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I have a question. I am unfortunately very short. 4ft11 and a half. So the question is are any of you this short? My BF says a bike can be lowered but my legs can't grow LOL. Anyhow just wondering how tall you all are and what you have!!
 

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Well, I won't be of much help to you, as I'm 5'8" with a 32" inseam. I have a '95 ZX6R, which I'm not just flat-footed on, but my knees are slightly bent. I can flat-foot or nearly flat foot on MOST bikes (I think the KTM Super Duke is about the only one that feels unstable to me/that I can't get good footing on).

There's a thread in this forum on seat heights of most major manufacturer's bikes. More important than your overall height is going to be your inseam length... if you're of average height, but have a very long torso, then you're going to have less clearance than someone who's maybe shorter but has very long legs.

Many bikes can be lowered, though there's much debate as to whether or not this is safe. I'm of the opinion that bikes shouldn't be lowered as it compromises the handling. Bikes are engineered to perform optimally at their stock height, so when you alter the height, you're changing how it performs.

That said, there are "right" and "wrong" ways to go about lowering a bike. If it's done properly (and done the same amount front and back, i.e. if you drop it 1.5" in the rear, do the same in the front), you MIGHT not notice too much of a difference (but that's going to depend on the bike).

Another way to get some height is to get women's specific riding boots with some heel height. SIDI makes several styles of high quality, supportive, safe riding boots that can give you up to 2" in height. They'll have the ankle reinforcement and oil resistant sole that other riding boots will have, so you won't sacrifice safety. I do NOT recommend boots like the Icon Bombshell boots for riding. They're :drool hot, but they're truly not any safer than any fashion boots when it comes to riding (no matter WHAT Icon contends :nonod: ).
 

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Very Informative thank you. My inseam is 28 :( See what happens when u have two short parents? My Mother is 5ft even and my father (short italian ) was like 5ft5
 

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down boys, this is the ladies section. :sb:

i am 5'4" and i have an 04 kawasaki zx636 and an 06 harley davidson VRSCR street rod. both needed to be lowered. i am fine on the 636, but that harley weighs a ton! i really need to stay on top of my workouts to maneuver that around. :dthumb:
 

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5'5" here with a 32" inseam. I have a 2005 Kawasaki Z750S and for the first year I just rode it at stock height and sacrificed being able to manuever it around the garage or driveways.

This year I lowered it and I love it all that much more. I only lowered the rear end (lowering links) and after several miles of testinf I think it still handles just as well if not even better (perhaps better only because of the confidence gained in being able to touch the ground with more than tippy toes). I don't feel the front needs to be touched at all. Oh. I also adjusted the rear shock and that dropped the height some too. If you do lower the bike be prepared to adjust the hickstand as well.
 

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I am five one and all that I own is the ninja 250... and I am going through alot of trouble just to get it lowered...

What I always wondered was that the 250 is a starter bike, why wouldnt they make a sports bike that comes lower?? My brother started on a rebel 250 and I could touch on that, however I love the kawi green sporty look too much...

and so I am in the process of lowering my bike right now...
 

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I am five one and all that I own is the ninja 250... and I am going through alot of trouble just to get it lowered...

What I always wondered was that the 250 is a starter bike, why wouldnt they make a sports bike that comes lower?? My brother started on a rebel 250 and I could touch on that, however I love the kawi green sporty look too much...

and so I am in the process of lowering my bike right now...
Sportbikes by nature are higher and have a higher center of gravity. It's just the nature of a sportbike. :idk:

That said, the Ninja 650's were developed with a LOT of thought given toward women riders and newbie riders. They're a bit lower, and a LOT narrower through the saddle (I mean who cares if a bike has a 29" seat height if it's a HUGE, wide thing to straddle, right? :lol:) to give women a bit better footing.
 

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There are several "vertically challenged" women here...and you can def work your way around several things.

Everything Neebelung said is right on as alwaya!!

What you can also do is practice leaning over to one foot. I am not normally an advocate of the one foot stop, but my best friend is 5 ft even with VERY short legs. I am teaching her to stop with tippytoes, then parctice using the one leg to take the weight, so if she ever needs to she can.
 
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