new, it might be good to stay on the small size. I don't think we are going to riding a million miles this summer, but then again, if she gets bit by the bug, you never know.


    I appreciate all to feedback.

    O
  11. Roy

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    I'd go with the small wheel version - partly because you have found one in your price range, and because she will be more confident on it.
    Be warned though - Assuming everything goes well, she will probably be ready for something bigger in a year or two, depending on how much riding she does this year.
  12. OPIPE

    OPIPE Limited User

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    Thanks Roy!
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    If you don't get whatever she is comfortable with, you might scare her off of riding. Upgrading is something that just happens with riding in general, it is what we all do.
  14. OPIPE

    OPIPE Limited User

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    Well,
    Looks like we bit the bullet.
    I appreciate all the feedback, and comments.

    In the end, we ended up going for the standard wheeled size ( the non-L ) Kawasaki.

    For a couple reasons.
    I could not find a decent shape Large wheel version in my price range.
    Second, after a long debate, we thought it better to error on the side of caution, and have her super comfortable on the bike, and like many said above, we can upgrade once she has mastered this bike.
    On the standard wheel size, my wife is about 80-90% flat footed, and not cramped up at all when her feet are on the pegs. So it fits her pretty good.

    So on staturday, I picked up an 09 KLX140. It was a bit of a drive, but the bike is clean, and seems to run really good.
    It was pretty funny, because once the deal was complete, I texted her a picture of the bike in the trailer, before I left the sellers house indicating she was the proud new owner of a Green machine.
    The funny part was , by the time I returned home with it, my wife was basically waiting outside with her helmet on, wanting to try.
    So who am I to say no...she hopped on, and I tried to provide some bascis instructions, and off she went.
    After a couple stalls, she was onto it, and had completly figured out the starting and stopping with a clutch. I was so impressed.
    So around the yard she rode, and rode, and rode....it was almost dark out, and I had to call her in.
    324 kilometers later she returned with a bike smile, and said, and I quote, "now I totally understand why you guys like riding you bikes, it so fun!!!"

    It's going to be a fun summer!

    Cheers
    OPIPE
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  15. EOL

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    Congrats on the bike purchase man! Sounds like it couldn't have worked out any better for you! With the warm weather this week I'm sure she'll get lots of opportunity to practice up for the opening of the ganny in a couple weeks.