Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: The 8th Ring
I Ride: 04 ZX6-R, 07 R6 (Sold), 09 DRZ400S (Sold, but forever in my heart) 2015 XT250
Hey Dee, Welcome to the forum!
I started on a ninja 250 and then bumped up to an 04 636 but I've ridden a lot of bikes in my time and I still prefer the ZX6R over most others. I'm 5'6 so height hasn't been too much of an issue (unless we are talking about the DRZ which was the only bike I've lowered ha ha). I think you'll enjoy the ZX6R but definitely don't underestimate the power that it has. If you're intimidated, try to avoid people who are ego driven and push you to ride beyond your limits. You're better off riding on your own. When I started riding, I had a mentor but then he moved so I spent most of my time riding solo because I didn't like the mentality of the local club riders.
As a chick, you'll certainly have no trouble finding dudes who want to ride with you, and if they are cool and respectful then right on! It might be harder to find women, especially other women who ride sportbikes. I'm not sure what the scene is there but you might try checking out any local motorcycle forums that exist in your area. Also try checking with your local motorcycle shops. Don't be afraid to ask if there are other women who ride in your area. I used to get calls from my friends at local bike shops pretty frequently letting me know that there is a new chick rider who was asking around about other women to ride with. I always thought that was pretty cool and I always made it a point to put myself out there for other women especially because it can be really intimidating.
One thing you'll learn (hopefully) is that motorcyclists are one big extended family. Of course, there are always the dysfunctional dimwits but I have made a lot of really, really great friends in the time I've spent on two wheels. So hopefully you do too.
Feel free to check out some of the stickied posts in the Motorcycle Talk and other sub-forums. There is a lot of great info here for new riders and a lot of great people to help you get to know your bike a little better.
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