whats a good bike for short ppl?

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  1. rallyrat427

    rallyrat427 New Member

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    i have to touch with my toes on a 600 rr so im looking for something shorter

    im 5'7":wtc:
     
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    2007 Harley-Davidson® Sportster® 883 Low [883L]

    http://www.rmh-d.com/models/883L.php

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    • Low, reduced-reach solo seat
    • Low front and rear suspension

    different color, change the pipes (obviously)
     
  3. rallyrat427

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    :ugh: looking for a sportbike
     
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    you're loss
     
  5. JayC71

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    If you consider paying twice what a bike is worth to get a logo, then sure...it's his loss.

    Look at an SV650 or Ninja 650, or maybe get a lower seat for a standard 600?
     
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    it's worth twice on the resale so it's a wash

    I've ridden an SV650 and liked it. Not sure about options for lowering it though. I've read a few times about people taking their stock seat off and shaving it to get up to 2". Maybe try that?
     
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    OP, if you're limiting yourself to sportbikes, you might be doing yourself a disservice. I can't name but one sportbike that is less than 27 inches at the seat. The cruisers are all well below that, and there are some VERY nice sport cruisers.

    An oddball would be the Gurney Alligator for a sportbike. Very low seat height.

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  8. luxy

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    I lowered my SV using aftermarket suspension links, it was low enough that I could almost flat foot on it and I'm 5'3". It's a bit easier to lower an SV than a 600 (or anything with full plastics) because there's a bit less potential of causing problems due to ground clearance.

    Relatively easy and cheap process, $80 or so for parts and a couple hours' labour (although I would strongly suggest that you get a professional to do it)
     
  9. JayC71

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    Touche. I've got an SV1000 and like it very much, V-Twin sportbikes are great.

    I've got a friend that had his stock R1 seat shaved down as well, it make a big difference.
     
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    there was an EDU around here with a DIY for taking your seat off, taking the cover off, shaving it, and reattaching it... OP should search for that.
     
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    5'7" is considered short? :o
     
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    how is 5'7 too short on a RR? is the majority of your height in your upper body or something?

    i've seen guys that are 5'5-5'6 have no problem on any modern sportbike. that being said, maybe check the zx-6r, it felt a lot shorter to me or maybe the R6. it was by far the shortest sport bike i sat on at the IMS in Atl last weekend. besides those two, check out lowering the RR. not expensive and shouldn't change the geometry too much on the bike since you'll only have to lower it a little bit.

    could also pick up a ninja 500 or something, work on your cornering skills and make people with liter bikes feel bad because they can't keep up with a bike half their size. :dunno:
     
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    Lower and shave the seat, or get an aftermarket seat that is lower?

    Dunno how low the ZX-6R is, the ZZR600 is 32" but it's more sport touring so it might be alot higher. SportRider magaine did a full review of the 07' ZX-6R and the reviewer was 5'9" and said the bike felt perfect.
     
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    im 5'11 and my knees are bent on a gsxr 600. I thought that it was probably the shortest bike.
     
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    perhaps your 5'5" friends are more than 140 lbs? ... it fit ok ... i just want to be able to flat foot both sides
     
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    does it matter? youre going to be on two wheels more than two feet anyways :dunno:
     
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    My husband is 5'7" and he rides a Blackbird. He's not flat footed on the road when he stops, but it's not too high.

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    edit: just read that you want to be totally flat footed :o
     
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    Pocket bike
     
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    I've ridden all the '06 600's and the GSXR was definitely the smallest physically. It's very very narrow.

    Is this your first bike?
     
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    06 gsxt 600 is pretty damn short.


    get a rs250
     
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    excellent advice...maybe he should also stop near a curb all the time so he can put his foot down :rolleyes:
     
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    I know alot of sport bikes have adjsutable suspensions, but I didn't know they made the ride height higher/lower. Just thought it was firmness and such. Interesting.
     
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    They don't. There are two ways to lower a bike, going to a suspension specialist and getting them to take apart the shock and rebuild it ($$$$) or buying aftermarket lowering links ("dog bones") which will drop the bottom mounting point of the rear shock, bringing the ride height down.
     
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    yea ill prolly just lower whatever bike i get ... will it affect the performance at all?
     
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    short answer, probably.
     

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