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

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

  1. Hayduke

    Hayduke ///SAFETY THIRD/// Supporter

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    I really wish that they still made a few street legal bikes about that size- it would really be helpful for shorter people that are just getting started. We still have the DT- really a cool little bike.
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  2. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer Super Supporter

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  3. bluebye

    bluebye Skin it back

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    Had a asian lady customer in '79 or '80 that rode one on the street, 4'8" at most. Big deal to her was changing the air in the tires during a service. Never got it, unless it was "Nerve Gas" :norton
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  4. Hayduke

    Hayduke ///SAFETY THIRD/// Supporter

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    I just thought that pic helped illustrate what RFS really is. I don't think some people really "get" what they are up against. I've heard alot of "get a lowering link" or "wear kiss boots" or "Gaston Rahier could do it!" There just aren't any bikes made anymore for anyone under about 5'8"- so you have to get creative.
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  5. Hannda

    Hannda Short, fat, bearded, old & slow

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    If you need a photo that shows how small that bike is . . . . let me know. :shog







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  6. Charla

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    I feel so left out. :cry
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  7. Hannda

    Hannda Short, fat, bearded, old & slow

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    Yeah, it must be awful being able to ride all the bikes those ladies want without having to lower the suspension. :lol3
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  8. Charla

    Charla Tamalamian

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    I still manage to buy bikes that are too tall for me. :lol3
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  9. ballistic_ken

    ballistic_ken Helmet hair victim.

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    This thread is cool not just for the vertically challenged ladies but also very cool for beginning women riders of all normal sizes too.:rofl

    I wonder how many of our lady riders started riding due to BF/Husband's riding? I don't think Emily would have ever wanted to had I not introduced her to it.

    Tami if you ever break the DT100 out of retirement putting a good battery in it will save headlights. My first bike was a DT400 and I loved that it ran without the battery until I had to change a few headlights. Battery stopped that.
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  10. Hannda

    Hannda Short, fat, bearded, old & slow

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    Your 640 is too tall for me. :nod
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  11. TNC

    TNC Candyass Camper

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    There's another thread going right now along these lines that brought up the electric starter issue for beginners in general and women in particular. I kind of know Charla and Tami...even got to see them ride once. I know a good many of the women on this site are serious riders and quite good ones...a short one on a Honda XR400 comes to mind.:lol3 I'm asking this as a serious question and not meant negatively to the ladies who've posted here. How important is electric start to you ladies. Most of us guys...even someone my age...can kickstart most any bike, but many of us have no desire to do so again if we can avoid it.:lol3 But...how critical would the lady riders here classify the electric start on their dirt/DS bike or the consideration of buying a bike with no e-start?
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  12. Hannda

    Hannda Short, fat, bearded, old & slow

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    I'm not a lady, but I'm married to one. For her, after starting on a kick start bike (2004 KLR250), it became crucial. There were lots of situations where she couldn't get a foot down to hold the bike up so that she could kick it. Not a problem in a parking lot, but a huge deal when the trail you're on is canted down to the left. By the time her left foot hit the ground the bike was leaning towards 10 o'clock and there was no way for her to kick the bike. We sold it and she replaced the KLR with a Sherpa for dual sport and an F650gs for the road. Her enjoyment of riding went up ten fold with that change. YMMV.
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  13. guns_equal_freedom

    guns_equal_freedom Long timer

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    I have a suggestion for the XCF-W, change the triple clamps from the 18/20 to the fixed 22 offsets.

    It gives a bit more lock to lock clearance plus it makes the bike handle a lot better (IMHO).
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  14. Charla

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    For the most part I think kick starting a bike is mostly about confidence and technique unless you're R.eally F.ucking S.hort.

    Here's a great pic on Kelly on her CRF....

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    I think it's safe to say that she'd be physically incapable of kick starting this bike without some assistance from a rock to stand on or something to hold on to, and even then a beginning rider isn't going to want to have to do that. Learning how to ride is frustrating enough without adding that to the mix, especially if you have a finicky 4 stroke that is difficult to start.
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  15. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    That last pic of Kelly looks like me riding my 640A.

    I needed stilts, but man! did I love that bike!

    M
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  16. IBGONE

    IBGONE Old, slow, and happy

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    That pic says so much. I couldn't do that any more than I could flap my arms and fly. Once started, it would just be a case of riding till I ran out of gas; fall over; pick it up; fill the tank; repeat. That these folks do this, stick with it till they master it, and enjoy it is remarkable.

    In my travels I once stopped in Missoula to pick up a chain and sprocket for my bike. The dealership had both BMW and KTM. I stood next to one KTM that I swear the seat lacked about 4 inches of coming to my armpit..

    Having shrunk to a towering 5'4", 27" inseam, my new bike with a 31" seat height can get a little testy when stopping on loose surfaces. a lack of strength doesn't help either.

