We hit 400,000 visits sometime this week! It’s been Blast!! Thanks Again!! Half a Million! Here We Come!
I have a special request from Matt for a bike for his wife. I have to admit that I’m a bit stumped on this one. My wife is 5’0″ also and I can’t think of a bike that would fit her frame to the specs that Matt is looking for. Any bike that might work would still have to be lowered quite a bit. Anyone have any suggestions? You can either e-mail me (and I’ll post it) or put it in the comments!
My wife is a big fan of motorcycles. Being 5’0″ tall and 100 lbs she’s pretty limited in selection, even more limited when you find out she loves sport bikes and isn’t very interested in much else. Cruisers are definitely out, and other categories of bikes typically don’t meet her performance and beauty/form requirements. The biggest bike she’s owned is a lowered Kawasaki Ex500. She’s ready for her next ride, Kawasaki redesigned the 250 and dropped the 500. We’re having a lot of trouble finding anything that wouldn’t need to be lowered so much that the handling is compromised, but still has more power than the lawnmower. (no offense to smaller bikes, we love them, handling is unmatched, we’re just looking for something specific here)
I’m very much a fan of your blog, and am wondering if you’re willing to ask your audience for recommendations on what her options are. Are there 500cc or greater sport/sporty bikes out there that a little’n like my wife can handle? Once she gets moving she’s a highly skilled rider, but she needs to feel comfortable stopping, walking, and maneuvering the bike with her little frame. What are we missing?
Thanks a ton!,
Matt (and Beth, though she doesn’t know it yet)
from Fort Collins, Colorado
Really, I can’t say enough how impressed I am with the diversity and craftsmanship of the bikes you post. It’s been a continuous source of inspiration for my own projects. Thank you.
I continue to be amazed at how this casual little hobby of mine has grown.
More than ever I want to thank all of you for stopping by and more importantly for all your help in making this place grow. I haven’t checked the numbers but I’m pretty sure that my single biggest source of material is now coming from reader submittals! So in a very real sense, this site is as much (or more) yours than mine. And for those of you that have asked I’m still having a ball. Sure there are days I get distracted with work and family and such but I’m a long way from burnt out. So please keep sending them in and Thanks!.
For Those of you who spend time on motorcycle message boards you’ll get a kick out of this.
How many motorcycle forum members does it take to change a light bulb?
1 to change the light bulb and to post that the light bulb has been changed
14 to share similar experiences of changing light bulbs and how the light bulb could have been changed differently
7 to caution about the dangers of changing light bulbs
6 to argue over whether it’s “lightbulb” or “light bulb” …
another 6 to condemn those 6 as stupid
2 industry professionals to inform the group that the proper term is “lamp”
15 know-it-alls who claim they were in the industry, and that “light bulb” is perfectly correct
19 to post that this forum is not about light bulbs and to please take this discussion to a light bulb forum
11 to defend the posting to this forum saying that we all use light bulbs and therefore the posts are relevant to this forum
36 to debate which method of changing light bulbs is superior, where to buy the best light bulbs, what brand of light bulbs work best for this technique and what brands are faulty
5 People to post pics of their own light bulbs
15 People to post “I can’t see S$%^!” and their own light bulbs
7 to post URL’s where one can see examples of different light bulbs
4 to post that the URL’s were posted incorrectly and then post the corrected URL’s
13 to link all posts to date, quote them in their entirety including all headers and signatures, and add “Me too”
5 to post to the group that they will no longer post because they cannot handle the light bulb controversy
4 to say “didn’t we go through this already a short time ago?”
13 to say “do a search on light bulbs before posting questions about light bulbs”
1 to bring politics into the discussion by adding that George W. isn’t the brightest bulb.
4 more to get into personal attacks over their political views.
1 moderator to lock the light bulb thread.
1 forum lurker to respond to the original post 6 months from now and start it all over again.
Thanks To everyone for the “Five Favorites” Feedback! I’m going to do a little digging into the bikes that folks submitted and comment on it later. Maybe pull some of the interestng choices and see what I can come up with by way of images. I think we’ll do something on a Five Favorite “anything goes” (as opposed to production bikes only) thread sometime next week so give it some thought and please stay tuned.