Good first bike for a tall rider
I've been reading a lot of material on the web lately on what kind of motorcycle is appropriate for a new rider. Some have said that a 250cc is pushing it for a new rider while others are suggesting bikes upwards of 650cc. I suppose a big part is comfort level of the rider, but now comes my dilemma.
I'm 6'5" tall, weighing around 205 soaking wet. I wear 36-inch inseam pants so getting a bike I can touch the ground on will not be a problem. I am interested in both sportbikes and cruisers.
One of the articles I read on about.com said that a low center of mass is something to look for on a first motorcycle. They also expounded on the importance of a lightweight bike, which makes sense to me.
A short list of bikes that are often recommended for new riders (though not necessarily tall ones) are: Suzuki GS500, Ninja 250, Buell Blast, Eliminators, and Honda Nighthawk and Rebel.
Any other suggestions?