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I am new to the motorcycle world so I bought a Piaggio MP3 250cc to start on. I have my permit but no one to ride with. Are there any beginner clubs in my area or at all anywhere?

Dee Lynn
Kankakee, IL
Friday, May 4, 2018
Editor Response
Please check out our directory of women's motorcycle riding clubs here. As far as we are aware, none of them designate themselves as being "beginner clubs," but most of them will welcome new riders. If you don't see one in your area, be sure to check the national and international clubs listed, as they have multiple chapters.

Good luck!
Tricia Szulewski, Associate Editor
I recently talked to my dad (who still has his old Honda CB550 in the garage) about getting my first bike, and was promptly told by Mr. "you couldn't even handle a Honda Rebel" that it wasn't possible. I'm determined to prove him wrong. I'm 5 feet 2 inches (inseam about 29 to 30 inches) and 135 pounds (all muscle). I'd like to start out on something a bit bigger than a 250cc, but I'm mostly just concerned with being able to handle the bike. Does anyone with similar vertical deficiencies have a suggestion for me?

Simi
Wilmington, NC
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Editor Response
Hi Simi,
You have a great attitude and disposition about learning to ride. I hope you will take the time to browse our Beginner's Guide section, as it is full of great advice about how to start the process, what kind of motorcycle to choose, and much more. The most important piece of advice is to start with a beginner's motorcycle class. They will have small displacement motorcycles that are most appropriate for learning on. You can then ask the advice of your RiderCoaches about what they would recommend for you and your skill level going forward.

In addition, you may want to read some of our readers' opinions about this subject here, when a reader asked a similar question about what motorcycle to start with.

Best of luck! Welcome to the club.
Tricia Szulewski, Associate Editor
I took the beginner's course through Harley-Davidson and took good stuff away from it but I was disappointed in the lack of appropriate-sized bikes for first time riders, or for female riders with a diminutive frame.

I had to take the practical portion twice. The trainer bike size coupled with the power of the bike is intimidating, the wide straddle was conducive to buttock cramps and the reach to the handlebars was too far. True as said in the article above, I spent far more time focusing on wrestling control of the bike...assimilating new info and coupling it with its execution got short shrift.

I thought to myself that H-D is making a serious mistake here. No time was wasted to sell the brand, play up to the service department, and trying to cull a sale. My inbox was blown up with H-D this, that, and the next...but my needs were barely a second thought, if that.

Glad I stumbled onto this site. Yay.

Ina Springer
St Petersburg, FL
Saturday, March 11, 2017
This was so unbelievably helpful. Of course being excited for tax returns, having three babies and never getting out of my sleep clothes, mom has spontaneously decided she wants a bike. I never have mom or me time so this is ideal. I'm interested in the Kawasaki Ninja 250R. For one, it's in my price range and two, I'm 5 foot even and maybe 125 pounds. I have an athletic build so I'm not too worried about holding it up or keeping control. I will definitely visit this website I'm sure hundreds of times in the next two months before I find and make my purchase.Thank you ladies.

MariJayne
Opelika, AL
Friday, December 30, 2016
Editor Response
Welcome to the wonderful world of motorcycling! Before you head out to spend your well-deserved tax return on an excellent beginner's bike, please consider enrolling and completing a safety course first. Take a look at our beginner's guide section about training classes here before heading to the dealership.

You may find that you prefer a different kind of seating position, style of bike, or maybe even a more powerful one. In any case, the class will be a great introduction to motorcycles, and will offer the opportunity to ask your coaches for their advice and make connections with other new riders in your area.

Best of luck!
Tricia Szulewski, Assistant Editor
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