bikes for short people

Discussion in 'Australian Motorcycles' started by Buck Rogers, Jan 6, 2005.

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    Buck Rogers Guest

    Hey guys!

    I am male, about 5'3, about 55kg. Are there any bikes for someone my size?
    Or are scooters my only option? :(
    Buck Rogers, Jan 6, 2005
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    Buck Rogers Guest

    Forgot to say thanks in advance!

    Buck Rogers, Jan 6, 2005
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    Will S Guest


    Go to a bike shop and have a look
    Will S, Jan 6, 2005
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    GB Guest

    GB, Jan 7, 2005
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    Dale Porter Guest

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    Fwoar Guest

    Bren is 4'10" - try finding a 400cc + bike

    Although the SRX660 is an option.
    Fwoar, Jan 7, 2005
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    Dale Porter Guest

    I should also mention my wife is about 5'2" and rides an '03 CBR954 evreryday, as well as a VTR1000
    on the odd occaision.
    Dale Porter, Jan 7, 2005
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    Fooker Guest

    Vt750 Honda
    Fooker, Jan 7, 2005
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    glitch1 Guest

    BMW F650 GS (low seat option, also bike can be lowered again).
    BMW F650 Scarver, options see above
    Moto Guzzi Breva 750 (low seat option)
    Most cruisers.
    Just for the start...
    glitch1, Jan 7, 2005
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    John Littler Guest

    I'm 5'4 but my leg length (which is the important bit) is about the same
    as Cat's (see below).

    The first question is are you a learner or do you have a bike licence.

    I'm assuming a learner. The biggest issue isn't seat height, it's
    weight. As you get more experience you'll find it less of a hassle, but
    for now, you're better trading seat height for lower weight.

    Just about anything you're legal to ride as a learner is going to be
    pretty ok for a shortarse - most of the 250's and a decent slug of the
    bigger capacity ones will be fine.

    What type of bike do you want ?

    Learner Legal Cruisers
    XVS650 Yamaha
    Virago 250 (XV250) Yamaha
    Kwak LTD 250 and 450
    Kwak EL250

    are all shortarse friendly (750mm seat height or less (I think all the
    above are more like 670mm)

    General road bikes

    GPX and ZZR are pretty good (light and seat height is around 770mm IIRC)
    CBR250R and RR (very light and not too tall (780mm- ish I think)

    Skip the VTR250 it's pretty tall, suzuki across is borderline (on the
    taller side)

    If you're in a state that allows you to have a 2 stroke 250 then the KR1
    and KR1s are pretty low at the seat (dunno but I think 770mm), RGV and
    RS250 are a little taller but being very light are quite OK.

    Dirt bikes tend to be taller but with softer suspension, not really
    shortarse friendly but you can buy - I rode a DT175 as my first road
    legal bike - I'm sure there's others.

    Once you've got your full licence and a bit of experience you'll find
    you can ride just about anything, the tall ones are just a pain in the
    arse in traffic.

    (when you have to hop off at the lights it gets a bit annoying :)
    John Littler, Jan 7, 2005
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    Buck Rogers Guest

    Thanks to everybody for replying. Here's another link I was given in
    another newsgroup.

    Buck Rogers, Jan 7, 2005
  12. In on Fri, 7 Jan 2005 12:37:25 +1100

    I'm 5'2" although rather heavier than the original poster...

    I've ridden all sorts of bikes including known biggies like an ST4 and a
    few big chookies.

    I think the key is bike experience. The more riding you have done, the
    more different bikes you have ridden, the easier it is.

    Also, you don't get a tall person to "show you how to do it", they have no
    clue as to the problems. You get a short person to show you the tricks.

    There's also a need for flexibility in the hips, else getting on the
    bike and settling can be difficult.

    Main pointers - you don't need both feet flat on the ground, you do need
    to be able to touch the ground with one toe with both bun cheeks on the
    seat, and have one foot flat with one cheek off the seat.

    Don't paddle it. get off the bike, lean it on your hip, and push with
    your hip as much or more than against the bars.

    Learn to look for the low ground. The bike teachers will tell you that
    the gearchange foot is the one that is always put down at stops. The
    short bikers will tell you that it's the one on the high side...

    Don't go by seat height, sit on the bike. Current Guzzi Californias have
    the low cruiser type seat height but are so bloated and fat that my feet
    barely touch the ground and sliding off to one side doesn't help a lot.
    Whereas my old T series has a seat height about 2" higher and I can get
    both feet flat on the ground no worries.

    Zebee Johnstone, Jan 7, 2005
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    Toosmoky Guest

    A rigid frame chopper perhaps...
    Toosmoky, Jan 7, 2005
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    Conehead Guest

    Any Harley or other cruiser-style bike should fit. Get the seat narrowed in
    Conehead, Jan 7, 2005
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    Fwoar Guest

    seeing that she also rides a gp bike. Sportsbike is the prefered option.
    SZR660 - not the srx
    Fwoar, Jan 7, 2005
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    RexT Guest

    MotoGuzzy 500 ?
    My daughter is eyeing up my little V2 as she is able to plant both feet
    while sitting on it - and she is knee-high to a grasshopper.
    RexT, Jan 7, 2005
  17. If you're after a learner bike, the GPX250 is nice and short.
    James Mayfield, Jan 8, 2005
  18. In on Sun, 9 Jan 2005 08:14:34 +1100

    The Enfield is small and light. ONly open to learners in NSW and ACT
    though... And maybe Qld.

    ONe of the older learner bikes might be possible - say an SRX250 Yam.

    Zebee Johnstone, Jan 8, 2005
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    John Littler Guest

    I had an SRX as a loan bike when I had the TRX serviced in Briz if I'm
    recalling the correct bike. Suprisingly tall. It had the same motor as
    the virago 250 if we're talking the same one. Nice little bike except
    for the vibrations, wouldn't put it on the short arse list ahead of a GPX...

    John Littler, Jan 9, 2005
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    sharkey Guest

    Nah, that's the SRV250. Great little bikes, not short though.

    SRX250 is a tiny little single-cylinder thing, pretty nifty but with
    really odd wheel sizes (18" rear, 16" front).

    SRX600 is a pretty nifty looking single-cylinder thing with
    a frame made of square tube, I think, and an engine from whatever
    the 600 yammie dirt bike of the time was. Always vaguely intended
    to test-ride one ... but I remember them being pretty small.

    Wasn't there an SZR or something?

    sharkey, Jan 9, 2005
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