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Jan 12

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baccas66 says:

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Hi, I'm just going through my DAS and looking at second hand motorcycles. I want something 'sporty', but I'm only 5'4". I've been training on a VFR400 so I've been looking at these and CBR400's also. I quite like the old VFR750's. My dilemma is that I want something with a bit of grunt, but I'd like the bike to be stable, without any nasty surprises, as I've managed to reach 45 and I'd like to stay alive for quite a while yet! I know that height reduction kits are available, which will help. But I just need pointing in the right direction!
many thanks in advance.

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Nov 08

Posts: 879

even a CBF500

is sporty enough for racers to have learnt on, happy enough to cruise in three figures, but a very forgiving 1st big bike and has a seat height of just 775mm - not quite cruiser territory but an inch and a half lower than most sports bikes.

Failing that, there a lowering kits made for oodles of bikes, for lowering the rear.  They usually claim 25mm or 1" lowering, but take that with a pinch of salt - with some kits it's half that.  The front can usually be dropped to suit in minutes.

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Apr 08

Posts: 3042

AdieR says:

Bike choice

how much dosh are you planning to spend?

Probably the best idea is to go round to some dealers and sit on a few for size.

Beware however, that while some bikes, whilst relatively low, can be wide so you might find it hard work getting feet down at a standstill (if this is what's worrying you).

The other thing you might find with "sporty" bikes is that with high pegs and low bars is that you may find them uncomfortable after a while.

Bear in mind that whatever you get, there's a good chance you'll drop it, so factor in costs of that too.

Maybe SV650 or ER6f would interest you?

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Aug 02

Posts: 808

steveb says:

There are plenty of small bikes

with a bit of grunt. Caviga Raptor, Ducati Monster, Buell XB12SCG. I believe early R6's have a fairly low seat height too.

Best advice is to go and sit on a few and see what feels right for you. 5'4" isn't that small, you may be surprised what bikes you can actually manage. Remember, you don't need to be able to get both feet down, let alone flat.

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Mar 10

Posts: 43

tourx4 says:

The joys of being a shorty biker!!!

How i know the feeling so well baccas66, i do believe hyperpro supply lowering kits for most bikes. I believe their website is

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Mar 10

Posts: 43

tourx4 says:

The joys of being a shorty biker!!!

I had to have my 03 cg125 suspension ultered on acount of having a 29 inch inside leg so i can really understand what challenges you face. Good luck and i hope my 1st post helped!!:smile:smile

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