This is kind of a counterpoint to the "Taller Rider" thread. My wife is on the short side, though she prefers to be called "fun-size". At 5 foot 1 and 5/8 inches (my pops always told me once they start talking fractions, you know they're lying), she struggles to swing a leg over most anything taller than this I'm 6'3" if I stand up straight, so 13" taller. What works for me shouldn't even be a factor, really. My airhead looks comical when she's clambering around on it. She currently has a 150cc FI Vespa copy that she loves, and is taking an MSF course in the spring. If she catches the motorsickle bug, as I hope she will, I'd like to surprise her with a big-kid bike in the summer. Nothing against scooters, mind you. An actual Vespa w/sidecar is also on my personal shopping list... I was hoping to get some opinions from the ladies or the shorter-inseamed gents here as to what would be on their wish list in this situation. Is there a clear winner in the less-tall-newbie-rider class that leaves all others in the dust? She has specifically mentioned that fully-faired bikes such as the CBR250 or Ninja 300 leave her cold. Seems to like 'em nekkid. The only unkind thing I've read about the Guzzi V7 is "low on power" and "better for shorties", so that's high on the list. I like the HD 48 and Iron models because 'Merica. The baby Monster wets many a panty and is pretty affordable for exotic Eye-Talian iron. The Suzook TU250 is very traditionally styled, but also very manageable, so she might go for that. Let the voices of the Less Tall be heard!!!