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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-15-2002, 02:17 PM Thread Starter
 
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Bike for shorter person...

Hey everyone,
First off this site is great, and a huge help. I was wondering what bikes adapt to shorter people well. Not really short, but not tall either. I'm about 5' 7" and was wondering what sportbikes are good for this height. I'm mostly looking for a ~600cc bike. None of that gixxer1000 or R1 stuff. Thanks.
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Being 6'2", I find myself saying that most all bikes would fit better if I were 5'7" or so.

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Especially with that pocketbike under your name...
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If you're looking at 600's, I would point ya towards the Hondas. I started on an F4 when it was brand new. Most people will tell you to look for one a few years old though, and with good reason. it hurts less to drop a used bike than it does to drop a new one (at least mentally).

The most important thing to remember though is not to push yourself beyond your limits. Also, enroll in an MSF course as soon as possible if you have not already taken one.

Other than that, just be safe!

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The Kawi Zx6e (not the 6R) has one of the lowest seat heights of any sportbike out there. It happens to be a great newbie bike (not sure if you fall into this category..just assuming) its light, easy to maneuver and learn on. Not a real hard core sportbike, but you won't feel intimidated. You can always trade up when you are ready!
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do you want a twin or a four?
twins i would go sv 650s in fours i would go yzf600r (not the r6)
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post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-18-2002, 06:56 PM
 
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Depends on how long your legs are. I am 5'8" and have no problems with my bike. I also have no problems with my husbands Busa (when he lets me ride it which isn't very often). The only bike that I found a little tall just admiring in the store was the Aprillia Good luck in your bike search
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If you find a bike that you like but it feels a slight bit too tall, go and talk to some shops before you buy anything. Look for places that deal with racing suspensions. My fiancee and I took my 2000 F4 to a place and they were able to lower it 1.75" so that she could ride it, and she is only 5'1". It was around $600-$700, but well worth it the first time I saw her face when she sat on it and realized she could ride it with no problems. I've even ridden it since then and at 6'2" and 230 or so, it was just fine. I probably rode it 40 or so miles and I couldn't tell any difference in handling. Anyway, good luck with the search, but I doubt you'll have any problems.

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Thanks for all the info guys, i appreciate it.
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If you are cursed with short arms as well, something you may want to look out for is the reach to the bars and the general ergonomics of your upper body. I've recently realized that in order to steer the bike properly, I need to be a "tank hugger", in order to get my (short) arms low enough for maximum leverage. My TT has a moderate bar position that really needs to be lower to take some of the stress off of my (now aching) shoulder. Clip-ons, here I come.

Just some food for thought.

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