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Old 02-25-2015, 10:47 AM   #1
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Question Bike for a short rider.

My wifes best friend wants to ride. The problem is, she is short. I mean REALLY short. I mean "can't flat-foot a Rebel" short. She's 4'5" tall. So...anything out there someone that short can ride?
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Old 02-25-2015, 10:59 AM   #2
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what are her riding requirements?
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Old 02-25-2015, 11:14 AM   #3
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Yamaha Bolt? Seat height 27.2. Not a big bike.
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Old 02-25-2015, 11:17 AM   #4
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Used in MSF -- swept back handlebars sometimes helps with reach>

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Old 02-25-2015, 11:31 AM   #5
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what are her riding requirements?
Used, highway-legal, and low enough for her to ride. Preferably not a sportbike.
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Old 02-25-2015, 11:54 AM   #6
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Used, highway-legal, and low enough for her to ride. Preferably not a sportbike.
Too short for a Rebel? Dang. Maybe a scooter? That way at stops she should slide forward off the seat to reach the ground, seriously.
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Old 02-25-2015, 12:13 PM   #7
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Too short for a Rebel? Dang. Maybe a scooter? That way at stops she should slide forward off the seat to reach the ground, seriously.
Yea, if she is trurly 4' 5" there arent any bikes that she would be able too flat foot.....Maybe a Ridley but if that was the only choice I'd go with a scooter.

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Old 02-25-2015, 12:29 PM   #8
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Buell Blast with the optional lower seat?

She will have a hard time at 4-5. The seats on most scooters are way higher than that of a rebel so she would have to slide forward off the seat at stops. I'm not sure that would be all that easy to do but may be worth a try. The old Honda Helix has a pretty low seat and will run highway speeds.
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Old 02-25-2015, 12:40 PM   #9
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Old 02-25-2015, 12:54 PM   #10
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sounds like Grom or cruiser territory.... my wife is 5'0" and we got her a CB400F thats a little too tall for her
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Old 02-25-2015, 12:59 PM   #11
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Stock Grom seat isn't really as low as you would think. My wife's 5' and couldn't get both feet down.

Edit: Looks like it's listed as 29.7 inches. Pretty tall for a tiny bike.

I'm thinking mayby Kawi 125 Eliminator..
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Old 02-25-2015, 04:01 PM   #12
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My 5' mother can flat-foot her Savage 650 (she also couldn't on a Rebel). I did think about a scooter, but the wide floorboards could be an issue. Never thought about a Buell Blast...worth a look.

She tried my wife's Hyosung Comet last year. I think she was about 5" off the ground. (The Comet 250 has about a 34" seat.)
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Old 02-25-2015, 05:11 PM   #13
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Open up Craigslist and get busy; search for:

GS550
Kawasaki ER-5
Yamaha Virago 250
Buell Blast
XT225
XT250
DR350
Honda CB500F
Kawasaki Ninja 250/300
Honda Nighthawk 250
GZ250
TU250X
V-Star 250

Heck about any 250. Have her try them all and see what she makes a connection with.
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Old 02-25-2015, 05:48 PM   #14
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