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    Bike for a small person

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    missus ( cocopop06 ) is looking at getting a bike again... last time she rode (about 8 years ago) she had the old GPX250 ZZR250

    at first she was keen to have a look at the KTM RC390, so she send me down to Midland to have a look.
    Nice looking bike, but I realised it is actually pretty high for her, since she is only around 5 feet tall, and not too confident with tall bikes (yeah, I know... once bike is moving it doesnt matter)
    Next was a GSX250R which was lower by maybe 2-3 inches, with a shorter reach and I thought would be good for her... but then, she said it only comes in Black or Blue.... plus... it is a Suzuki
    Will check out the R3 this weekend...

    So we are looking out for some suggestions... her budget is around the $5K range.... around the 400cc range.... and not so tall....
    (She said she will only consider a cruiser if it is a HD..... NOOOOOOO........!)
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    If she liked the GPX250, have a look at the Ninja 300, as it's basically the same bike with a bored out engine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TurboR1 View Post
    If she liked the GPX250, have a look at the Ninja 300, as it's basically the same bike with a bored out engine.
    hmm... looks good... the Z300 looks pretty nice too... on the specs and seems like its 785mm seat height.... while the old GPX was at 740mm.... wonder if there is room to cut some of the foam off the seat?
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    correction... her old bike was a ZZR250 instead.... getting old and forgetful
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    My other half had a Ducati monster 696, but with the after market seat that dropped it. She's a little taller at 154cm or so. She could tip toe both feet, and comfortably stand on one foot. Don't know if there are older ones within the price range though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DQ View Post
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    That's getting extreme, he'd have trouble flat footing on a pit bike
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    It was tiny 5ft (ish) girl that bought my old CBR500, she could tiptoe and handle the weight of that, You can also get lowering links, 1" on the rear doesn't sound like much, but think it would make a world of difference, while probably not affecting the handling too badly.
    Seat height alone is probably not a good indicator of whether she's comfortable on the bike either, best to go swing a leg over them and be sure.

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    The most practical help I've seen has been in this magazine:



    Can't help on where to buy though, the reviews, articles etc are obvioulsy done by and aimed at women in Japan who are not typically tall.
    You can work out whats going on even if you cant read it from the pictures and google translate on the phone.
    Shame I've never seen an English language equivelant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DQ View Post
    yeh I have to kind of jump onto mine and hope it doesn't over balance the other way

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    That's getting extreme, he'd have trouble flat footing on a pit bike
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    Theres a Honda genuine part “low seat” option for the CBR500, takes about 2.5cm down. Apparently.

    That’d make it around 760mm.
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    Bikesales.com.au has a search filter for maximum seat height
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    Useful little page

    http://cycle-ergo.com/


    Maybe an older bike - they seem to be getting taller all the time
    designers prioritise the possibility to get your elbow down
    over being able to stop at the lights or get petrol easily

    Or a retro design
    Note: this may not be the universe where the above is relevant.

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    Motard? I am 5 ft f-all, and have a KLX250sf. It's super light and great to chuck around, so gives you confidence even with tippy-toes touching the ground.

    We also have a gravel driveway, so I don't mind so much if I drop it as it's virtually a dirt bike. (Not that I have dropped it yet, touch wood).

    The only bike that I found I could flat foot on was the old CBR250RR. Great bikes!
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    A motard would be a good idea actually.... will be having a look this weekend.

    Checked out the Yammy MT03 yesterday and it seems to be the right height.... Pity they didnt have a R3 on display though
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    Quote Originally Posted by paulie803 View Post
    don't make me make a fat joke Craig about your legs and bikes or thigh gap
    What's the issue with my thigh gap I can get a bike in there

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    my wife is 5'2 I got her on a CBR500R and lowered it a few inches.
    Her first bike was a VTR250 you can scoop 2 inches out of the seat without touching the suspension with them.

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    The small Ducati Monsters are pretty low.
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    Somebody here must know what sort of bike this is.

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    Looks like an ~98-00 VFR750F
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