    I say 3 Cheers! for the Sturdy Girls!!!:clap:clap:clap
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  17. Region Riley

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    I would never ride a bike that was kick start only. Just getting on the bike is a big enough challenge for me. :lol3
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  18. Region Riley

    Region Riley rally kit widow

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    You're a short girl at heart, Charla. :raabia
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  19. underkill

    underkill Horsepower Junkie

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    This thread is fun! :D Hi there, i'm Underkill, I'm 5'3", and I've decided to sample every motorcycle they make before picking one... :rofl

    Pre Riding: Boyfriend at the time (Blinkerfluid on here, now a Fiancee) had a copper SV650S. Took me for a ride on it. Hooked for life. I don't think he knew what he was getting himself into. Sold the SV. I decided I wanted to ride. Don't really know how I came to that conclusion, just woke up one day and mentioned it. We ended up with a beat to hell TTR125L. A very very patient boy taught me how to ride. Sold that one, screwed around for a year, ended up realizing I was an idiot, and bought another one! Same bike, but in much better shape. This one ended up with YZ suspension.
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    (and no I never rode it like that!!!)

    So I was riding the crap out of the TTR down in Florida, upgraded to a KTM 105!
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    That bike turned into this after forgetting that my bike was shorter than the boys' bikes and we sunk in a mud puddle. literally up to my thighs in mud. not cool.
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    After this I wanted a dual sport. and being a horsepower junky, I ended up with a very poorly lowered KTM 525. That didn't end well. It also had the massive 'KTM Valdez' tank. Meh.

    So I got an XT225. Great little bike. Set it up with every mod imaginable including a custom 5ish gallon tank. (this was before they made one for it). the sheepskin was hilarious. Rode from VA to MO over christmas break. Not my best idea, but we rode the Dragon on new years day. No one else on it. Very cool.
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    Had a brief love affair with an 883L sporty... this was a rebound motorcycle from selling my Camaro. :cry it was the same color... :cry but alas it didnt' work out. Liked the motor, hated the seating position.
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    Then came the 640 Adventure... The boyfriend had one. loved it. only problem was. they're not midget approved. obviously.
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    So we sent the suspension off to Zerodog for 4" of lowering, revalving, and general magic. He rocks. Here's a hilarious picture of our living room, because I like to post stuff!
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    Yay!!!!
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    Here's a video if it'll work for me:
    https://underkill.smugmug.com/gallery/8348870_AMQXX#547429354_mhnmM-A-LB
    but, alas, i'm picky as crap, and ended up crashing this bike BECAUSE of my crash bars. (the Holan crashbar redesign was probably my fault!) Mild concussion and Shoei Hornet trashed. Sigh. I tend to sell bikes once they hurt me... I would buy it back in an instant. Dumb... :cry
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  20. underkill

    underkill Horsepower Junkie

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    The Underkill chronicles part2:

    So after deciding that the 640 is a "bigger girl" I wanted something a little smaller since I can't really manhandle a 640. sooooo KTM 250XCFW! Great little bike!

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    Shoulda kept this one too, but at the time in VA all we had was singletrack. and 1. i suck at singletrack and 2. the KTM was hard to muscle through stupid singletrack. Out here in WA it woulda been a blast. but.. sold this one. Sigh. Are we seeing a pattern here? I want the new KTM unobtanium 3000RR. Dammit. :lol3

    Ended up getting a Ninja 250. Who knows what logic I used to convince aforementioned man-creature that I needed one. but it worked.
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    Fun little bike! I think I put a 1" link on the rear. Liked the bike in the mountains. Didn't like it on the highway. and I couldn't get the bars up high enough. (yes I had the risers on it) I think I hurt my shoulder more than I thought in the 640 debacle. So I probably used this reasoning to get a "real" streetbike that I could put dirtbike bars on! (logical, right? that's what I thought! the boy just played along again...)
    WOOHOO! LOVE!
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    Then we sold the streetbikes and moved to Washington state. (from Virginia... yard sale! everything must go!)

    Where I ended up with this flavor of the week:
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    KLX 250S. I didnt' mean to shave the seat as much as I did, but apparently my seat was made with 2 layers of foam. :eek1 but it's pretty comfy. Still not totally cool with the height. I can ride it, but I always end up stopping on hills and uneven terrain, etc etc.. so I have links in the garage for it. we'll see how that goes. Should be a good bike. pretty light, more reliable than the KTM 250. Way less maintainance. AND they make the 351 kit for it.. which should make me pretty happy. Im sure i'll find something stupid to whine about with it, but i'm keeping it anyway.. :rofl

    It's behind that ugly orange thing. :freaky (I gotta ride that one sometime! anyone else have someone 'launch' and then catch them? fun times!)
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