i have and i like the 650r but i find it a little tall for me, when i sat on it my feet were barely touching the ground, thought about lowering links, but some have said it sucks for the 650.Visit the dealers and start sitting on lots of bikes until you get one that fits you.
thanks rrichter...i will look into that.I know you said sportbike but I was checking out seat height on cruisers with a buddy yesterday because he's 5'7" and has a short inseam. The 900 custom is 27" compared to 32" on my ZX6R. If not, I agree that the 650R would be a good choice until you can drop some of the weight. My guess is that a supersport wouldn't be too forgiving being extra top-heavy. Plus you would want more torque down low for taking off. A bike like mine has no muscle until 8k rpms. I can't spend too much time on this now cuz I'm at work but do a search on what the suspensions can handle on different models. Good luck, welcome to the forum.
gator...is that what i think it is coming out of your mouth!? yuck!!i was behind a guy maybe around 200lbs on a classic ninja 250 at a railroad crossing waiting for the train to pass. he looked like he was on a moped. the bike looked so small. i thought i hate to see what me and my girlfriend looked like on it. i bet the bike was completly swallowed up
I am 5'4" and I ride a 500R and I weigh in at 190. The bike has plenty of power for me to commute. Now with a passenger it is a huge difference in power. I would consider the 650R if I were you. You can have it lowered a little. I can straddle a 650R it is just a little higer than the 500R. You may not even need it lowered once you set on it you will compress the shocks enough to have a manageable seat height.im looking for commute and i really want a sports bike...nothing fast, just something I could really learn real good on and not go crazy on me and kill me.
im kind of short guy, short and fat! 5'4 i think my problem will be on my thighs when i sit on the bike, since im fat with short legs.
200 lbs is not very big. Most men weigh close to 200 lbs at least around the military.i was behind a guy maybe around 200lbs on a classic ninja 250 at a railroad crossing waiting for the train to pass. he looked like he was on a moped. the bike looked so small. i thought i hate to see what me and my girlfriend looked like on it. i bet the bike was completly swallowed up