Talkback: Top 5 new bikes for short riders

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Talkback: Top 5 new bikes for short riders

Correct me if I am wrong but isnt this an IL4 not a parallel-twin?

Bonnies have always been parallel twins

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Its a shame most new shortie riders will never experience the Honda CBR400RR NC29. With its 760mm seat height and its also a very narrow seat width, it fits me nice and Im just 5'. The width of the bike seat is as important as the height when your short. So that Goldwing height of 740mm might look appealing even if you can handle the weight but I bet the short rider will still not feel confident with their legs splayed so much. I think I would still struggle on all the bikes mentioned above if stock.

Any advice for a 5`1" lady rider. Just got rid of my bonneville as it was far too heavy for me to move around the garage and park. Lovely bike to ride but didn`t feel confident as it was too heavy.
Any suggestions?
I do like the classic looking bikes though - not in to sporty

Who wrote this a 7ft giant? most short riders with seat height difficulty are under 5ft 5 I'm 5ft dead and have only ever owned 400cc sport bikes I suggest a short rider does the research its a insult to say 5ft 5 to 5ft 7 is short I wish I was that tall

I'm 4'11 and a half", I have an inside leg of 27" I AM SHORT!! Someone who is 5' 5" - 5' 7" is average for a female. So when thinking of a short person please ask short people rather than just assuming that you know what short is!!

I'm massive at 5ftand that important half inch.. I had a vfr400 nc30 lowered plus my hubby cut out the seat sponge sstill I touched ground with tip toes(27and a bit inside leg ..

"the bike weighs a hefty 405kg - that's not something short legs want to be supporting..." Hey, tall chap. We've got short legs, not spindly legs like tall people. A kick in the nuts says short people aren't weaklings.

totally agree...who is this eedjit....if we had average leg length we wdn't be SHORT...omg what a

Nathan, I'm 5'2 with a 26in inside leg. 5'5 - 5'7 with average leg length? What a pillock!

Anyway, I bought a Cagiva Raptor 1000 and had the seat lowered and was able to manage it. What a fantastic bike. Go sit on one as the advertised seat height doesn't match the reality in my opinion.

So funny to read the midgets comments :D Carry on!

Please WRITE ANOTHER REVIEW, this time for riders that are 5'0 to 5'5. I want to see motorcycles that are < 32 inches seat and < 400 lbs.

I agree, 5ft 5 is tall for me....being just over the 5ft mark myself, and the reason why i never got rid of my tzr, but i can only just touch the ground on my tippy toes

I'm 5' and looking for a motorcycle - this article was of no help - though a few of the comments were helpful - Please go look up short - as we like to ride too!!!!

this still leaves me not knowing what bikes would fit my 4' 10" 26" inside leg frame:-(

Someone HELP

I'm not quite as short as some of the people above, at a sky-high 5'4 1/2 (according to army records). Would love to see a good used bike guide for shorter riders! I'm currently in the process of lowering a 1996 Suzuki DR350SE Dual Sport to fit my height.

I'm 5'0 and I am looking into buying my first bike. Any suggestions?

hi my girlfriend is 5 ft. exactly, we found the virago 535 suited her. low seat height and only 145 kg. hope this helps.

I got a taller woman...suits me fine....

Cruisers are not suited to uk roads ....even the smaller twins , which is a shame but too true....I speak from having had a couple ( vs1400 and ls650 ( import o5 ) .

I'm 5'5" and while I might not be that short, I still feel short and I still like to get more than my toes on the ground because our roads are pitted and worn.

I've sat on a GXS650 and it was too tall and far, far, far too heavy - at least the weight wasn't low enough. I've had my CBR600F lowered, and at standard height they're recommended for 'short' people.

These articles are all written by 6ft journalists who haven't got a clue what they're talking about!

My GF is 5.5 and her first bike was (still has it) the white 696M in the picture. I rode it myself (I am 6.1), it is a bit too low for me. Now she rides 2009 CBR600RR with stock suspension. No problem, only difficult to move around when standing still.

I'm 5'2" and I didn't find this article at all helpful.

Why can't you have short reviewers giving their personal experience with a range of motorcycles? Have them determine what goes on the Top 5 list, instead of just guessing.

Seat height alone doesn't determine whether a bike is suitable; nor the weight - Is it top-heavy, or does it have a reassuringly low centre of gravity? Will the pegs dig into your ankles when you stop? How far is the reach to the handlebars? Can you deploy the centre stand, or is the grab rail too distant?

Is there actually a motorcycle which on paper looks improbable, but in reality just needs one slight modification to make it perfect?

Honda's new MSX125 is a fantastic machine for shorter riders, there's more aftermarket parts than available than there is for a Bandit, they weigh 100kg, and have 8bhp as standard... that's 80BHP per tonne!
pair that with TYGA's power up kit and the 210cc superbore head kit and you could be claiming 20-30 bhp... 2-300bhp per tonne!

it sounds a bit far fetched, but the speed it corners at is unbelievably quick and it quite easily fends off the 600's and 1000's in the twisties due to its low centre of gravity, and lightweightedness...
give it a go if you want something to suit the smaller rider.

I've owned a Superduke 990,a Speed Triple 1050, an MV Agusta F4 312R, and a Daytona 675.. i can happily tell you the MSX has been the most fun!

Wow. I had given up on trying to get through a bike test. I am male, 54 years of age and dead on 5 ft tall and weigh 7.5 stone.

Last bike I had was an Aprilia RS 125 which I sold 12 years ago 'cos my partner said it was too big for me.

I had it slightly lowered and I had extra heels put on my boots by a cobble and even then could only get one foot down tip toes.

Anyone on here who is 5 feet tall or less passed a full bike test?

If so how did you do it - I have sat on a GS500 and they were too big - and equally as a 7 stone weakling - too heavy!


I am 5ft 4in, currently riding CBR500R with standard suspension & tyres from factory. I am able to plant my foot flat on the ground but both feet. Overall, I recommend CBR500R for short riders.

*but NOT both feet. Anywho, one foot flat on the ground and another on the peg is stable enough when you aren't moving. furthermore, you need one foot to step on the rear brake pedal anyway.

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