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Ladies... I give you The Short Bike List!

Posted: Mon Sep 03, 2007 1:03 pm
by Lion_Lady
This is so amazing!!! A whole website (plus mailing list) for folks of shorter stature.

LOVE THIS: No one is too short to ride a motorcycle. Short beginners are merely too inexperienced to manage a motorcycle.

Truly short riders are generally under 5'2". People who are 5'4" have many more options than they think and can eventually ride all but the tallest motorcycles.

http://www.nebcom.com/noemi/moto/sbl.faq.html

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Posted: Sun Sep 09, 2007 4:32 pm
by tink
Hey There...

I am 5'1" and 50 and not great posture posture but not horible either.

At the moment I am trying to get comfortable on my 1200L Sportster.

I have had it now for 9 months and 5500 miles...put a harley reach seat on it (not certain that did much) Bought and wear the Icon Bombshell riding boot (3 inch heel helps to 'feel' flat footed) and because my reach is short i needed to modify the bars and so put the sportser Mini Apes on her. I still do not stit up straight...i need about 2 and a half to three inches closer to me. Rotating the existing bars does nothing. I would also love to have a more comfortable seat that was about one inch lower!!!!! I NEED A MIRACLE!!!!
My husband started out saying "you'll get used to it" I am not certain I can get used to the constant back ache after only 100 miles. :frusty:
Any one out there have any input??

tink

Posted: Sun Sep 09, 2007 5:20 pm
by Veda
No input from me, but a question. What do you think of those boots? I have heard mixed reviews.

Posted: Sun Sep 09, 2007 6:24 pm
by tink
well, i wouldn't be able to have my feet on the ground with them!.....I love wearing my gear.....i'm a gear kinda girl.....so i love the padding all up the leg and the extra little pad they put in over the ankle bone.

I love the heel and the little arch for the peg. They might be a bit of a nuisance with boards instead of pegs...????

They only complaint I have is that the shaft is VERY narrow. I contemplated taking them to a shoe shop and have them put an extra bit of leather in the already darted back. But I squished the top of the boot down ever so slightly the first 30 or 40 times to JUST get them zipped, and now they have stretched to accept my ample calf.
I am just 5'1" so I think they are GREAT!

Posted: Thu Dec 13, 2007 6:36 pm
by RidingAK
I have a custom seat on my bike that dropped a good two inches from the stock seat. It is also incredibly comfortable. I'm 5'2" and ride a fairly tall bike. I have to slide a little to one side, but not enough that it is an issue for me. When I first started riding I bought a pair of boots that fit well, then had 1/2" added to the soles. It didn't change my ability to get my foot under the shifter, you couldn't tell looking at me that I was wearing "high heels," but the extra height gave me enough extra stability to get me past the noob stage without too much trouble.

gl 1000 different seat

Posted: Sun Jan 20, 2008 3:05 am
by oldcrow
hello i'm new here but here goes. my husband bought me a gl 1000 77, which he is restoring but i need a different seat. the bike feels to tall for me since i'm a new rider. just beginning. i make his bike look better. anyway i'm only 5'3" and i stand on tip toes. does anyone have any answers for better lower seat i've looked all over on this computer. are there any seats that will fit my bike. it does not have to be for honda as long as it fits and is smaller. thanks ladies and nice talking to ya

Re: gl 1000 different seat

Posted: Mon Jan 21, 2008 11:13 pm
by dean owens
oldcrow wrote:hello i'm new here but here goes. my husband bought me a gl 1000 77, which he is restoring but i need a different seat. the bike feels to tall for me since i'm a new rider. just beginning. i make his bike look better. anyway i'm only 5'3" and i stand on tip toes. does anyone have any answers for better lower seat i've looked all over on this computer. are there any seats that will fit my bike. it does not have to be for honda as long as it fits and is smaller. thanks ladies and nice talking to ya
i know this is the ladies lounge, so forgive me... but that's a lot of bike for someone who is 5'3" and just starting out. it's a great bike, but there's a lot of it. any chance he could get you something a bit smaller?

