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Old 12-07-2014, 04:10 AM   #1
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Enduro for way too short rider?

Hey guys,

after spending few weeks on the road with my Ducati, I somehow realized it really is not an adventure bike..so I am searching for one, that would make long distance travelling a bit easier.

Sooo, I am searching for something that could handle a bit of off-road and would provide me with some kind of comfort on the road (back pain after few thousand kilometers on a Duc Monster is really really awful )

The main problem is, that I am only 5' 2". Please don't recommend me F650GS, I know that everyone says it's a perfect woman adv bike, but honestly I don't really like it (old one), and I am afraid it is a bit boring and weak.
And yeah, I know that this topic has been here for a few times, however, as I recall, it always ended with a 650GS...so please give me something else.

Thanks a lot! :-)
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Old 12-07-2014, 04:21 AM   #2
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Hey guys,

after spending few weeks on the road with my Ducati, I somehow realized it really is not an adventure bike..so I am searching for one, that would make long distance travelling a bit easier.

Sooo, I am searching for something that could handle a bit of off-road and would provide me with some kind of comfort on the road (back pain after few thousand kilometers on a Duc Monster is really really awful )

The main problem is, that I am only 5' 2". Please don't recommend me F650GS, I know that everyone says it's a perfect woman adv bike, but honestly I don't really like it (old one), and I am afraid it is a bit boring and weak.
And yeah, I know that this topic has been here for a few times, however, as I recall, it always ended with a 650GS...so please give me something else.

Thanks a lot! :-)
Honda CB500X. That should do it. Check its thread.
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Old 12-07-2014, 05:11 AM   #3
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Honda CB500X. That should do it. Check its thread.
maybe something more offroady? That would be able to ride through Morrocco, for example?
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Old 12-07-2014, 05:38 AM   #4
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maybe something more offroady? That would be able to ride through Morrocco, for example?
Check Rally-Raid on vendors. They are preparing a kit that will make this bike plenty good for that kind of travel, including spoked wheels of a more appropriate size for the front.
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Old 12-07-2014, 05:45 AM   #5
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I am 5'5'', and ride a DRZ. It did have lowering links, but I am now used to it and ride without. You learn the hard way usually! But the beauty of an enduro bike is that it is designed to constantly fall over and the only thing that is damaged is your pride.
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Old 12-07-2014, 06:40 AM   #6
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DRZ is quite off my needs..but nice bike, of course :)

and that rally-raid CB.. well, it surprised me, but I would maybe prefer something else...not that new - due to the financial reasons, and the fact, that I don't really like the new Hondas.. (god, I am choosy!)

Anyways, thanks for the ideas :)
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Old 12-07-2014, 07:12 AM   #7
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I just read the Rekluse 700x thread below. Sounds like that may be just the ticket. Be sure to read RidaApart article that is linked on page 1. The 700x is one I am paying more attention to now.

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Old 12-07-2014, 07:51 AM   #8
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Would a TW200 be out of the picture? I read people have lowered them.
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Old 12-07-2014, 08:34 AM   #9
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Would a TW200 be out of the picture? I read people have lowered them.
absolutely - way too small, way too uncomfortable.

I am perhaps searching for something as small as the 650GS , but a bit more fun to ride perhaps..is there anything like it?
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Old 12-07-2014, 09:02 AM   #10
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Not with that short of an inseam. Did you try the 650 gs with he twin engine and mag wheels? Way lower seat height than the 800, way more power than the single 650. Set of lowering links might be right up your alley if its still to tall.
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absolutely - way too small, way too uncomfortable.

I am perhaps searching for something as small as the 650GS , but a bit more fun to ride perhaps..is there anything like it?
Now that I know the CB500X is outside your budget, I will refrain from suggesting the few other options out there. The CB500 is one of the least expensive "adventure" bikes.

Now, let's talk dual sports... Yamaha has a nice 225TTR, I believe. $hort and $weet.
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Old 12-07-2014, 09:16 AM   #12
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Now that I know the CB500X is outside your budget, I will refrain from suggesting the few other options out there. The CB500 is one of the least expensive "adventure" bikes.

Now, let's talk dual sports... Yamaha has a nice 225TTR, I believe. $hort and $weet.
well I would like to spend less than 4000 on a bike that won't be treated nicely while riding

but let's say, if I make enough money, I will buy that 650GS twin. Or 700, 2014 in black/red it's really yummy

I was just looking for some cheaper possibilities that are not 650GS.. but it looks like (except that new Honda) there is nothing!
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Old 12-07-2014, 09:58 AM   #13
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If it wasn't for the " a bike that won't be treated nicely while riding " part, I'd suggest moving the bars up and closer on your Monster. That would get you sitting more upright for longer times in the saddle. You can also get slightly more aggressive rubber in sizes that fit the Monster's wheels. It's the cheapest option, but won't be pretty

A Tiger 800 "Roadie" can be lowered, and I have a friend who's 5'4" who rides one. But it's still a bit tall, even lowered an inch.
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Old 12-07-2014, 10:41 AM   #14
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This thread may be helpful: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=669666

The Tiger 800 may be a good fit. I wouldn't call it an enduro though, but some folks have done quite a bit off-road on them with some mods.
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Old 12-07-2014, 11:55 AM   #15
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In defense of the BMW 800 series bikes. The F650gs twin has a fairly low seat height. It doesn't have suspension links to lower the rear. The only way to do it is a shorter shock and moving the forks up. A low seat would help.

I really don't see the point of lowering this bike and still want to ride it in dirt. As to its engine lacking "soul" or what ever uthanizm substituting for slow. One reason is it is geared taller than the F800gs. Put the F800 sprockets on it and it perks up quite a bit. The other is design. BMW tuned these engines to emphasis torque, so it doesn't rev as high as others, that does not mean it is slow. It may seem so, compared to a Ducati, depending on what displacement version, you are riding.

If you rode one and didn't like it, that's one thing, if relying on Internet "facts" that's another.
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