I'm back in bike buying mode, and still into the klx400/drz400 idea. I have my eye on a klx400 but I don't know what to do about test riding. I can't really swing my bloody leg over it, I'm too short (5'5", about a 29" inseam). I'm assuming that this will be fixed with some 17" wheels and maybe lowering links. In the meantime, what the hell is the trick to getting onto tall bikes? Short guys that ride motocross must do it all the time.
Secondly, the bike I was looking at was at a used car lot on Kingsway in Vancouver (1600 Kingsway). I want to sell/trade my car so I thought getting a bike from a lot might be an okay idea. Anyways, the bike looks okay but I have one question. On the right side there is a metal cylinder that looks like it is a reservoir for the rear shock. It looks like someone took a grinder to the outside face of the cylinder. Is this normal - do all bikes have a bit of grinding on them to maybe make room for the plastic panel that goes over part of it? Or is this grinding something strange that makes you go hmmmm.