best bike for petite woman (cruiser)
September 18, 2009 at 1:22 am #3440
Can you give suggestions for the best (lowest seat) bikes out there? I understand Honda Rebel, Shadow VLX, and Shadow Spirit 750 all are some of the lowest seats, along with the Harley XL883L (is that too much bike?) Also, what about the reach to the handlebars – are some bikes closer than others? And the clutch and brake system…I was told in my motorcycle safety class that you can get something to make the shifting easier for those of us with short fingers!
Please guide me in the right direction …
thank youSeptember 18, 2009 at 1:31 am #22401MunchParticipant
Seats heights….you got your list already …. HOWEVER….. aftermarket seats (in your personalizing process) can typically lower seat height by as much as 2 inches, in the cruiser world that as, such as Mustang and Saddleman. Or you can try the more expensive lowering kits. Reach can be remedied very easily and cheaply by getting handle bar riders. Typically they move the bars up and back and you can adjust the placement of the grips at install to giving you a wide range of tinkering. For levers (clutch and brake) you can find after market shorty levers.
Remember….no bike is ever perfect outta the box, out the door. Some can come darned close though.September 18, 2009 at 2:06 am #22407owlieParticipant
You might also look at Suzuki’s line up of cruisers. You’re suggestions run the gamut on power, so you might try their GZ250, TU250X and the S40 (which is a 650). All of them have comparable seat heights to the Rebel. The S40 has more of the cruiser styling with a slightly longer rake, while the other two are standards.September 18, 2009 at 2:14 am #22409
thanks for the Suzuki suggestions – i have them listed as a little higher than the others, 27.6 (S40) and 27.8 (GZ250) and when your short, it makes a big difference.September 18, 2009 at 2:31 am #22410owlieParticipant
Not sure how short you are. I’m 5’2″, and the S40 is plenty low for me. I think it would probably be fine for someone who is another 4-5″ shorter than me, but you just have to sit on them to figure it out.September 18, 2009 at 3:30 am #22411
thanks for the info. I’ve learned it also depends on your torso and legs – which make up the height! I am 5′ 1 1/2″, but have shorter legs than torso!September 18, 2009 at 3:40 am #22412AParticipant
Moto Guzzi Breva 750
September 20, 2009 at 9:05 pm #22440Jon D.Participant
My wife is also a very short woman. She did not like the honda 750 due to the forward controls. the Suzuki’s fit her best as she didn’t feel as though she was reaching for everything. The S50 fit her so well it looked as though they made it just for her ( posture was great and all controls in easy reach ). I will lower it for her so that she will be able to touch flat-footed ,but talking only an inch. The S40 is a very mild performer and will make a great first bike with a possible S50 to graduate up to. my wife is only 5′ tall with a 26 or so inseam and she still fits a bike that states it is taller than it seems to be. check them out and I think you will be glad that you gave the Suzuki’s a look. Take care and God bless. Jon D.
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