Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: West Milford, NJ, USA
What bike would fit a petite woman rider?
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.
Robert in Northern NJ
'09 R12GS, '08 R12RT, '03 R1150RT, '01 F650GS - time to thin the herd?
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