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

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

  1. Hollyr

    Hollyr Vesterislendingur Supporter

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    Great thread, thanks for starting it. I have over 100,000 miles on Yamaha 250s, riding mostly to and in NM and CO.
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    I finally gave up on the 250 because it was barely making it over 12,000' passes in CO and I hated the chain. Bought a 650 shaft drive, which is really heavy for me but should last longer because I was riding long days at full throttle on the 250 (one 500 mile day in 9 hours slabbing through the midwest--that poor little bike!)

    The 650:
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    My solution to the kickstart vs magic start button dilemma with vintage bikes was to get a BMW conversion R69S frame 75/5 engine:
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    I ride solo and besides being short, I'm old and have some old injuries (not all from riding bikes :muutt) which would make it impossible to get onto a high bike or handle one with a high center of gravity. I also have sever osteoporosis so my doctors think I shouldn't ride at all. Not planning to break a hip falling out of the rocking chair, though. I'm riding 2 wheels for as long as I can, and looking at 3 after that.

    Holly
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  2. Daamud

    Daamud Life is like a box of Old Milwaukee

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    Thanks for the reply. I'll see if I can talk her into trying it out. Is there a thread on "How to get the 'ole lady to ride"?:rofl
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  3. jessepitt

    jessepitt Ride More

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    My girlfriend rides my raised DR650 on occasion, it is hilarious. We do the launch and catch routine as well. She always comes back giggling insanely and babbling about power, acceleration etc. It must be a shock to go from a TTR125 to a 650. It is fun to watch and once she's rolling she does great.
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  4. kenny61

    kenny61 old and crippled

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    By the title I thought you needed women. Clearly I was mistaken. However in the future if you find you are actually short a few woman I would be more than happy to donate my wife...











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  5. Charla

    Charla Tamalamian

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  6. underkill

    underkill Horsepower Junkie

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    you're tellin me! Just got to ride the boy's new 690 enduro R... :eek1 dammit i want one!!! :rofl:evil
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  7. jessepitt

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    Wow.. Brave man...
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  8. Bonnie Abbzug

    Bonnie Abbzug Property of Hayduke

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  9. Region Riley

    Region Riley rally kit widow

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    I had mine done by Jeff Slavens here in Colorado Springs. Mostly because he was local and if it didn't work I wanted to be able to take in back to him. When I bought the bike I budgeted around $1000 for the lowering and it was right around $900. :eek1

    $alty, I know. But now I have a bike I love and a suspension that I can swap out to bike #5 that I will be picking up tomorrow! :wings
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  10. Region Riley

    Region Riley rally kit widow

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    Nice! :thumb

    Our friend CJ Rider (aka the evil leprechaun) got a KLX last year. She's our hero at 4'10", I know she got the lowering link and maybe cut down the seat. I took it for a spin and it fit me perfect, nice smooth ride too. They are really nice bikes.
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  11. stubmw

    stubmw some what aloof

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    SWEET!!! :thumb Keep on Truckin on !!!

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  12. NMTrailboss

    NMTrailboss Team Dead End

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    Awesome!! You go girl!!!! :clap
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  13. Region Riley

    Region Riley rally kit widow

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    Ok, I guess it's time to change the name of this thread! :lol3


    Any suggestions?
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  14. Hannda

    Hannda Short, fat, bearded, old & slow

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    I buy off the rack.







    They just don't fit. :lol3
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  15. CJ Rider

    CJ Rider Little Adventurer

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    Great idea for a thread, RegionRiley! Since the title is “this is what we ride,” prolly should start there, eh?

    For reference, Katie is normal sized and I’m the short one here:
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    As I type this up, I realize that maybe us RFS folk may generally need to take more “baby steps” than most folks to find a bike that works for us. Here’s what’s passed through our garage:

    DUAL SPORT BIKES THAT I LIKE

    Suz DR650
    -Great for long distance road trips
    -Wears me out when we go “exploring” on narrow or technical trails
    -Completed my first Iron Butt ride on this bike: 1000 miles of dirt in 24 hours
    -Great to have all that four stroke power up at 13,114ft
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    Kaw KLX250
    -Great for “exploring”
    -Must work hard to keep up on highway pavement, but doable
    -Completed my second endurance ride on this bike: 50 mtn passes in 50 hours

    STREET BIKES THAT DIDN’T WORK

    Buell Blast
    -Fits “mini me” like a glove and is great fun going downhill
    -Has a tough time going uphill where I live at 8,465ft

    Ducati Monster
    -Beautiful bike
    -Has the turning radius of a London double-decker bus, which is not so good in a parking lot if you cannot touch the ground

    DIRT BIKES THAT I OUTGREW

    Hon XR100
    -Small, unintimidating, and pretty cheap
    -A little tough to kick start, but a good beginner bike

    Yam TTR125L
    -Small, unintimidating, and pretty cheap, easier to kick start
    -A good beginner bike, but not much of a step up from the XR100

    GG Pampera
    -Odd ergonomics and odd components
    -Construction not quite as tough as Japanese models

    Kaw KX100
    -Decent suspension, really lightweight, and could kick start with my hand
    -Tough for steep or technical hill climbs
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    DIRT BIKES THAT I LIKE TODAY

    KTM105
    -Oh yeah, this bike has all the benefits of the KX, but better suspension, power, ergonomics, and components such as a hydraulic clutch
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    Service Honda 250 (CRX250 engine shoved into a CR85 frame)
    -All the power in a small size with an electric starter
    -Expensive a little odd ergonomics
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    GG TXT200Pro
    -Helps to learn tech skills
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    OK, that’s all I got other than some great friends:
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    I also just realized that I don’t have very many pics of RegionRiley and Bonnie Abbzug, so we gotta DO something about that since the weather’s getting nice and the snow’s starting to clear from the trails, eh!
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  16. jessepitt

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    Wow! You can RIDE!!!! Amazing skills!:eek1
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  17. Tellydoug

    Tellydoug Troubador of joy

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    +1! Jen is amazing. She can ride all the men in here into the dust. I wanna be like her when I grow up, except for the "girl-parts."
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  18. CJ Rider

    CJ Rider Little Adventurer

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    Hey jessepit- (I know Oregon is a big state and all, but...) Do you know other lady in the first two pics? She's a long-time dirt/dualsport ADVRider from eastern Oregon. Katie actually rides me into the ground and I don't think I would have ever completed the Five Miles of Hell trail in Utah if I didn't have her behind me saying, "I'm gonna kick yer butt if you take that bail point!" :eek1

    Hey TellyDoug- Will and I are totally looking forward to riding some more crazy rides with you this summer! ... and I'm trying to avoid the visual of you with "girl parts," eh! :rofl
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  19. jessepitt

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    Nope, don't know her, but I'm kinda glad cause I'm sure her skills would put mine to shame.:eek1
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  20. Charla

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    Understatement of the year right there. :lol3

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    Jen is also a fantastic cheerleader, always trying to get us to challenge ourselves. I gave her the nickname "Evil Little Leprechaun" because she's always trying to get us to go ride the Rainbow Trail with her, a notoriously difficult single track.

    Kelly, I have to post this pic because it's awesome and I know you love it.

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