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Apr 11

Posts: 2

bumchicken says:

CB600 for ladies? The jump from 125cc


I'm a lady biker who has recently passed her test and I'm now looking to buy a bigger bike.. In particular, I have my heart set on a Hornet. From what I can tell it's a good all-rounder, very dependable and restricts moderately well.

My concern is that I'm  5ft5 and not very strong. I've sat on one and can get both feet on the ground but I'm not sure how difficult I will find handling it - could any lady (or smaller male!) Hornet owners chime in with their experience?

And does anyone have any general advice for minimising embarassing drops etc when making the leap from 125 to big bike? :-)

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Jan 11

Posts: 267

cairnsie13 says:

you can

get the seat lowered and made thinner if you know what i mean so its easier to touch the ground. My girlfriends is thinking of riding and she can just the touch the ground with tiptoes and shes about 5ft4 on my hornet. Other than that fit good crash bungs as with them hornets generally dont sustain much damage when dropped. Other than that its just experience and luck. Just practice in empty carparks etc. Also dont drive into a busy supermarket carpark its like suicide especially if u dont want a low speed drop.

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Mar 11

Posts: 121

CharlieSYLO says:


Once the bike is moving then to all intents and purposes it's weightless. If you've got your feet on the floor already then you can hold it up at lights etc. If you drop it then you'll need help getting it back up like anyone else. Just because you're female doesn't mean you won't have the same problems us males do :biggrin:

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Feb 08

Posts: 817

Andy949494 says:


Having had an extended loan of a (later model) hornet some time ago I would expect it would be very good for you. They are fairly small physically and have very sweet handling (Suspension is perfect being soft enough for bumpy roads but well controlled). You say that you can get both feet on the ground so that should be very confidence boosting too. It really had to be revved to get any power so it was very easy to ride gently and controllably and is unlikely to catch people out on damp surfaces etc. It had a lovely wail too when revved.
 My only concern for you would be its performance when restricted - even when not restricted it is very gutless (needs revving to make it move although that was the fun). If you are happy with its performance when restricted then go for it. They are lovely bikes and I would love one now (I need a bike with a fairing to keep the cold off and dislike 4000 mile service intervals because of the cost).
Advice wise (In no particular order):
To avoid drops etc always plan low speed stops and make sure its not on gravel! If it is slow gently and on your rear brake but try and avoid...
Also if the ground is just damp (not drenched but damp) be especially careful. This is when the road is most slippy with oil, diesel or rubber making the road slippery even to walk on.
If you see an oily scum on the road beware! It will be slippery.
When coming to a stop if you are short in the leg think about which foot to put down and where its going to go. Sometimes its easier to put down the right one if the camber in the road is severe. Also I sometimes do this for right hand turns...
Lastly when parking try and park your bike so you have to push it backwards downhill (you can use the engine to push it up).
Enjoy your biking.

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