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post #1 of 80 (permalink) Old 04-20-2006, 05:21 PM Thread Starter
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Any Petite women rider in here?

I am 5'2 and i have trouble riding...and i never see any1 my size ride a motorcycle b4. Please give me some hope!

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post #2 of 80 (permalink) Old 04-20-2006, 05:33 PM
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I've seen a couple of girls who are barely 5ft that ride sport bikes (unlowered at that ). I wouldn't recommend it to someone I care for, but if there's a will, there's a way.

Being short limits your options a lot. A lot of short women would go to the Harleys or metric cruisers just because of the height issue. And on a sport bike, you can lower the suspension considerably. However, this action will cost a good amount of money if you were to want to do the job right instead of just changing out the dogleg. You'd need lowered shocks and possibly cut down the forks. Just changing out the dogleg alone usually change the bike's handling characteristic enough to make it a hazard for a person to ride sportively. If you just want to putt-putt along then it wouldn't matter too much.

My niece at 5ft1 can ride the Kawasaki Ninja 250 just fine. She has to wear boots with some heels and thick soles. A saleswoman at SoCal Ducati who is barely 5ft tall has her Ducati Monster 620 lowered considerably.

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That new Ninja 650R is really low as well.

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i am only 5'2", maybe 5'3". i have a kawasaki zx636. i was concerned about the height and weight when i bought it, but i got me a set of the dog bone lowering links. to be honest, i haven't noticed any severe changes in handling, and i don't just putt putt around either. the links have served me well, i can touch on the balls of my feet with them (tip of tippy toes without). they are easy to install and relatively cheap (less than $100). with a set of these you should have no problem handling the bike. however, i strongly recommend starting on a 250 if this is your 1st time/bike. i had 2 of them before stepping up to the 636. they are rather light and very manageable for learning, and the seat height is a bit lower. you can do it girlfriend. no need for a cruiser bike. now get out there and get yours!

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Time for a trip to the dealerships and throw your leg over some bikes.... if you find one that is at least close to what you want/need you can always lower it to get that extra bit!




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i forgot to mention that i am only 98lbs
I luvs the ducati monster...I sat on a bimota db1 fits like a gloves BUT the power throws me off the bike.
Now i have a scooter aka Cagiva mito on my list (65mph, sad uh?)..hopefully i can upgrade to monster next yr.
I am an Italian bike fanatic- thank guys

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i'm 5'0 i ride an 05 gsxr 600 lowered 1 1/2" with boots and still on my tipy toes, but ive learned to stop with one foot.

I really dont get your question but feel free to Pm me if u like.

I been riding for almost 2 years, i've been to the mountains on my bike. Blood mountain and others. My boyfriend KP on the board is prepping my bike now for my first track day

I just purchased my leathers from speedwerks and its awesome!

BTW I have trouble parking lots of times because of the not being able to touch on both sides to manuver my bike. Most of the time I try to park uphill so u can roll back. Other times I push the bike back with one foot and lean the bike a tad. I keep my right foot on the brake, then sometimes my roommate pushes my bike back while I am sitting on it which helps alot.

If I have any trouble there are usually people around to help me. Once I had my bike parked on a hill in a parking lot and it was leaned over far.. so far I couldnt get it up so some guy wlaking by I asked him for a little help so he pushed the bike a tad over for me. This was at a bike night so it was ok he wasnt just some stranger walking by :-)

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Even tho I'm not as small as some of the other women here, I am vertically challenged also. I'm 5'5" and 105 lbs. and I have no problem with most bikes weight. As for the seat, that's a different story. Most sportbike inseams range 31" +.

I personally would never recommend lowing links. I don't like them nor trust them. Some of the people here have no problems with them, but at one time I did have one installed and it really messed with the handling, especially in cornering which is what I LOVE to do.

No one here mentioned shaving the seat. I just purchased 2 06' 600RR's and I'm having a problem with touching the ground. I can place most of the ball of my foot (not feet) on the ground, but I still feel unstable. I'm taking the seat off this week end and shaving a good 1' (inch) off. I like to have both feet planted firmly on the ground. Look into shaving the seat before using lowering links. Just my

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My girlfriend is 5'1, 108, and rides a Ninja 250 as her first bike. We are having it lowered at the dealership for her. She could ride it, but it was tippy toed with normal shoes. She needed one or the other, and I figured lowering it and having her buy bigger shoes would be the best option all around.
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My wife (FireNIce) is 5'2" and rode a GSXR 600 till I sold it. She did use lowering links and I did shave the seat. I also lowered front and rear equally. The only negative effects was a major loss in ground clearance. Mostly and issue while in the corners.

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The only negative effects was a major loss in ground clearance. Mostly and issue while in the corners.

See that's what scares me the most. YIKES! Honestly I would rather shave as much of the seat as I could or have one custom made. An issue in cornering is not an option, at least for me.

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I am 5'2" as well but thankfully I have really long legs!! I could only put the ball of my foot on the ground on the 600 i got first but then I went to a 250 and had no problems!! My friend is the same size but has short legs and she could touch comfortably on the 250 as well, but both of us wear boots with a fairly thick sole and at least an inch heel. I wear a two inch heel and my legs bend when I am sitting on my 250, keep in mind, if you buy a new bike, especially the 250's my friends and I have all noticed that after you ride it a bit and break it in it will actually sit lower than right off the floor!! I have another gf that just bought one also and she is only 5'0" and is doing AWESOME on the 250!!

