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Feb 08

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terriwarner says:

Motorbikes for Women

Hey, I am a 5ft 4 woman who has recently been looking for a bike to purchase. I just wanted to express my opinion on the lack of bikes for women. I'm into really sporty racing bikes (ideally Suzuki GSXR600) unfortunatley I'am too short to handle a bike of this size.

After discussing my concerns with one of the sales people in a bike shop in Maidstone, he confirmed that I could maybe gain an inch in height by purchasing higher bike boots and advised that you can lower a bike by an inch (any lower will effect the performance of the bike!). My dad recommends that I get a 400 engine, but I'm unable to find anything suitable - it's either too heavy/ the seats too high or I just dont like it! It's really frustrating that I can't have the bike I really like... Any suggestions on suitable bikes? And I wonder whether any other women have this same problem??

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Feb 08

Posts: 9

dankatz says:

bikes for women

I'm not a woman, but here are my $0.02 (I'm from the states).  Is this your first bike? Here in the states we are limited with "starter" bikes. I would recommend the Ninja 250 which is plenty fun.  I think that after you gain some miles you will feel much more comfortable even on bikes where you can't flat foot both legs. Most shorter people just lean the bike a little when they get to a stop. I used to think it is an issue for me too (30" inseam, 5'8"), but I realized it is more lack of experience than anything. I feel very comfortable on a Ninja 500 (GPZ500 in the UK), but they stopped making it because it was antiquated. The ER6 is supposedly comfortable for shorter people. I sat on it and was very comfortable. It is not as hard core of a racer, but it is a blast. 
Don't know what other women do in the UK? Here in the states the Ninja 250 is hugely popular with women and shorter people.

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Jun 08

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freebirdjoe says:

Motorbikes for Women

Hi, I know where your comin from here, I am also 5ft 4 and had the same problem, i have settled on a SV650, now I have got used to the weight (which isn't to bad) I love it :smile


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