My wife started out with a Suzuki Savage 650, that bike weighed about 350 pounds and I loved riding it short distances. Had a ton of power from that little thumper motor, but was light enough that you could do anything with it. She learned very well on that bike, but couldn't ride it more than 30-40 minutes because it transferred all the bumps and vibrations right into her. So, I bought her a Vstar 650 and she loves it, she's put a Mustang seat on it, V&H
Shortshots, jetted the carbs. It's a nice bike. She's put over 2000 miles on it since May. It fits her well and she is 5'8".
That being said, she has only moved my R* in the front yard, the weight of it concerns her (not the power)and keeps her from riding it. She feels that it is simply too heavy. She is really interested in a Raider. I know they are almost as heavy as our R* but, their balance makes them feel lighter. We'll see if she gets one down the road or if she becomes more comfortable with the R*