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Old 02-02-2013, 06:05 PM   #180
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Originally Posted by Flightar View Post
The problem is the person that is interested in this bike is 5' 0" with a 27.5" inseam...this person had a 2011 Ninja 250 that also had to have the bike lowered 2" as well as having the seat cut down simply to get the balls of her feet on the ground.... She also really likes the adventure bike styling, windscreen, upright riding position, and availability of hard bags. She has seen, and does not care much for the styling of other two CBR's despite their slightly lower seats.

If no one comes out soon with a suitable solution for lowering the X, she will be stuck with a G650GS L.S., a Kouba Link, and a reworked seat.

Not necessarily a bad place to be stuck IMHO...but options are a good thing.
I'm really sorry that there are no truely well designed factory options for shorter men and women. This discussion has been held many times, some of foreign websites where men in SE Asia express similar concerns.

Unfortunately, lowering too much ruins both ground clearance and suspension travel. Dedicated shorter riders learn to ride only putting one foot down at a time, sliding to the side of cheek or thigh. I know - no one believes that this is ideal. Most are wrong, unless the riders are old and stiff, or young and weak, or just don't have the balance required. Even men who are 5'10" tall with 31 inch inseams do this to ride enduro racers that have 38" seat heights. Work on your riding skills; don't ruin the bike.
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