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Offline mudcatcher

Suitable Adventure Bike for a short lady
« on: August 23, 2021, 08:09:11 pm »
Hi All

My partner rides a F650GS with lowered suspension and seat which works well for tar roads etc, but she still cannot put her feet flat when stationary. She is 5"1' (1.57m)

She wants to try her hand at Adventure riding but the bikes (single cylinder) we are considering from the Honda CRF200L to the 650 singles have high ground clearance for obvious reasons. 

 The closest we have come to being acceptable is a Suzuki Djebel 250 which would be great bike to start with, but ideally she wants to end with a 400 or 650cc

Any advice / idea what other options.
 

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Re: Suitable Adventure Bike for a short lady
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2021, 10:36:38 pm »
Hi,

Your partner is going to struggle - she is shorter than I am at 163cm, and I ride a lowered Suzuki DR650 SE. I'm only flat-footed when the bike is loaded with luggage. At least the DR weighs a bit less than the GS. I also had the DR's seat shaved to lower it by another 1cm.

DR200 might also be an option, it's not a very high bike. If you are looking for a Djebel, @Vulcan is selling his:
http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=261242.0;topicseen

With the smaller, lighter bikes you can get away with not reaching comfortably. I also have a KLX250S that was lowered a bit but I'm still on tiptoes. I went riding in more challenging terrain, and the lightness makes the bike easy to ride and manoeuvre. Loads of fun!!
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Re: Suitable Adventure Bike for a short lady
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2021, 07:25:00 am »
Superfoxi het met my CRF 250 L getoor en my korte beentjies raak die grond heel goed.  Sy is lekker lig en sy ry net daar waar ons haar vat. 
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Re: Suitable Adventure Bike for a short lady
« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2021, 12:04:04 pm »
Superfoxi het met my CRF 250 L getoor en my korte beentjies raak die grond heel goed.  Sy is lekker lig en sy ry net daar waar ons haar vat.

Mooi so! Is maar 'n stryd vir ons KGBs (Kortgat Girl Bikers) :ricky:
 

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Re: Suitable Adventure Bike for a short lady
« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2021, 12:08:26 pm »
Superfoxi het met my CRF 250 L getoor en my korte beentjies raak die grond heel goed.  Sy is lekker lig en sy ry net daar waar ons haar vat.

Mooi so! Is maar 'n stryd vir ons KGBs (Kortgat Girl Bikers) :ricky:

Hey wie noem jy 'n girl!!

Ek dink nie ek het al 'n bike besit waar ek my voete plat kan sit nie. Meeste van my bikes moes ek maar kies watse voet vat grond, die ander een dangle maar  :lol8:
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Re: Suitable Adventure Bike for a short lady
« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2021, 12:21:55 pm »
Superfoxi het met my CRF 250 L getoor en my korte beentjies raak die grond heel goed.  Sy is lekker lig en sy ry net daar waar ons haar vat.

Mooi so! Is maar 'n stryd vir ons KGBs (Kortgat Girl Bikers) :ricky: Fixed

Hey wie noem jy 'n girl!!

Ek dink nie ek het al 'n bike besit waar ek my voete plat kan sit nie. Meeste van my bikes moes ek maar kies watse voet vat grond, die ander een dangle maar  :lol8:

Ek onthou nog jou geskokte giggel toe jy op die Hooligan sit en jou voete is albei geplant :biggrin:

The struggle is real.
 

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Re: Suitable Adventure Bike for a short lady
« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2021, 01:01:03 pm »
Nog n kortgat wat injoin.

Ek het gesukkel met my F800GS want hy was te hoog vir my.

Don't start with a big heavy bike, it will set you back - unless you are a riding god. Any bike with removable dogbones at the rear can be dropped to a degree, just make sure you drop the forks in the tripple clamps a bit too.

Oh, and a 250 will surprise you offroad.  :ricky:
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Re: Suitable Adventure Bike for a short lady
« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2021, 01:26:20 pm »
Superfoxi het met my CRF 250 L getoor en my korte beentjies raak die grond heel goed.  Sy is lekker lig en sy ry net daar waar ons haar vat.

Mooi so! Is maar 'n stryd vir ons KGBs (Kortgat Girl Bikers) :ricky:

Hey wie noem jy 'n girl!!

Ek dink nie ek het al 'n bike besit waar ek my voete plat kan sit nie. Meeste van my bikes moes ek maar kies watse voet vat grond, die ander een dangle maar  :lol8:
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Re: Suitable Adventure Bike for a short lady
« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2021, 02:12:58 pm »
Superfoxi het met my CRF 250 L getoor en my korte beentjies raak die grond heel goed.  Sy is lekker lig en sy ry net daar waar ons haar vat.

Mooi so! Is maar 'n stryd vir ons KGBs (Kortgat Girl Bikers) :ricky:

Hey wie noem jy 'n girl!!

Ek dink nie ek het al 'n bike besit waar ek my voete plat kan sit nie. Meeste van my bikes moes ek maar kies watse voet vat grond, die ander een dangle maar  :lol8:
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Thanks for all the input. Current plan is to start small and build skills but overall adventure bike seem to be designed with clearance in mind and this will be the issue to over come.
 

