Another what bike thread, sort of - but one for the girls. My relatively new girlfriend is currently a fully licensed scooter rider who has toyed with getting into motorbikes. She has never ridden a manual bike but can drive a manual car. I am encouraging her to do her L's course on a manual bike and to see how she feels. Obviously I am very keen for her to get a bike as it opens up lots of weekend riding fun (and she can trade in the yellow vespa [cough]). And yes, shes hot… Not being under any restrictions she doesn’t need to stick to LAMS bikes. I have talked to her about a few options and she sees the sense in what many of us have learnt the expensive way that a 250 isn't necessarily less intimidating than a bigger bike as a bit more weight and grunt is actually more reassuring. Having said that, I ingored the sage advice that bigger is better and went 250 (virago) to cb400 to striple myself, she trusts that I am being honest in my appraisal and not just egging her on to get something stupid. She is about 5'7" and pretty strong (a nurse, so used to hefting unruly patients around) - I would say being able to flat foot it as a new rider is essential so seat height must be under 30". She likes my striple (sensible girl) and goes for the sporty naked look. So, to the relatively newbie ladies: What do you ride now that you are off restrictions? What do you particularly like about it? What else did you try and why didn’t you like it? Also, with the end goal of encouraging her towards the sensible choice of getting into proper bikes could you share any stories about initial trepedation and then getting hooked, or, being talked into it by your other half? Finally and most importantly, am I being blasé about not getting a 250? I remember finding the CB400 far easier to ride than the virago, but I had the experience of those first tentative months getting used to something really low and gutless. Aye-thankyaw.