The Shortypants Thread: We are short women and this is what we ride

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Region Riley, Mar 18, 2011.

  1. ElleDubs

    ElleDubs Been here awhile

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    Meet my new to me 2008 Honda CRF150R :D:D:D

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    I'm 5'2" and this bike is stock. I can flat foot with a teeny bend in my knees.

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    I have been riding motos for 6 months now and am on my second bike already. That shocks me! I thought after carefully reading this thread I could learn from all you gals and cut to the chase buying the "right" bike the first time. That was an XT225 http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?p=19402044#post19402044

    But then I kept turning my XT225 onto more interesting roads, which turned into trails and soon I had thoughts of a lighter rig with more vroom. So I seem to be following the tracks of all you RFS chickas now.

    I'm lovin it and can't get enough :D
  2. GailCallsMeKarl

    GailCallsMeKarl Squirrel w/ no nuts

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    Congrats!! I love my 150R!
  3. crypto666

    crypto666 Long timer

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    This thread has been super usueful for my wife and I also.

    Weight became the most critical thing on my list, but I figured we also needed enough power for room to grow.

    I finally decided to go with a used CRF250x. I just finished putting a 10mm spacer in the rear shock and will be lowering and respringing the forks soon. With the lowered rear and forks slid all the way into the clamps, 5'4" Heather is still on her tippy toes, but I predict she will grow in to it soon enough. She has no problem picking the bike up also.


    You girls are just hard to setup. First the bike you need doesn't exist in stock form. Then the riding gear has to be a mix of youth and extra small adult, and stylish, which seems tough to find.
  4. Region Riley

    Region Riley rally kit widow

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    I rode my KTM today and it was awesome. That is all. :D
  5. HappyCRNA

    HappyCRNA AllTalkNoAction

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    Hey, That's Enough! Good for you!!!!
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  6. ElleDubs

    ElleDubs Been here awhile

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    Beauty!
  7. birchbarx

    birchbarx Adventurer

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    Wow, ElleDubs, you must have a tall inseam to be able to flatfoot your XT225! I
    m 5'1" and sat on an XT250 (same seat height as the 225) the other day. I barely touched the tips of my toes to the showroom floor. Did you lower the bike at all?
  8. ElleDubs

    ElleDubs Been here awhile

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    You know it had bald tires! I bought a 2006 with the original tires on... I replaced the tires with new ones with real tread and can barely tippy toe now in my moto boots. Lowering the front end by sliding the forks legs up and shaving the seat are on my to-do list for this very week. I probably will do the forks later today but I am not sure how much I can slide them up before the bike handling goes crazy. I have a dual sport vacation coming up in May I need everything dialed in for.
  9. Region Riley

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  10. GailCallsMeKarl

    GailCallsMeKarl Squirrel w/ no nuts

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    Fingers crossed!!!!!!
  11. ElleDubs

    ElleDubs Been here awhile

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  12. GailCallsMeKarl

    GailCallsMeKarl Squirrel w/ no nuts

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    I just saw that too. My modified 150r has a 1.7 gal tank....and it's a lot shorter and about the same HP.
  13. ElleDubs

    ElleDubs Been here awhile

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    I have the day off work today and am installing a Rekluse clutch on my CRF150R. I decided to do that instead of the heavier flywheel like I saw you did. Just taking a little break from the garage work here and having a cup of tea :-)
  14. GailCallsMeKarl

    GailCallsMeKarl Squirrel w/ no nuts

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    You HAVE to tell me how you like it. It's on my wish list!!!
  15. Region Riley

    Region Riley rally kit widow

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    Once you've ridden a bike with full size wheels it's really hard to go back, IMO.
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    Junglerot Hodor!

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  17. ElleDubs

    ElleDubs Been here awhile

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    Totally love the Rekluse! Only ridden it once in the dirt tho. I have small and weak hands and prior to putting the Rekluse on I was struggling with reaching the clutch lever and getting hand fatigue. Poof - all that has gone.

    The other thing that was wearing me out while riding was kickstarting after stalling it so much - I am very much a newbie learner. With the Rekluse I stall it about 95% less :-) I'm already riding with more confidence and last night rode up and down some hills that didn't even look possible last week pre-Rekluse.

    The install was straightforward and I did it all myself without bleating for help or having a tantrum... The only setback I had was that the crankcase gasket fell apart when I opened up the crankcase and I had to order a new one and wait for it to arrive. I recommend having a spare one handy before you start if you open up your crankcase.