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Re: Suitable Adventure Bike for a short lady
« Reply #9 on: August 24, 2021, 02:58:13 pm »
Nog n kortgat wat injoin.

Ek het gesukkel met my F800GS want hy was te hoog vir my.

Don't start with a big heavy bike, it will set you back - unless you are a riding god. Any bike with removable dogbones at the rear can be dropped to a degree, just make sure you drop the forks in the tripple clamps a bit too.

Oh, and a 250 will surprise you offroad.  :ricky:
Gee vir haar Djebel.

Hulle sal goed oor die weg kom.

Welkom by ons ou forumpie, waar bike praat die laaste ding op almal se gedagtes is
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Re: Suitable Adventure Bike for a short lady
« Reply #10 on: August 24, 2021, 07:49:19 pm »
Nog n kortgat wat injoin.

Ek het gesukkel met my F800GS want hy was te hoog vir my.

Don't start with a big heavy bike, it will set you back - unless you are a riding god. Any bike with removable dogbones at the rear can be dropped to a degree, just make sure you drop the forks in the tripple clamps a bit too.

Oh, and a 250 will surprise you offroad.  :ricky:
Gee vir haar Djebel.

Hulle sal goed oor die weg kom.

Welkom by ons ou forumpie, waar bike praat die laaste ding op almal se gedagtes is
Nog n kortgat wat injoin.

Ek het gesukkel met my F800GS want hy was te hoog vir my.

Don't start with a big heavy bike, it will set you back - unless you are a riding god. Any bike with removable dogbones at the rear can be dropped to a degree, just make sure you drop the forks in the tripple clamps a bit too.

Oh, and a 250 will surprise you offroad.  :ricky:
Gee vir haar Djebel.

Hulle sal goed oor die weg kom.

Welkom by ons ou forumpie, waar bike praat die laaste ding op almal se gedagtes is

Seems that the 250 is the way to go.

Thanks :thumleft:
 

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Re: Suitable Adventure Bike for a short lady
« Reply #11 on: August 24, 2021, 08:14:10 pm »
DR Suzukis, such as the DR 650, has two bolt holes in the bottom clevis of the rear shock, for normal and short riders. The spring base is also flipped, to prevent the shock bottoming out.

The front fork internals can also be altered for short riders.

The DR 250 Djebel has the same option on the rear shock. Sure the forks can be altered as well.

@superfoxi will sort the suspension out, at acceptable cost.

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Re: Suitable Adventure Bike for a short lady
« Reply #12 on: August 24, 2021, 08:26:47 pm »
The Suzuki DR 200 SE is one of the best starter bikes for ladies.

New ones can't be registered anymore
Older, 2nd hand ones are on the road.

Not a fast bike, but loads of fun off the tar.

The DR 200 has an off centre lower pivot on the rear shock to alter seat height. Seat can also be cut down if required.

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Re: Suitable Adventure Bike for a short lady
« Reply #13 on: August 24, 2021, 08:32:27 pm »
The Suzuki DR 200 SE is one of the best starter bikes for ladies.

New ones can't be registered anymore
Older, 2nd hand ones are on the road.

Not a fast bike, but loads of fun off the tar.

The DR 200 has an off centre lower pivot on the rear shock to alter seat height. Seat can also be cut down if required.

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Re: Suitable Adventure Bike for a short lady
« Reply #14 on: August 27, 2021, 01:32:07 am »
The Suzuki DR 200 SE is one of the best starter bikes for ladies.

New ones can't be registered anymore
Older, 2nd hand ones are on the road.

Not a fast bike, but loads of fun off the tar.

The DR 200 has an off centre lower pivot on the rear shock to alter seat height. Seat can also be cut down if required.

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« Reply #15 on: August 27, 2021, 06:48:28 am »


The Suzuki DR 200 SE is one of the best starter bikes for ladies.

New ones can't be registered anymore
Older, 2nd hand ones are on the road.

Not a fast bike, but loads of fun off the tar.

The DR 200 has an off centre lower pivot on the rear shock to alter seat height. Seat can also be cut down if required.

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250 Tornado also has a lowered setting.


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I must say I'm disappointed that you cant register the DR200 anymore. Has a nice look.
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Re: Suitable Adventure Bike for a short lady
« Reply #16 on: August 27, 2021, 07:18:55 am »
A friend of mine, also very short , started riding on a TW 200 - and has never looked back. She rides self-supported, carrying camping gear on the bike - and has no intention of getting anything bigger or more powerful.

If you or anyone is riding backroads on gravel predominantly, there is no reason to have a 650. TW 200/DR200/CTX 200/CRF 250 ( or 300) are all capable of anything any bigger bike can do on backcountry gravel.

As far as registering newer agricultural-type bikes is concerned (TW200/AG200/DR200), a dealer friend claims that it all depends who you know in what local authority... ???

Or you could just do what many do - donít bother. Itís not as though minor roads , tar or gravel, are policed. And if youíre marginally anxious, just have any old decoy number plate  :biggrin:....