Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Glendale, AZ 85310
I am assuming that you've never ridden before? You still have options! I started out on a Honda Rebel (seat height 26 inches) because I had thought I was too short for a sport bike. Its nice, easy to handle... great to learn on, but yet, not a sport bike and a dog of a 250.... Ninja 250's are short in comparison to other sport bikes, but you will probably not be flat foot being 5 ft tall... (I am 5'2.5 and I almost had my heal down on my Ninja 250)Yet there is hope! You can lower pretty much anything you decide on, even a ninja 250. I looked every where for help in this area and found the dealership guys useless (probably cause they can touch the ground! So they don't care) But as you look around you will find people who've done it. Adjustment Tech had an article on them done in one of the sportbike mags (can't remember which one, but I got their #) Anyways, the ride height adjustment link is like 195 bucks and takes about an hour to install. You are replacing the stock link. It doesn't effect the handling, like some other lowering techniques would - such as straps for drag racing bikes would... Since you lower the front forks to equal what you dropped it, its all evened out... Alot of race bikes front forks are dropped a bit for the purpose of turning in quicker. Just lower the front 1 inch would give you height, couple that with the adjuster gives you even more. You can shave your seat... or buy a custom seat with high density less height in foam from Corbin to suit you. I fit pretty poor on my CBR stock- teetering on tip toes- which can be done, alot of girls (and guys) ride that way, but now I am flat footed and bent in the knee. I feel more confident and in control of the bike with it lowered, center of gravity is lower and you have 2 feet totaly touching for better stablitiy (especially for panic stops...) If you do lower it, keep all your stock parts so if you sell it, you can return it to stock for the person who buys it who may not be so short. It all depends on which bike you have your eye on, and how you want to fit on the bike, but you do have options, and little girls can ride big bikes, I have seen plenty, even on stock bikes, they manage and learn to handle it and deal with tip toeing.
Don't let anyone get ya down, if you are in love with the idea, get out to your MSF class- then you'll be too hooked to turn back, and it'll only get worse! But it is alot of fun and worth your efforts!
Hope this helps,
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