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Old 10-28-2008, 11:26 AM   #46
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I've got both the XT225 and the DR650 (lowered and with gel-seat) and with my 28 inch inseam I'm comfortable on both. I just have to pay a little more attention to where I stop on the 650 as on a high crown dirt road I've found myself on my tippy-toes a time or two.

Of the two, I think you will be happier in the long run with the DR650 for what you say you want to do.
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Old 10-29-2008, 01:32 PM   #47
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heres the deal:
im getting married at the end of may and for my honeymoon my wife and i will travel throught the northwest. in doing so we will be carrying a motorcycle on a carrier with us.

if my wife and i combined are a little less than 300 lbs. what will be powerful enough to carry us?

this bike will mostly be ridden on the road but with dirt roads and smooth trails to explore, nothing crazy.

here are my concerns:
-i am 5'8, she is 5'3; so we need a bike that isnt to high to sit on comfortable. around 33' tops. the xl650l is too high at 37 inches. unless there is a very inexpensive way to lower the seat heighth.
-i would prefer to spend less than 2000 total (w/adding new tires). is that possible?
-i obviously want a durable bike that if something happens to go wrong isnt super expensive to work on. i here the hondas are bullet proof, and i am not sure about the others (kawasaki, suzuki, yamaha). considering the price we are looking at bikes made in the 90's probably.

any suggestion on makes, models and years?

thanks for the help.
A link and raising the forks in the triple clamp can likely do the trick for you with your inseam, as I am sure many have said.

But if you want to drop it more like about 3+ inches to get more flat footed, and this is totally reasonable in most cases because these bikes have 10" of travel or so, consider spending some money to have it done right. Either get a good trusted mechanic or a suspension specialist to have the suspension travel shortened properly. You can send the fork legs and shock (must be rebuildable like the XRL is) to a suspension shop like Race Tech and they can do about anything you want.

They can put spacers in the forks and shocks to limit travel and lower the bike with no risk of bottoming against fenders and keep the geometry closer to original. It is very commonly done on flat track and some supermoto bikes. It isn't really cheap to have specialty shops do the work, but the valving and spring can be modified to suit your personal use. If you know a good mechanic it may be less expensive.

If you get a decent buy on a used bike or if you just have the extra cash, it's the way to go. I knew of a few MX riders who wouldn't even ride the bike first, the forks and shock went to Race Tech or similar shop for set up.
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Old 10-29-2008, 01:43 PM   #48
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Dr 650

I would also go for the DR 650, the seat can be lowered to accommodate a short person, as well as the front forks. However, adjusting the front forks can cause stability problems at higher speeds. You can get a Kuodo kit for the suspension as well.
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Old 09-10-2012, 02:19 PM   #49
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Look for a decent DR. Much friendlier for shorter riders, and you don't want to drop your missus...

Don't get a 200-250 class. Just not enough for two up to be fun or comfortable, even if you are small.

E-Start! Forget those guys who say you'll be fine with a kick. You'll be sick of it in no time...

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I hade an older XL600R that I loved and did a lot of mods like inverted forks and other fun stuff. I lost money after a short time because I hated the kick start. I got a KLR650 after looking at several bikes. Mine has a 2" lowering kit and is good to go with enough clearance to get around just fine. Erod has a new style (2011 I think) KLR650 with a lowering kit and low Corbin seat. He goes all over with his wife and he is a short little bastard. PM Erod for questions about seat height and inseem issues. I think he would be a fine resource for shorter guys. His only problem with lowering was clearance on his center stand when cornering and off road. Seriously... PM him. Link to his profile is below:

http://advrider.com/forums/member.php?u=190030
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Old 09-10-2012, 03:57 PM   #50
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wow, I was just reading along, and then I saw my own reply, and noticed this thread was 4 years old! I'd say the OP's honeymoon and/or purchase was a done deal!
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Old 09-11-2012, 09:08 AM   #51
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I dont know how the hell I stumbled on this tread. Yes... I am a jackass. Please delete nuke or otherwise destroy the evidence moderators.
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Old 11-18-2012, 06:02 PM   #52
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Old 11-18-2012, 08:31 PM   #53
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I am 5'7" and i have short legs. I ride a 2000 klr650. The bike is pretty tall. I mount it by stepping on the peg and getting on like a horse. I've thought about lowering it, but havn't done it yet. You shouldn't have a problem getting one for the price your looking to spend, and it will handle 2 up.
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Old 11-20-2012, 06:38 AM   #54
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Just a thought. What about a supermoto? for easy dirt i loved mine........
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Old 11-20-2012, 07:08 AM   #55
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This thread is from '08...
It wasn't all that long ago but man shit has changed! Kinda amazing how obsolete some of the info on here is to. Stock Suzuki jell seat? Everyone knows thats garbage these days.
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Old 11-20-2012, 09:35 AM   #56
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KLR 650 is too tall and big for someone 5'8". My friend is 5'10" and he sold it because he felt it was
too tall. I'm 5'7" and also thought my '09 was too tall and ergonomics was wrong for short
leg and arms people. I sold it. Don't let someone 6 foot tall tell you it's not too tall and big.

A good test I developed is to tip the bike over 45 degrees, and try to use your leg to straighten
the bike back up.If you can't get the bike back up after leaning over like that, it's too tall.

I believe a DR 650 SE with the factory lowered option and a gel seat would be low enough.

Tall bike can be ridden by short folks. But that's just no fun at all. Riding should be fun. Not a struggle.

73Mustang screwed with this post 11-20-2012 at 09:41 AM
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Old 11-23-2012, 01:11 PM   #57
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KLR 650 is too tall and big for someone 5'8". My friend is 5'10" and he sold it because he felt it was
too tall. I'm 5'7" and also thought my '09 was too tall and ergonomics was wrong for short
leg and arms people. I sold it. Don't let someone 6 foot tall tell you it's not too tall and big.

A good test I developed is to tip the bike over 45 degrees, and try to use your leg to straighten
the bike back up.If you can't get the bike back up after leaning over like that, it's too tall.

I believe a DR 650 SE with the factory lowered option and a gel seat would be low enough.

Tall bike can be ridden by short folks. But that's just no fun at all. Riding should be fun. Not a struggle.
If the tall bike is a struggle on the road(attempting to mount in unique ways) then off road,could be less than desirable(I had a xr650l.....I know).
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