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Old 04-04-2005, 01:03 PM   #11
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Default Re: Short Riders: Finally a Way to Get a Leg Up!

I don't know about this. I mean, how would it look to have shins twice as long as your thights?



Maybe there's a crying need for sideshow attractions.
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Old 04-04-2005, 07:41 PM   #12
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Damn, saw it a mile away and still snickered.
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Old 04-04-2005, 10:35 PM   #13
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There is nothing funny or cute about the difficulty in "short" riders have riding bikes with higher seats. i'am an avid rider with a Bimota yb 10 ,M-G Centauro , Buell x1 ,Honda F4i and a few others.

There are thousands of us not to mention 10s of thousand Woman who also may be of shorter stature.

many bikes can have different kinjages installed that will make the bike about an inch or so shorter without changing the handling appreciably. My Honda ,Buell an BMW f650 gs ,Triumphs are examples. One has to search and find a dealer who is interested enough to make the sale as well as the catalogs and internet.

A customised seat can also take off an inch or so.

Finally if you can find a shoemaker he can add about 2 inches to the soles of many boots .H-D work best for about $40.(Tinos in Ottawa Il. does a great job for about $40.)

Between all the lowering and lengthing you can ride most anything.

Many manufacters make lower bikes for the japanese markets.

The center of gravity als makes a big difference in the handling for us "shortys"

BMW K 1200rs has a reasonably short seat and a low center of gravity. i will be glad to correspond with anyone who would like some help or has other ideas.

I "am not surprised at the Stupid remarks are taller brethern have made. They have done this since third grade and obviously have not advanced since this.jim at gallai6@aol.com
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Old 04-05-2005, 03:07 AM   #14
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I'm short, but I never had a problem reaching the foot pegs. You must be really short.
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Old 04-05-2005, 03:27 AM   #15
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I'm like another poster, 5' 6" and 29" inseam. Many years ago I came across an interesting surety statistic. The average human male is 5' 6" tall. Even more interesting, for every inch of height above 5' 6" your average life expectancy is one year less. You learn the darnedest things from insurance agents.



Seriously, just about any bike can be lowered such that the only handling problem is slightly reduced ground clearance.
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Old 04-05-2005, 05:20 AM   #16
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I actually heard about a Marine who is using this. His lower leg was shattered in combat, but they rebuilt the bone structure. It was missing some bits so it was shorter, so he is going through this proceedure to lengthen his leg to get back into active duty. Though muther.



On a motorcycle note, thats would be a creepy thing to see, like a warped Anime scene. The motorcycle pulls up to the burger barn, a thing with 3' legs and a 2' torso gets off the bike.
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Old 04-05-2005, 06:58 AM   #17
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Years ago in southern France I saw a guy park his bike on the sidewalk next to a bar. He had one leg. He was short - they all were then - and he just made sure that every time he stopped, his weight was shifted so he could put his left leg down. The bike was a Honda 200. He must have just used the front brake.



So stop whining!
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Old 04-05-2005, 09:14 AM   #18
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Not surprisingly, every reply about how having a short inseam is not a problem on a bike is posted by somebody who does NOT have a short inseam.



Try backing up a 600+ bike on tiptoes.



There are quite a few riders with inseams of 28, 27, 26, or 25 inches. However, bike magazines don't hire testers with inseams this short.
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Old 04-05-2005, 10:14 AM   #19
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try not parking downhill midget man. MWHAHAHAHAHHAAAAaa...
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Old 04-05-2005, 10:18 AM   #20
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How about some retractable training wheels a-la Wild Bill's Road Dog?
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