I have the dog bone lowering links on the 600 and we dropped it just an inch and it has not changed the handling or the clearance noticably, but thats just my bike!! But since we did that I can sit it as well as or better than my 250 even!!!
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I am 5'2" as well but thankfully I have really long legs!! I could only put the ball of my foot on the ground on the 600 i got first but then I went to a 250 and had no problems!! My friend is the same size but has short legs and she could touch comfortably on the 250 as well, but both of us wear boots with a fairly thick sole and at least an inch heel. I wear a two inch heel and my legs bend when I am sitting on my 250, keep in mind, if you buy a new bike, especially the 250's my friends and I have all noticed that after you ride it a bit and break it in it will actually sit lower than right off the floor!! I have another gf that just bought one also and she is only 5'0" and is doing AWESOME on the 250!!

I have the dog bone lowering links on the 600 and we dropped it just an inch and it has not changed the handling or the clearance noticably, but thats just my bike!! But since we did that I can sit it as well as or better than my 250 even!!!
You have still yet to show us that thing pink. I want to see it completed. My girlfriend thought that was pretty cool. She is just starting to ride with me on my bike a little and I told her if she ever wanted to get her own I would help her as much as I could including putting her in MSF first.

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I'd wholeheartedly recommend starting on the Ninja 250 until you're comfortable with riding. The little 250 is very light and easy to handle even if you're on the ball of both feet.

If you don't have enough legs to sit on the bike and push it around then just hop off and walk the bike. I really don't understand the reasoning behind short people trying to lean this way and that way to try to push the bike around with only one foot. I'm not too short (5ft6) but I have short legs, so I simply swallow my pride and hop off the bikes every time I stop to maneuver them.

I'm on one-foot with most sport bikes and ball/tippy toe with both feet. Once you learn to handle the bike, balancing on one foot is no longer a big deal. I can ride those massive KTM and BMW adventure bikes just fine and I'm on the ball of one foot on those biggies.

Just start with a light bike and work yourself up.
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You have still yet to show us that thing pink. I want to see it completed. My girlfriend thought that was pretty cool. She is just starting to ride with me on my bike a little and I told her if she ever wanted to get her own I would help her as much as I could including putting her in MSF first.
weeellll, thats cuz it still in a million pieces ...I will update my old thread from when I first got it...so see that one later...BUT i did post pics of the pieces that are painted and ready to just put back together...it is going to be the best looking bike ever!! IMO, course I am a lil biased!!
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and where is your GF Vol, she should be on here chatting me up!! And the other ladies!!
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I'd wholeheartedly recommend starting on the Ninja 250 until you're comfortable with riding. The little 250 is very light and easy to handle even if you're on the ball of both feet.

If you don't have enough legs to sit on the bike and push it around then just hop off and walk the bike. I really don't understand the reasoning behind short people trying to lean this way and that way to try to push the bike around with only one foot. I'm not too short (5ft6) but I have short legs, so I simply swallow my pride and hop off the bikes every time I stop to maneuver them.

I'm on one-foot with most sport bikes and ball/tippy toe with both feet. Once you learn to handle the bike, balancing on one foot is no longer a big deal. I can ride those massive KTM and BMW adventure bikes just fine and I'm on the ball of one foot on those biggies.

Just start with a light bike and work yourself up.
As for the whole one foot and manuevering the bike, moving a big bike (not my 250) around when I cant touch even enough to back it up scares the outta me, i dont know how ya'll do it, or the other small women, it just doesnt seem safe!! What if you step in gravel, whoom, down ya go! scary...
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I will try to get her on here. I don't know how she will react to my rants though. Everytime I start to go on one, she tells me to shut up or risk the consequences. So needless to say she has never see me go on for awhile.

She probably won't like my avatar too much either.

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My wife (FireNIce) is 5'2" and rode a GSXR 600 till I sold it. She did use lowering links and I did shave the seat. I also lowered front and rear equally. The only negative effects was a major loss in ground clearance. Mostly and issue while in the corners.
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I am the same height and ride a GSXR 600. I did all the same to my bike.
I have had no issues with ground clearance, since I lowerd it only 1.5 inches.

I feel the issue with the corners on lowered bikes, is that you feel you are leaning more than you actally are, possibly from the center of gravity being lower.
Or you lean to much and drag a part (which I have never done, I do not ride aggresive at all)
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Hi all! I'm new to the forum, but thougth I'd put my 2 cents in on this one for my first post.....

I'm 5'2" and I ride a stock height '06 R6S. I can get the balls of my feet down with my riding boots on and feel pretty stable and comfortable with that. I've chosen not to lower it, and while I haven't found the height to be a problem at this point, if I did in the future, shaving the seat is where I'd start. I don't tend to roll around or back up with just one foot, but I will just get off and roll it around where I need to if I need to. No shame in that......I've also had people push me - like backing into a parking spot that I'm a couple feet shy of.

I got my R6S about a month ago and the light weight is a plus. Before that, I rode a Katana stock height. The Katana was a little lower (seat height), but it was much heavier. I've also been on a GSXR600 and found that height somewhere between the Katana and R6S. So...like someone else said, go to a dealership and sit on different bikes. That's basically what I did. There's hope for us shorties yet!!
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