Hi! I am also a vertically challenged woman trying to ride. I am 5 ft with inseam of 26 inches. I have had a number of bikes since starting to ride about 7 years ago after I took a rider training course with my 16 year old daughter. We don't live near good trails or mountains so my choice was street bikes. My starter was a Honda twinstar 185 which I outgrew rapidly. On to a Buell Blast for awhile,then to the Suzuki Volusia 800 that was lowered. Still wasn't that happy with any of the bikes. I then fell in love with a 06 Goldwing.... the solution was the sidecar attached. That way you don't have to reach the ground and I could "keep up with the big boys!". It is great for highway driving but leaves a lot to be desired for off-road or even gravel roads. Since my husband (Grumpy Bear) plans on doing the CDT this coming summer I have started to look for a dual sport or smaller bike that would be useful for off road. I have a 650 V-strom that we are contemplating sidecaring but I still wouldn't be able to do single track with it. Your post and photos are inspiring. I now see that with some work and experimentation you can find a bike to fit! Thanks for all the tips and comments. Photo of my ride (if I can figure out how to upload it) is showing the "Iron Butt" award from the Chelan Sidecar Rally 2010.