Posted: Tue Jan 22, 2008 5:55 pm
by Bluebabe
Hello oldcrow...

My husband has an 1800 Goldwing and there are ladies that ride them all over the place, so don't worry about your abilities.

Try this site: http://www.hartcoseats.com/hondapresidentgl1000.html

They will custom fit the seat to your measurements so that it will fit YOU. Goldwing lady riders do it all the time. There is one little lady, 5' that is on an 1800 Goldwing Drill Team and she does just fine. Also has special made boots. Since hubby is saving money and fixing it up for you, the least you should do is get the seat to fit for you to guarantee that you can ride it. It won't be cheap, but tell him he will have the piece of mind that you are confident on the bike when you can at least be flat footed, very important in my book.

I am 5' 3" now and have a 900 Vulcan. I did start out on a smaller bike, but would have done fine on the one I have now, too.

Take the MSF class, and take your bike. Trailor it there if you have to or see if they can pick it up for you. Let them know you would like to try some of the course with your own bike. They will probably have you do most of the class on a smaller bike and then usually when you are comfortable enough, they may switch you out and have you do the course on your own bike. That's what they do up here, anyway.

I have a lot of lady friends that started out on larger bikes, no big deal.

Either way, that is pretty cool. Don't worry about the size, you will be fine. Just work up to what the bike has to offer and respect it and you will be fine....

Posted: Sat May 03, 2008 6:46 pm
by follow
You probably have solved your problem by now but I too am of a short stature 5'3" and I do not wear heals taller that 2" for safety reasons (me).
I use to have a hugger (same as a sportser Low) which had forward controls, talk about reach. So the seat had to be shaved down 2" and built in the back to push me forward to start and then my husband found me short shocks for the back which meant I had to watch out for holes and dips because i only had 2" of shock not 4" but I had my feet flat on the ground. As far as the bars go, mini apes kicked backed to me. Ended up with the perfect ride, took alot of tropies home on that baby. I did eventually trade it in only because she had alot of miles on it. Traded her in for a bagger and had to do the same thing to the street glide, seat, bars, but not the shocks-just let all the air out.

Posted: Wed May 07, 2008 2:52 am
by jmillheiser
My wife tried the sportster L and found it too top heavy and uncomfortable for her tastes, shes 5'3". She really liked both the Suzuki C50 and S40, the seat on both of them is nice and low and they aren't top heavy at all.

A GL1000 is a lot of bike for a first time rider, 30 year old bike that has more power than most modern cruisers. The original GL1000 before all the touring stuff was put on it was pretty much the first power cruiser

4'10" on a harley sport 883 hugger

Posted: Sun Jun 14, 2009 10:27 am
by delyn
Hi all I'm new here. Just found the site which I think is great.
I rode a 883 hugger for 8 years with no major problems.

Rode with flats but heel did not touch the ground. My dealer said that the (swing)? arm could be flipped to lower it but by the time I got back fro TX I was used to riding the bike as it sat.
Had a issue with the oil cap resting right under my thigh, that got slightly warm. :)

Re: Ladies... I give you The Short Bike List!

Posted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 6:13 pm
by nytrauma911
I'm 5"1 1/4, weight 120 lbs. I have a yamaha virago 250 which i absolutely love, but now I want to upgrade to something with a little more power. I love the yamaha tourer 950, but it is very top heavy. it takes me 2-3 tries just to get the bike up in a ride position. People are telling me the weight is not a problem when Im riding, and I can see that. But my concern is when I stop or slow down will I be able to handle the weight. Any advise would be greatly appreciated.

Re: Ladies... I give you The Short Bike List!

Posted: Sat Feb 13, 2010 9:15 pm
by MZ33
If you want to stay with cruisers, try looking at the Kawi Vulcan 500cc, or the Honda Shadows (600-750cc). You will get used to the heavier weight with time, but if you have to work as hard as it sounds to get the bike off the stand, I would say it isn't fun. I had that happen to me when trying to sit on a Yamaha SomethingHuge cruiser at a demo. I figure if I can't rock it off it's stand, I don't want it--even if I can ride it.

