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I'm thinking this would be a great fist bike for her. DCT would take out the clutch and I cant say thats a bad thing. All are cars are manuals and I love going threw the gears and so does the wife but she is concerned about learning how to use it and to be honest I'm a little concerned too.
 

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howworkclutch
an fz07 would be a great first bike for her, as many of our female forum members have proven.
 
plus that honda looks like arse

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so1102
(thankfully) I'm not your wife, so I cannot presume anything about what may or may not be appropriate for her. Many people on this forum have chosen our bike as their first, but that doesn't mean it is the right choice for everyone, necessarily.
 
If I were forced to recommend anything, I would recommend purchasing a relatively inexpensive used bike until she gains more experience and learns what she likes and doesn't like.
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Kwaipuak
Yup, A smaller, lighter used bike is the way I would go for anyone. If there comes a time that she needs to ride your bike for some reason, she would be able to after learning how.

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aeisan
an fz07 would be a great first bike for her, as many of our female forum members have proven. 
plus that honda looks like arse
We don't always see eye to eye, but we do on this one.  I agree 100%.   
I would value a clutch more over no clutch.  That's half the fun and honestly she should just learn it anyway otherwise she'll get pigeon-holed into clutchless bikes forever, limiting her potential for new bikes after that one.  

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howworkclutch
(thankfully) I'm not your wife, so I cannot presume anything about what may or may not be appropriate for her. Many people on this forum have chosen our bike as their first, but that doesn't mean it is the right choice for everyone, necessarily. 
If I were forced to recommend anything, I would recommend purchasing a relatively inexpensive used bike until she gains more experience and learns what she likes and doesn't like.
i like this.
 
and, maybe it would be a good idea to let her pick her bike.
 

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hippiebikerchick
This is one of many bikes I was considering buying. A friend has it with DCT and let me ride it. I thought it was fine but the ugly exhaust killed it for me. There is a ton of storage in what looks like the gas tank; that is really nice. For a cruiser style bike it can be ridden pretty aggressively.
 
If your wife is comfortable with a manual transmission car there should be no problem transferring that skill to a bike but she should probably start on a smaller bike to see if she likes riding first.

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jake
I told her the other day they they made bikes with automatic transmissions on them .... and she said that is what she would want.
 
I just have to get her on the FZ I know. I don't want to force it but I might just have to.I have the buell so if she liked the FZ then I would not even have to get another bike.

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massman
99% of all bikes require you to activate a clutch. You are severely limiting her options by getting her a DCT. Since you say all your cars are manuals, your wife should be able to use a clutch, so your post makes little sense :)
In fact, a sequential gearbox in a motorcycle is significantly easier than a manual car gearbox. Gearchanges on a bike is just up and down, compared to a stick. Take her to an empty parking lot and have her practice on your bike and she'll be fine.
 
Honestly I don't get why so many Americans are afraid of clutches. In Europe 99% of the cars are manual and women drive them with no problem. Automatic transmissions are mostly used by taxies and disabled people (not a joke btw).

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jake
99% of all bikes require you to activate a clutch. You are severely limiting her options by getting her a DCT. Since you say all your cars are manuals, your wife should be able to use a clutch, so your post makes little sense :) In fact, a sequential gearbox in a motorcycle is significantly easier than a manual car gearbox. Gearchanges on a bike is just up and down, compared to a stick. Take her to an empty parking lot and have her practice on your bike and she'll be fine.
 
Honestly I don't get why so many Americans are afraid of clutches. In Europe 99% of the cars are manual and women drive them with no problem. Automatic transmissions are mostly used by taxies and disabled people (not a joke btw).
I will say I don't think afraid I'd say more like lazy, but when your road to work is more like a parking lot a auto is the way to go.... My left legs is already 2x the size of my right lol. I mean to be honest if all I had to do was push a button that said go to work and I could sleep the whole way I would ;)  But on my down time on a road with the twisties that is a different story. 

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massman
At least have her try a proper clutchless bike, such as a BMW with "pro shift assistant" which is clutchless up AND downshifts, you still activate with your foot like usual. I drove a S1000XR and the gear changes are fast and instant and freaking awesome, like a formula one car. It also has technical stuff like ABS pro (some gyroscopic stuff with lean angle, front+rear brake wizardry etc) which increases safety so she'll be fine (this video makes it look pretty impressive especially at around the 3 minute mark where he slams on the breaks while in full lean:
). And cruise control for the commute. 
http://www.bmw-motorrad.com/com/en/index.html?content=http://www.bmw-motorrad.com/com/en/bike/adventure/s1000xr/s1000xr_overview.html¬rack=1
 
Although, a 1000cc might be a bit much for a first bike lol... Perhaps a smaller/cheaper BMW with pro shift assistant would be more suitable.

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Eastern Kayaker
Why not just have her take a basic motorcycle safety course?  The one downside from her perspective would be the bikes have a clutch for shifting. However, the bikes are small and she could always get an automatic for her bike after taking the class. Plus she learned on a MSF bike instead of your bike.
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rmdet
I told her the other day they they made bikes with automatic transmissions on them .... and she said that is what she would want.  
 

So based on this statement from your wife - it sounds like a done deal!! I would suggest going with what she wants (and what she may have implied she is agreeing to) so she can get started with riding. She may or may not stick with that specific bike long term, but it will likely get her into it.   
 
 
 

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hobbs
Just have her take the MSF course. She will find out then and there if she's uncomfortable and you'll only be out $250 or whatever it costs. Then buy a rebel or ninja for a couple grand. The road is a bit more intimidating than a parking lot, she may not like that. You can then resell the starter bike for most of what you paid for it and upgrade or opt out.
 
My humble opinion however, is that clutch skills are not the most important to proficient riding on the road. A whole slew of other skills like braking, situational awareness, reaction time, throttle control and reducing your negative reflexes are as, if not more important.
 
Not always, but stalling your bike at a light, in crawling traffic or a parking lot won't put you in as much harm as most scenarios not involving the clutch.

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pattonme
@massman, please note that technical googads like ABS do not repeal the laws of physics. The rider clearly straightened up his bike before applying maximum braking.
 
@jake, it is absolutely *imperative* that your wife take a professional riding instruction course (MSF, RidersEdge, or other sanctioned outfit) and pass well, not squeak by. Also, did she get her dream car as her first car? Of course not. Same rules apply to bikes. Get a cheap, light bike and remove all gratuitous plastic. Ride every couple days in traffic (even just 30 minutes and have her lead!) and roads for a solid 6 weeks. By then her comfort level (unlike men, women have a much stronger need for 'comfort') will be vastly increased and she'll have a decent amount of experience in handling situations.
 
Successful completion of a training course only certifies you to ride a 250cc bike in a controlled setting in a parking lot. It means squat with regard to your fitness to operate at road speeds among traffic and subject to the hazards therein.
 
I've taught MSF and commercial for 8 years in VA and IL and easily 1/2 of the class has been women.

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