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Totallyridiculous

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Small people taking mid size bike test

Before the law change in January I tried to rush my test on my 125cc & unfortunately failed my module 2 with no time to re-take. So now I'm looking at the new rules.


As I'm 22 there's no point in me taking the test on a 125cc bike (& being restricted to 60mph) so I'm looking at the mid size bike test. I'm only 5'4" so a 250-300cc bike would be more than big enough for my short legs in the long run! Lol. But would still give me enough power to do motorways without being overtaken by lorries. But because of the new regs I'll have to take my test on something much bigger. Most schools only have 500cc bikes which I can't touch the floor on! I can't see any way around this & feel like I'm being discriminated against because of my height! Even if I can find a bike short enough (or get one lowered especially), I think anything that big would just be too heavy for me to manoeuvre! (Yes I'm a weedy girl! Lol). 

I also don't know if I'll have to re-take my mod 1, as the DVLA tables don't cover my circumstances. I don't fit in their usual boxes! I've been told by a riding school that I will have to re-take on a bigger bike, but when I tried to look at dates on the DVLA website, it refused to let me book a mod 1, but would happily let me through to the mod 2 page. CONFUSED!

If anyone else has a similar problem or knows any ways round this, I'd love to hear from you :)

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StealthSV

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Posts: 6506

StealthSV says:

Get a V-twin

and lower it!

My better half is 5'2" and has an SV650 which we have lowered by 1" ( pretty cheap and easy to do yourself) and can touch the floor no probs.

V-twins like the SV are narrower by virtue of their engine design so are perfect for shorties....:smile

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preunit

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preunit says:

EU regs

brilliant :wacko:


Hi and welcome, first off I'm afraid you'll need to re-take the mod 1 on a bike that you'll take your mod 2 on :upset:

Best phone the DVLA and talk to someone.....they prolly won't know what you're on about, but maybe somebody will :unsure: 

Small/low bike, If you buy/beg/borrow or steal a bike you want to ride after you've passed your test, you could get a friend to ride it down to the bike school, then use it with an instructor :smile

Edit....Nice font btw :biggrin:

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Beelady

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Beelady says:

Little legs.

Weight doesn't matter much, if you can get both feet down. I am shorter then you and I can't pull, push or lift at all. I used to ride a Harley Sportster 883 hugger. Weighs as much as a small elephant but really easy to move around as the weight is low down. Now I ride a lowered Triumph Street Triple. Not quite so low, but still get both feet almost flat.

I had to re-take my test, due to the big DVLA cock up a few years back. I had to take it on a 125 because there wasn't a bike at the training school low enough to touch the ground on. After that I had to have the Harley restricted for two years and be patient.

Don't worry about being weedy. Getting your feet down easily is far more important. Best of luck with finding out where you stand testwise and don't give up. It'll be worth it in the end.

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bazablue

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bazablue says:

small

get a virago!ideal for those vertically challenged esp ladies

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eatcs01

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eatcs01 says:

Ickle legs

Kawasaki ZZR600 has a nice low and narrow seat.

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aehewitt

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aehewitt says:

I'm 5ft 4...

and have a fire Blade..  Buy some Daytona Lady star Boots....   eventually you find your own technique to manhandling your bike around.... :biggrin:

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babyblade41

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babyblade41 says:

I'm not such a short arse then

:biggrin: I was 5'6 but I'm just hovering over 5'5 now.

 

Virago is the way to go you should be able to manage those OK

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bigboots

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bigboots says:

Agree

with virago suggestion.  My first bike was a virago 535 and I am the same height as you. Being able to get both feet down does loads to boost your confidence. Went all round Europe on it so you wont find it restricting.  Also although expensive Daytona Lady Stars are fantastic!!  Good luck sorting it all out with DVLA!

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aehewitt

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aehewitt says:

If

i was granted 3 wishes,1 of the wishes would be for me to be 6ft tall......  its crap been a short arse...:doubt:

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babyblade41

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babyblade41 says:

I bred short arses

one just under 5' and one 5'2, doesn't come from my side I am the shortest female and tallest being 6'2 and males are all well over 6'.

Anyway......

In time as confidence grows there will be a lot more choice and yes boots with a bit of height will always help, but that doesn't mean wearing glam rock boots:shock:

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