On the other hand, take a look at other cruisers in the 950's class, and try sitting and righting those. It may very well be that you need to practice a different technique than you used with the 250. The 250 is probably light enough that you can muscle it around with mostly arm strength, like a guy would. Your strength is in your lower body, not upper. All cruisers carry their weight low, so if you use your legs and hips to help you rock the bike up, you may be surprised at what you can do. That Yamaha is the only bike I've ever had that problem with, and it was a shocker. I'm pretty strong, grew up on a farm, around machinery, etc. I'm also kind of short, with short arms, so it may be that I just couldn't leverage my body the way I wanted. :twocents:

Re: Ladies... I give you The Short Bike List!

Posted: Sun Feb 14, 2010 6:29 pm
by dr_bar
nytrauma911 wrote:I love the yamaha tourer 950, but it is very top heavy. it takes me 2-3 tries just to get the bike up in a ride position... ...But my concern is when I stop or slow down will I be able to handle the weight. Any advise would be greatly appreciated.

First off, if you're holding the 950 in an upright position, it is a very well balanced bike and shouldn't be a problem. You will find that you will eventually find the 950 to be a rather light-weight bike after riding it for a while. A good tip on standing any bike up...


First, straddle the bike.
Second, turn the handle bars all the way to the right.
Third, lift the bike and rotate the bars to centre as you lift.

I know people that are quite small and can lift the biggest bike they can get their leg over using this technique. My bike is well over 800lbs, (and that's before I throw all my gear on it) and it pops up like a dream. Give it a try and let me know what you think....


Doug

Re: Ladies... I give you The Short Bike List!

Posted: Wed Nov 24, 2010 11:20 am
by johbren
My wife is 4'9" with a 24 inch inseam. She bought a vstar 650 custom. We lowered it 4" in the rear and 1.5" in the front. She can ride it with no problems. She can cruise down the interstate 75 mph all day long.

Re: Ladies... I give you The Short Bike List!

Posted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 7:41 pm
by BRUMBEAR

Re: Ladies... I give you The Short Bike List!

Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2015 9:04 pm
by Sporty313
Hi ladies... New here. Love the site. Been riding 12 years 4'11" started on. Buell 650, moved to an 07 HD SPORTSTER 883 XL low, just traded for a sporster 1200 touring super low...and while the new bike is sold as a super low it is about 1.5 inches taller than my old sporty and wider...just enough that I cannot flatfoot and getting it off my driveway and backing it up into the street is a problem. Any recommendations on custom seats ..had a corbin slim on the last sporty but they are hard a concrete....would prefer a softer ride this time around ... Also any advise on boots. Thanks Sporty313

Re: Ladies... I give you The Short Bike List!

Posted: Wed Jul 01, 2015 1:55 am
by blues2cruise
I can't help you with the seat...but some Harley boots have very thick soles and heels. Go to your local HD dealer and try some on.

They have laces on the front but a side zipper.

Re: Ladies... I give you The Short Bike List!

Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:25 pm
by sdweltoro
Sporty313 wrote:
Mon Jun 29, 2015 9:04 pm
Hi ladies... New here. Love the site. Been riding 12 years 4'11" started on. Buell 650, moved to an 07 HD SPORTSTER 883 XL low, just traded for a sporster 1200 touring super low...and while the new bike is sold as a super low it is about 1.5 inches taller than my old sporty and wider...just enough that I cannot flatfoot and getting it off my driveway and backing it up into the street is a problem. Any recommendations on custom seats ..had a corbin slim on the last sporty but they are hard a concrete....would prefer a softer ride this time around ... Also any advise on boots. Thanks Sporty313
You might want to try a Harley "Brawler" solo seat.

Re: Ladies... I give you The Short Bike List!

Posted: Mon Feb 05, 2018 10:54 am
by ACollins012
Is a ninja 650 street bike too much bike for a rider at only 5'1?