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I'm definitely looking for cruiser type motorcycles. I like the V-Star's, but the 250s seem just way too small for me, I know I'm going to be really cramped on it.

I am 5/11, I weigh 125 pounds, my arms are long, and I have a 33 inseam. Those 250 cruisers just seem to small for me.

But I'm a straight up beginner. I have absolutely zero experience with motorcycles or dirtbikes, so I need something that isn't going to get away from me.

So what would you folks recommend for someone like me?
 

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Cruisers are a little different from sports bikes from what I've read on these forums I think. I'd guess you can go up just a bit more in power until you find one that suits you.
 

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I'm about .5 inch taller and same inseam. Just started riding 5 months ago. I'd say go for a Virago or Rebel if you like the cruiser style and feel - you will be fine. The seat height doesn't matter and if your feet feel cramped on the controls, you can get different pegs, and/or extensions to push the pegs forward a few inches.

I started out on a Yamaha XT 250 dual sport because I thought I needed the higher seat height; but later when I took a BRC course, they furnished Kawasaki Eliminators (cruiser similar to Rebel but single cyl 125 displacement) and I liked it.

Soon after I bought a V Star 650 Custom. (Great bike - LOVE it! But I do see a Harley Dyna in my future at some point.) The heavier weight was very noticeable, but manageable. I'd recommend starting on a 250 if you are a raw beginner starting from scratch. Yes, you'll grow out of it quickly, but it's a very good first step to take that makes learning easier/safer in my opinion. Could you start right out on a 650 with no experience at all? Yeah, probably; but if you start with a lighter bike you are stacking the odds a lot more in your favor and making it easier on yourself to learn. Used Viragos and Rebels are plentiful and cheap.
 

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<6 Feet tall, with an oversized nose! (lol)

With bikes, all that mattered to me, was if I could "flat foot" it when sitting still. It never ceases to amaze me, when I see a person too small for the bike they're on (imho) who have only the toe of their shoes, holding them balanced. Not a great idea, if you ask me.

-Soupy
 

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if the Rebel is too cramped, try sitting on a few other bikes to get a feel for them....Kawasaki Vulcan 500, Suzuki Boulevard S40 (650cc) or the S50 (805cc) a cruiser bike has more low end power than speed, the biggest thing with a new rider (as cruisers go) is the weight of the bike, then you get to engine sizes....I started out on a C50 (805cc) but I rode as a kid.....

go out to the local bike shops and sit on everything you can, find what fits you size/weight wise then look for used....the reason I suggested the S series of Boulevards is because they are a smaller frame bike, low seat height, lower weight than the C or M series
 

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Why not look at the new HD Street bikes or the Indian Scouts? Both are intended for new riders and both are able to be so much more than a basic bike. If you give that Scout its free will it will jerk your arms from their sockets.
 

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Are you only looking for cruisers? If not, I would suggest an adventure bike like the Suzuki V-Strom 650, the Kawasaki KLR 650, or the BMW F650GS.

I'm your same size and the BMW F650GS is very comfortable. If looking for one, just stay away from a low suspension model. They can be found for $2500-$5500 used depending on the year.

The F650GS is a great bike, and most of the bikes that you will find made since 2001 have ABS. This is a must-have feature in my book.

The F650GS is a single cylinder engine also know as a "thumper". It has a wide and smooth torque curve. It's nothing like a 600cc sport bike, which I would not recommend.

I learned to ride on a 2001 F650GS which I still have. It's a great, reliable, economical (60+ mpg), bike that I will never "outgrow". It's nice to know that I can ride it almost anywhere.
 
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