    The only drawback I have experienced so far is that when I do stall the bike in a sketchy situation I have gotten myself into, I have to keep holding the brakes as the bike is always in free-wheeling mode, even in gear, when the rpm's are down or the engine is off. This made turning the bike around halfway up a hill I didn't make it up last night more of a handful as the bike wanted to run away off back down the hill without me on it. I also couldn't limp back down the hill with the engine off and in gear feathering the clutch to control my speed. Guess I'll have to learn ride everything now! He, he.
  18. Roadrunner

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    OK - since someone wrote who isn't 5-feet 'nuthin, I thought I'd chime in at 5'4, 120 pounds. I bought this XT250 in the summer of 2008. I had some problems with the front fork shimmying when I was going about 70 mph (or over).

    As a side note, SloJoe noticed I had to often be "on my toes" and offered to slightly adjust the spring so that when I sit on the bike I get a slight bit of "sag," whereas he noticed there was no movement on the motorcycle when I got on it before. This, in turn - slightly lowered the bike when I'm on it, and interestingly enough - also solved the shimmy at speed.

    Anyway, I'm still riding it and we just put Pirelli's on it after wearing out the stock Chen Sh** tires. I applaud those of you who are even smaller and still riding! I've been riding off and on since I was just out of high school.

    This is when my bike was still new, unmodified - and undropped. :lol3

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    Great thread!
  19. GailCallsMeKarl

    GailCallsMeKarl Squirrel w/ no nuts

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    Sweet! Thanks for the report! The fatigue from kicking after stalling kicks my ass. So I'm doing it! Thanks for the advice on the gasket too!
  20. Conman

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    Stumbled onto this thread from the BMW thread. Figure I add my two cents since I have very very very short legs(25" inseam on best days). I laugh when people state you can grow into a full-size bike.....

    Adding my input as to what I'm doing since no-one make a single all-around bike that works well for us shortypants. Even the Freeride would need mods for me to lower. Service Honda's don't count with how much they cost too plus not easy to plate around here.

    Minus dirt bikes and bikes you can't buy anymore (like the Honda 70 trail bikes), here are the bikes I've owned and ridden on street and trails:
    2001 KE100. Great light bike, just not enough power or suspension for real trail riding. Better than a scooter/moped and riding on smooth dirt roads.

    Bikes I still own:
    2001 Suzuki DR200se. low seat height and big tank for good distance. Would look at this if cross shopping XT225/250 TW200. Myself weighing 145 pounds, fast/aggressive riding not enough suspension but if leisurely trail riding, plenty and soft. Cheap to operate. Only oil changes and air filter service and one battery to date. Negative highway riding over 55mph. Doable just not fun. Might be top heavy to some with so much fuel it carries in a tip over. Good general bike for a leisure street or trail ride. I like it for slow technical riding we have here in the East. Love the electric start when stalled on the side of a rocky hill.

    2009 Kawasaki KX100. It's been heavily modified to be a "KDX100" Trail bike. I found this used at a great price and what I put into it, still cheaper than a stock KTM 105sx. I do run a lot of sag in the rear suspension to keep the seat height sort of manageable. It's not great on the street as the six speed gear box is close ratio. I lowered the gearing for tight single track. Pretty much a dedicated trail bike and first choice if planning on aggressive riding. Negatives is 19/16 wheel combo and do like the DR200 for having 21/18" wheels which is better for slow speed technical riding.
    Mods done to KX100 at this thread here:
    http://www.thumpertalk.com/topic/876696-kx100-enduro-project-kdx100/page__hl__ kdx100

    2009 BMW F650GS(800cc twin). Newest bike I own. Doing less trail only riding and wanted an adventure touring bike. I just did a 1,000 mile tour on a G650GS(650cc single). If you have a choice, I would recommend the Twin because it does not weigh much more and the seat is lower than the G in low seat and low suspension option. Don't plan to do any single track with the F650; keeping the KX100 and DR200se for that.
    Ride report on BMW:
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=866542

    Bottom line, gave up waiting for one perfect dual sport for shortypants and have multiple to fit the need of the day. Won't work for most but works for me for for now.

    Looked at DR650, Husky TE310(way too tall), and the DRZ400SM before the BMW, but since I already had true dual sports, the BMW won me over for being a shortypants ready adventuring touring bike ready to go. Plus all of them would need some sort of suspension work to lower it more for me. Riding 75+ MPH is no problem on the BMW. The DR200 being lighter and smaller better on trails, and BMW better on the road. The DR650 would be a comprise on both sides.

    Cheers,
    Con