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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by quietfighting, Jan 20, 2008.
Damn! I have two images. Early Kiss- Gene Simmons -and a big froed hoochie in 1979. "You looken' for a date honey?"
Here is a good option..Why use a carrier, when you've got a glove box to store it in instead....
The Suzuki DR650 is a lead pipe cinch for the requirements you have stated. The BMW f650gs does have a lower seat height but the price will bw twice as high. The DR is bullet proof realiable.
Just yesterday, I picked up a 2008 Suzuki DR650 with 17 miles on the odometer. It already had been lowered and had the gel seat installed. Recalling that I have a 32 inch bicycling inseam (barefoot from the floor to my pubic bone), I easily flatfoot the bike on both sides.
I've got both the XT225 and the DR650 (lowered and with gel-seat) and with my 28 inch inseam I'm comfortable on both. I just have to pay a little more attention to where I stop on the 650 as on a high crown dirt road I've found myself on my tippy-toes a time or two.
Of the two, I think you will be happier in the long run with the DR650 for what you say you want to do.
A link and raising the forks in the triple clamp can likely do the trick for you with your inseam, as I am sure many have said.
But if you want to drop it more like about 3+ inches to get more flat footed, and this is totally reasonable in most cases because these bikes have 10" of travel or so, consider spending some money to have it done right. Either get a good trusted mechanic or a suspension specialist to have the suspension travel shortened properly. You can send the fork legs and shock (must be rebuildable like the XRL is) to a suspension shop like Race Tech and they can do about anything you want.
They can put spacers in the forks and shocks to limit travel and lower the bike with no risk of bottoming against fenders and keep the geometry closer to original. It is very commonly done on flat track and some supermoto bikes. It isn't really cheap to have specialty shops do the work, but the valving and spring can be modified to suit your personal use. If you know a good mechanic it may be less expensive.
If you get a decent buy on a used bike or if you just have the extra cash, it's the way to go. I knew of a few MX riders who wouldn't even ride the bike first, the forks and shock went to Race Tech or similar shop for set up.
I would also go for the DR 650, the seat can be lowered to accommodate a short person, as well as the front forks. However, adjusting the front forks can cause stability problems at higher speeds. You can get a Kuodo kit for the suspension as well.
I hade an older XL600R that I loved and did a lot of mods like inverted forks and other fun stuff. I lost money after a short time because I hated the kick start. I got a KLR650 after looking at several bikes. Mine has a 2" lowering kit and is good to go with enough clearance to get around just fine. Erod has a new style (2011 I think) KLR650 with a lowering kit and low Corbin seat. He goes all over with his wife and he is a short little bastard. PM Erod for questions about seat height and inseem issues. I think he would be a fine resource for shorter guys. His only problem with lowering was clearance on his center stand when cornering and off road. Seriously... PM him. Link to his profile is below:
wow, I was just reading along, and then I saw my own reply, and noticed this thread was 4 years old! I'd say the OP's honeymoon and/or purchase was a done deal!
I dont know how the hell I stumbled on this tread. Yes... I am a jackass. Please delete nuke or otherwise destroy the evidence moderators.
I am 5'7" and i have short legs. I ride a 2000 klr650. The bike is pretty tall. I mount it by stepping on the peg and getting on like a horse. I've thought about lowering it, but havn't done it yet. You shouldn't have a problem getting one for the price your looking to spend, and it will handle 2 up.
Just a thought. What about a supermoto? for easy dirt i loved mine........
This thread is from '08...
It wasn't all that long ago but man shit has changed! Kinda amazing how obsolete some of the info on here is to. Stock Suzuki jell seat? Everyone knows thats garbage these days.
KLR 650 is too tall and big for someone 5'8". My friend is 5'10" and he sold it because he felt it was
too tall. I'm 5'7" and also thought my '09 was too tall and ergonomics was wrong for short
leg and arms people. I sold it. Don't let someone 6 foot tall tell you it's not too tall and big.
A good test I developed is to tip the bike over 45 degrees, and try to use your leg to straighten
the bike back up.If you can't get the bike back up after leaning over like that, it's too tall.
I believe a DR 650 SE with the factory lowered option and a gel seat would be low enough.
Tall bike can be ridden by short folks. But that's just no fun at all. Riding should be fun. Not a struggle.
If the tall bike is a struggle on the road(attempting to mount in unique ways) then off road,could be less than desirable(I had a xr650l.....I know).