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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-11-2002, 05:44 PM Thread Starter
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What sportbikes have low seat height for 5'3"?

My wife is an experienced cruiser rider (riding for 15+ years, currently rides a custom 700LB Shovelhead electraglide).

I have always had both cruisers and sportbikes, and she's ready to take a walk on the wild side.

What sportbikes have pretty low seats? She fit on my old 91 FZR1000, but that's gone now and I don't think that would be a good 1st sportbike anyway.

By the same token, I don't think a 250 is right for her either.

We say an older ZX-6R that would fit her. Anything else in the 600 range with pretty low seats? Even a 750 or 900?

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Cool

I am only 5'2" and have a Ninja ZX6R. I had it lowered an inch and am very comfortable with it. Also, so far no ground clearance issues despite being lowered for my comfort level (wanted to touch the ground with more than the big toenail!).
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What year is your ZX6R?....

We are not really in St. Louis at all. We live near Highland, IL, which is about 30 miles east of STL.
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Yeah, been there and done a couple biathalons... Not too far away.

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I'm 5'4 and fit comfortably on my Suzuki SV650S. Put a corbin seat on it to take it down a notch and now I'm flat-footed at the stop lights...
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SV was definately too tall

She must have shorter legs than you. The SV-S was way too tall. Too bad, 'cause that's a great bike. I think someone in MCN had the same issue. Bought his wife an SV but she never felt right on it becuase it was too tall. I'll have to dig up that article and see what she traded for.

Is the SV lower than the SVS?
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No, they're the same height.

You might want to look at the Ninja 500 (EX500) or pretty much any early 1990's 600. They all seem a lot shorter than their younger brothers and sisters.

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A friend of mine who is also real short has an SVS and does great with it. We did a couple of mods for her which helped a ton. First off, you can take out about an inch of the seat foam and it still is comfortable. Then we had custom dogbones made to lower the rear end about another inch (cost about $45), and then lowered the front forks a bit to compensate for lowering the back. This has worked real well. Before doing the mods she dropped the bike twice at low speed due to her not being comfortable on it, and sicne she has had no problems. It's a great bike to start on.

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You might also want to check out the ZX6E which my 5' 4" wife can get her feet down flat with the stock bike (she has fairly long legs for her height though). Very comfortable bike. Depends want your wife wants to use the bike for. The ZX6 has a softer suspension, more hp and a full fairing, which are all better for sport touring than an SV650.

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