Bike for a short person?

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by brandonmccann, Dec 15, 2012.

  1. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    Very good advice, and well described.

    I guess I did that, with the exception of a Ninja 636 in between the small and large dirt bike. I knew it was a mistake, but I won the bike in a raffle so it wasn't my fault. After being very fortunate to survive a year on that little devil, I resumed progression on a 600 dual sport, then the Aprilia. Starting out on something that can take a fall will save lots of money in plastic bits...
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  2. brandonmccann

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    Well, it won't be the first bike I've EVER ridden. I used to ride my dirt bike quite a lot as a kid. Eventually I just got too big for it and didn't have a place to ride nor did my dad have the time to take me, work and all. I did pretty well on it back then. I've got a few "Don't ever do that" scars ;)
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  3. greer

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    What's your general location, Brandon? You never know what Craigslist might turn up. Could be a local inmate would help you check out a used bike.

    Sarah
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  4. motolocopat

    motolocopat When in doubt gas it!

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    OK if you rode a dirt bike as a kid and were comfortable riding the wheels off of it then you should be able to handle something like the Shiver assuming you ride it with the respect it deserves.

    Someone mentioned Ducati Monsters and they are cool bikes. You can pick up slightly used ones that will hold their value real well and they are actually pretty simple engines and reliable.

    As for being short I lived in Ecuador for a bunch of years and rode with a bunch of guys there who were in the 5'5" range and they rode full sized dirtbikes with 36' seat heights ..just slide off to side of seat and one footed it.
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  5. brandonmccann

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    I live in Snyder. It's in west texas out by lubbock, san angelo, abilene, midland, sweetwater...those are all the closest cities that people tend to know of around me.
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  6. zen rider

    zen rider veteran rider

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    The following link lets you virtually sit on almost any make and model of motorcycle based on your actual height, inseam, and many other custom features (such as lower or higher seat, bar risers, etc). It also allows you to see knee bend (important for taller riders) with feet on pegs or feel off the pegs to see if you can flat foot. Super cool for comparing several models.

    But also consider the reality that most dirt bike riders hardly ever flat foot a bike, though these bikes are much lighter. The lighter the bike, the less important it is to flat foot in my opinion. A taller bike relative to your height may offer more leg room and therefore more long range comfort. The width and height of saddles and lowering links (dog bones) should be considered "variables" that allow for further customization.

    Try this link:

    http://www.cycle-ergo.com
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  7. TeneRay

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    I'm 5'4" at 145lbs with a 28" inseam and ride a V-Strom 1000 at stock height. I've rode a stock KLX400/DRZ400 and that's definitely a high horse. You just need to learn to work yourself around the bike when it comes to a stop. Height doesn't matter when the bike is in motion.

    If you need to plant both feet at a stop, get a cruiser.

    Take the advice if this is your first bike and don't let your ego get in your way. I can guarantee you you'll trash a brand new sport bike without having experience. I've seen it all the time being in the military. Happens like clockwork when Private Muldoon saved up a years worth of base pay while deployed just to come home, dump it into a GSXR, and then get himself killed because he had no idea how to ride the damn thing.
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  8. The Roadie

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    I would say any excuse for a weekend bike trip.. :D Take a weekend to go to the dealer, and see if you can find some cool backroads on the way. Either way you wouldn't lose.. I mean youre riding to go see more bikes!
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  9. sjc56

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    If you can find one a Moto Guzzi Breva 750 with the low seat.
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  10. kantuckid

    kantuckid Long timer

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    I've looked at it before & it shows my feet touching-when they don't- so it works better to just research the bike of interest ?
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  11. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    As someone else said, SV650. Plenty of power, lot's of used ones out there. Buy a used one, practice on it and then see if it's your thing. I learned from having an Aprilia Scarabeo that nothing is cheap or easy to get for it. I'd say forget the Aprilia as a first bike. You will make mistakes with it and it will be costly. Good luck.
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  12. Steveo.

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    I rode dirt bikes all my life, and am pretty good on one! and bought a Monster 796 as my first street bike. Put 9000 km on it the first year with no problems and didn't come close to laying it down, moving or not. I'm a short guy too (5'8") and found the Monster to be a great first bike.

    I also rode the Shiver but preferred the Monster. It's a really tame, smooth riding bike and if you're not going to ride it for more than a few hours at a time, I think you should at least consider one if you've been thinking of the Aprilia.

    Good luck, and ride safe.
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  13. bodhisattva65

    bodhisattva65 Been here awhile

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    My girlfriend is 5'3" and we got her a Harley Streetbob and it fit her perfect. Before all the Harley haters come out we have over 70,000 miles on it with ZERO problems. if you dont like the mini apes look at the other Dyna series.
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  14. brandonmccann

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    Neat link! Unsure of it's accuracy, but the link shows I would need to drop the bike down to about 30 inches.
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  15. brandonmccann

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    I went and measured my legs. The highest point of my legs is (roughly)between 31 and 32 inches. With my boots, I have an added height of about 2 inches(I measured without). The seat height for the 2009 shiver 750 is nearly 32 inches. Do you think I'd be able to flat foot it? I figure I fore sure could if I lowered the rear end a bit with either a different shock or the ShiverLowering Kit from Soupy's performance. With additionally lowering the front forks to compensate?
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  16. gplassm

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    Look at the lable inside your pants - there should be a tag with a size there. It should read something like 34-30, 36-32 or even 42-30. The first number should be your waist size, in inches, and the second number will be your inseam length (the number that is important here). I have a 30" inseam, and have ridden dirt bikes all of my life. I still do not like super tall, heavy bikes, like the DRZ's. One poster here had it right when he said that height does not matter much, if the bike is light. Bikes that are tall *and* heavy will give you problems. I am considering a V-Strom 1000, even though I read all about their tall seat height and top heaviness. When I actually sat on one, the suspension dropped a bit, and I sank into the foam a bit, and it wasn't bad at all
    If you are really set on an adventure style bike, I would suggest the V-Strom 650, or a new BMW 700.
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  17. greer

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    Or you might be able to gain enough just by cutting some foam out of the seat. I've done that a bunch of times. If your heart is set on this particular bike just take a day and go sit on the thing so you'll know for sure. We all know how bad bike fever can be, so be sure and get back to us. Good luck!

    Sarah



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  18. brandonmccann

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    Got the Shiver 750 :) I'll pick it up in a week or so or have it shipped here. I've gotta call the dealer tomorrow and see but..I got my bike! lol. It's the blue and silver one. I'll paint it black and gold once I get it paid off.
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  19. ArmSC

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    Grats on the new bike. I was going to suggest a superlow HD sporty. However, it seems like you got what you wanted. Be careful and patient...if youre not around then you cant enjoy the bike.
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  20. greer

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    Amen! Enjoy, but easy does it at first. Got a picture?

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