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Old 03-23-2015, 06:57 PM   #1
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Question Bike size help

Sup guys, been on the forums a couple of days and I used to lurk because I was too young lel.
I'm still a baby but next year I'm gonna be 16 and I'll be able to get out on the streets with a bike :)

I'm not gonna chance anything, I'm a dwarf, 5'3 30 inch inseam.
I haven't ridden a bike in a long time after I had an encounter with a speeding minivan on a trail when I was a 4'5 10 year old boy.(headfirst through the front and back windshield, bike: R.I.Pieces )

I haven't been able to sit on a wr250r but it has a 26.6 inch seat height and I don't know If I'll be able to get my big toe on one leg on the ground (I'm pretty used to one toeing so as long as I can do that its all good in the hood) Anyone know of boots or gel seats that would be good to get it down so I can reach lol. anyways throw some suggestions out! :)

I'd imagine I would look somewhat like this on a tall bike lmao
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Old 03-23-2015, 07:20 PM   #2
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The WRR has over a 30" seat height, probable 32 to 34 inch, so if you have under a 32" inseam it may seam a wee bit high.
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Old 03-23-2015, 10:05 PM   #3
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I'm 5'7" and wear 30" inseam pants. I also ride WR250R, just able to get the ball of one foot down but that's ok.

Another factor, aside from your inseam, is also your weight. If you're really light then it is often difficult to set the suspension (of any bike) to get the proper amount of sag. Plenty of info here to read up on, but basically when you sit on the bike the springs should compress a certain percentage of the overall suspension travel. If the springs are too strong for your body weight then that makes the seat height seem taller.

If you're not going to be riding off road then there are plenty of street bikes with easier seat height.

If you are just going to ride some dirt but not primarily then maybe look for a used supermoto. They are lower than their dirt-oriented equivalent bikes, much better on the street, and typically small enough displacement that they won't raise your insurance.

DRZ400SM, WR250X are some good examples, but looking at used classifieds online I'm sure you'll find some.
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Old 03-23-2015, 10:32 PM   #4
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What about a TW200.
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Old 03-23-2015, 11:04 PM   #5
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My buddy has the Honda CRF250L. Similar to the WR250R but has a lower seat height.

Generally cutting out some seat foam can get you an inch or two lower seat height. Also lowering the suspension about an inch can also work.
So that is 2-3 inches lower right there.

Motorcycles do seem to be made for people of a certain height. Much shorter or taller and you have to make some modifications to make it work.
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Old 03-24-2015, 07:49 AM   #6
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Klr 650, get blocks for your feet!
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Old 03-24-2015, 08:01 AM   #7
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"minivan...headfirst through the front and back windshield"
I cant imagine how this is even possible.

If you're looking to ride trail and have a tag, that kind of limits your options. TW200 and CRF250L (as already mentioned) are probably going to be your best options. CRF230L is another option.
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XT250 would be a good choice as well. Low seat, newer models are fuel injected.
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Old 03-24-2015, 09:32 AM   #9
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Old 03-24-2015, 06:12 PM   #10
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Don't forget the klx250sf....low seat height and lighter than drz and wrx

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Old 03-24-2015, 08:49 PM   #12
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Should be short and a great starter bike, just avoid the interstate.
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Old 03-24-2015, 09:57 PM   #13
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Old 03-24-2015, 10:05 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by DaytonaMisifts View Post
I'm a dwarf, 5'3 30 inch inseam.
You're NOT a dwarf at those specs.......ya taller than my wife

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