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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 11-06-2002, 12:28 PM Thread Starter
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my friend is small, shes is about 95 pounds and she wants a sporty bike, she is pretty short too. She sat on the ninja 250 and it fits per perfect but she doesnt like the way it looks.....its a girl so you know they care about that. She already took the MSF course and got her liscence. She can barely touch the floor with her feet on my r6 and she wants something that looks pretty and is also small, any suggestion on what kind of bike is out there that is small but still looks sporty and nice?

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Didn't you already start a thread about this. ?

https://www.sportbikeworld.com/showth...threadid=29176

It makes sense in my head
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My apology. I am the one that sent him over to this form. Just felt that he might get better response from some of the women riders.
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I just got my ninja 250 a couple weeks ago. It certainly wasn't my first choice in a bike, but being that I have never personally driven one before I thought it was the best one for me to start out with. I am all of 5'0" and I can sit on the bike with the balls of both feet touching the ground.

I start my bike course next Friday ~ so hopefully after taking the course and getting my licence I will feel a hell of alot more confident on it. My plan is to ride it for the summer and then will look at getting something like a 600 next year.

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Re: bikes for small people

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my friend is small, shes is about 95 pounds and she wants a sporty bike, she is pretty short too. She sat on the ninja 250 and it fits per perfect but she doesnt like the way it looks.....its a girl so you know they care about that. She already took the MSF course and got her liscence. She can barely touch the floor with her feet on my r6 and she wants something that looks pretty and is also small, any suggestion on what kind of bike is out there that is small but still looks sporty and nice?

ps. No offense to the 250 ninjas
Hate to say this, but maybe a cruiser might be a good fit. That is what my wife ended up on after she had problem reaching the ground on any sportbike. There are some real cool bikes that are not sportbikes as well.

Ever see a Honda Nighthawk. Some of those are super sporty while still being technically a cruiser.

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If you find an older one, they had a 250 at one time.

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Hate to say this, but maybe a cruiser might be a good fit. That is what my wife ended up on after she had problem reaching the ground on any sportbike. There are some real cool bikes that are not sportbikes as well.

Ever see a Honda Nighthawk. Some of those are super sporty while still being technically a cruiser.

03 Honda 750 Nighthawk

If you find an older one, they had a 250 at one time.
Good advice, unfortunately the original question was asked in Nov. of 2002, so I would imagine they already got a bike by now. Sometimes these old threads pop up and nobody realizes they are sometimes years old.

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Good advice, unfortunately the original question was asked in Nov. of 2002, so I would imagine they already got a bike by now. Sometimes these old threads pop up and nobody realizes they are sometimes years old.
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I have a 250 also. While I've ridden larger bikes, I can't afford to get one and also modify it so that my 5'4 frame can comfortably control it. (Do-able, but not all that safe with only toes touching!) I had some advice from an SV site, and these guys were 5'4 and 5'5. They had shaved an SV1000's seat and said it was not only much easier to handle, but still remained comfortable.
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I have a 250 also. While I've ridden larger bikes, I can't afford to get one and also modify it so that my 5'4 frame can comfortably control it. (Do-able, but not all that safe with only toes touching!) I had some advice from an SV site, and these guys were 5'4 and 5'5. They had shaved an SV1000's seat and said it was not only much easier to handle, but still remained comfortable.
At 5'4" you should be able to get onto the balls of your feet. My wife is 5'1" and we lowered a 600 about 1.75" for her to be able to get the balls of her feet down. While ideally she would be flat footed, it was good enough to balance the bike.

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I adjusted the suspension on my ZX6R (2000). It didn't make much of a difference but it gave more "bounce" and also helped the bike handle bumps better in the turns. The suspension was way too stiff and the back tire would just jolt and I felt a little unstable when I was leaning harder.

Regardless, I am 5'3" and 112 pounds. I reach my toes on the ground but got the balance down to an art after 9 months on my 250. It feels perfectly stable leaning over a bit when I wait at a light or something. If I get bored I put down the kickstand and snooze for a bit.

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