So my wife is keen to get her license, and the Q-Ride rules that allow experienced drivers to take some training and move up to bigger-then-250 bikes immediately are going to run out in July this year. So if she doesn't want to be stuck with a 250 for a couple of years she should move in the next couple of months (in fact, she should book this week!) She's 5'3" (about 163 cm or so) and doesn't get much change out of 100 kg, and she loves the cruiser look and style, and has a bad back so a sports riding position is out of the question anyway. We've been looking at various cruisers like the Honda 750 Shadow and the Yamaha XVS 750 on Bikesales, as well as checking out any we find in bike parking areas. i think she'd be fine to start on a 750 cruiser. The weight is low enough and the seat low enough that she'll have plenty of foot on the road. With some training and practice I think that'd be OK. But I could be wrong - I've never ridden any of these bikes. What would they be like for an absolute beginner? Should she go for a 250 Virago instead? Or, at the other end, there are some very nice cheap 1100 Viragos around. Would they be just way too much for a beginner?