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What bike would fit a petite woman rider?

Hi, all:

I have a friend who, very admirably, got quite seriously into motorcycling completely on her own (even against advice of her husband and family). She rides already several seasons, reasonably often, competent - took some courses and does ATGATT.

The problem is that she is only 5'2" and 115 lbs. And yet - apparently on the advice of some commission-hungry Yamaha salesman - she rides a 1300cc V-Star! Unbelievable. My jaw dropped when I saw her on that big fat pig - unfortunately, when she was buying it I did not know that and could not intervene.

A few months ago, she wound up in a scary collision (of the type "but officer, I did not see that motorcycle..."). The silver lining from that event is that she is willing to continue riding once the ACL-reconstruction surgery heals and that she is willing to get rid of the whale. (Before you boo me, yes, I do ride an 'LT, but I am some 50 lbs heavier).

So, my question to those of you who are or who know women riders is: what bike would be fitting for a 5'2" 115 lbs female ?

I am thinking about cruisers, since these tend to be low, but actually any type of machine would be considered. She does light urban, mostly rural type of riding on paved surfaces.

What would you suggest to look at? Thanks in advance.

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What bike would fit a petite woman rider?

My SO is about the same size and found an RT fits her. She has a Rick Mayer seat on it that is much slimmer than stock, allowing her feet to better reach the ground.

I put a set of Ohlins on it, set up with the lightest spring that they have, and it sits even lower now.
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A Ninja 250 or 500, or an SV650. Probably the best thing you can do is take her around to various shops and have her sit on as many bikes as possible and help her find one that fits her and she is comfortable on.

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...Probably the best thing you can do is take her around to various shops and have her sit on as many bikes as possible and help her find one that fits her and she is comfortable on.
That is true. However, since I'd need to go to Boston area where she lives, to help her out with selection, I'd like to narrow my choices to something reasonable.

SV650 does not sound bad - I've ridden that in a track school.

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My SO is about the same size and found an RT fits her. ...
It does look good.

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A friend of ours is around the same size , and rides a R1200R . ..Patric ...

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Suzuki C-50 is a good choice. 800cc, will kept up with most anything.
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http://www.surfmaine.com/vstar650/shakedown/index.html

http://www.motorcyclecruiser.com/roa...sic/index.html

You did say cruiser?

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That is true. However, since I'd need to go to Boston area where she lives, to help her out with selection, I'd like to narrow my choices to something reasonable.

SV650 does not sound bad - I've ridden that in a track school.
While you're at the Suzuki shop, have her sit on a GS500F. My wife currently rides one, and is really happy with it. 400 pounds, 65 mpg, good wind management (better with a Zero Gravity windshield) and stone reliable. Looks like a sportbike; sits like a standard. Gail is 5'0", I shaved the seat a little and eventually make some links for the rear to give her more "footing".

It all really depends on her inseam. If she has "legs", sure opens up the possibilities.

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The F650 with lowered seat and a Kuba Link suspension kit will give her a comfortable ride height
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My spare bike (well technically it is her bike) is a Kawasaki ER6. TBOT (The Bringer of Tea) is 5'4" and 126 lbs with fairly short legs. I have had to drop the forks a little and fitted a shorter rear shock but it fits her well. It is a nice wee bike, handles well and has ABS - well worth a look.

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+1 on the BMW F650GS

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Click on the above. The lady on the Harley is Jacqueline. She just completed a round trip to Alaska. She is about the height you asked about. I met her and she is not very tall. She rode a F650GS for the trip. I would PM her on that site and pick her brains. She is super nice lady and tell her I sent ya.

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F800ST with low suspension and low saddle - 29" seat height with narrow front so the legs can reach down.

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I have a friend who is 5' tall, and slightly heavier than 115, and she rides a 650 V Star, it fits her very well.
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I got to agree with the SV650.

My wife is the same size.
She loves her SV...
Any riders on this board who have ridden behind her would surely agree.

The SV is a perfect bike for any sized rider.

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You might want to check Women Who Ride forum

I know some from other forums that are on there and they are very nice and pretty knowledgable
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I tested a F800ST with the lower seat and I think it had the lower suspesion as well it might be a good fit for her. It is a blast to ride and very,very easy to ride. I would bet that the riding position would be very good for someone 5'2 because I'm 5'8 and my knees were bent quite a bit with standard pegs.It is a good looking bike with good power and the cornering is excellent,the ABS,heated grips,luggage options make for a sweet touring ride.
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Don't forget to have her ride and sit on the BMW F800ST or F800S in the lowered version. I've lowered several F800S with Wilbers shock and springs, also R1200R's and RT, no problem to drop them more than an inch.

Give them a look!
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