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Do any of you ladies have the same problem as me? I'm a short girl of about 5'1" to 5'2" and sitting on friends' bikes just don't work for me. A friend of mine has a Suzuki CV650S and his was lowed maximally. What should I look for, then?!
 

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I'm 5'2" and I'm comfortable on my FZ6R. I think though that if you're not an experienced rider you really should try to be as flat footed as possible so the CBR125 or a cruiser might be the way to go.
 

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I have a "28 inseam, but I love riding dual sport bikes. I learned a little maneuver I call the Captain Morgan. Basically any time I have to stop, I scoot my butt off the seat in order to plant a solid foot. When it's time to go, I gas until I move then hop back into the seat. Let me know if you wanna learn. I can ride anything now, even took a full height KLR off reading.
 

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If you're a new rider, something like a CBR 125 or 250 or a Kawi 250 would be best. The Yamahas tend to have higher seating, Suzukis are okay. With any bike, you CAN shave the seat down to lower seat height, just be conscious that this can affect the way you ride casually (as we know that when you corner on a sportbike you're on the balls of your feet on the pegs & using your legs... right? ;))

I recommend against a lowering kit as I'd rather drop the bike at a stoplight or slow speed than have the tire kick out or similar going around a corner at speed.

My first (and current) sportbike is an SV650, which in retrospect was a little big both in cc's and height, but perfect for me now. Good luck, let us know how it turns out!
 

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have you thought about getting boots with some more height?

http://www.webbikeworld.com/motorcycle-boots/frey-daytona-boots/lady-star-boots/

adds 2.5 cms of height at the heel and 8mm to the front... might be good?

EDIT: ACTUALLY - these are way better!

Same brand, but add 6cms of heel height! 2 options for different looks - they seem perfect! I'm even inclined to purchase a pair... and I'm 5'7! but I do tippy toe on my bike..
http://www.daytona.de/index.php?page=857[URL="http://www.daytona.de/index.php?page=858"]

http://www.daytona.de/index.php?page=858

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I'm 5'2" and I'm comfortable on my FZ6R. I think though that if you're not an experienced rider you really should try to be as flat footed as possible so the CBR125 or a cruiser might be the way to go.
I rented from BC Motorides in Surrey and they had a Rebel Cruiser for me, and YES flat-foot is my current comfort right now. We went to Harrison Hot Springs and back through the back roads and the cruiser seems to suit me very well! Although I'd like to try a sports bike or a dual-purpose one :(
 

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I have a "28 inseam, but I love riding dual sport bikes. I learned a little maneuver I call the Captain Morgan. Basically any time I have to stop, I scoot my butt off the seat in order to plant a solid foot. When it's time to go, I gas until I move then hop back into the seat. Let me know if you wanna learn. I can ride anything now, even took a full height KLR off reading.
ARE YOU IN VANCOUVER?! CAN YOU TEACH ME THIS?!!?! I'm having a hard time imagining the Captain Morgan right now without thinking I would tip the bike over too.
 

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If you're a new rider, something like a CBR 125 or 250 or a Kawi 250 would be best. The Yamahas tend to have higher seating, Suzukis are okay. With any bike, you CAN shave the seat down to lower seat height, just be conscious that this can affect the way you ride casually (as we know that when you corner on a sportbike you're on the balls of your feet on the pegs & using your legs... right? ;))

I recommend against a lowering kit as I'd rather drop the bike at a stoplight or slow speed than have the tire kick out or similar going around a corner at speed.

My first (and current) sportbike is an SV650, which in retrospect was a little big both in cc's and height, but perfect for me now. Good luck, let us know how it turns out!
A lot of my friends are recommending me to shave off the seat. But what they DIDN'T tell me was that there were risks to that. Or are you saying that a lowering kit would risk my tires kicking out of my bike?
 

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have you thought about getting boots with some more height?

http://www.webbikeworld.com/motorcycle-boots/frey-daytona-boots/lady-star-boots/

adds 2.5 cms of height at the heel and 8mm to the front... might be good?

EDIT: ACTUALLY - these are way better!

Same brand, but add 6cms of heel height! 2 options for different looks - they seem perfect! I'm even inclined to purchase a pair... and I'm 5'7! but I do tippy toe on my bike..
http://www.daytona.de/index.php?page=857[URL="http://www.daytona.de/index.php?page=858"]

http://www.daytona.de/index.php?page=858

[/URL]
THAT SOUNDS PERFECT!! Now to find one of these in Vancouver. Shouldn't be that hard, right? Haha! Thanks for the tip!!!
 

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ARE YOU IN VANCOUVER?! CAN YOU TEACH ME THIS?!!?! I'm having a hard time imagining the Captain Morgan right now without thinking I would tip the bike over too.
Lol. Yes. I live in delta. I can teach you any time, but I have a Sherpa right now. We'll need to borrow a tall bike.
 
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