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Old 02-25-2009, 09:21 PM   #1
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Default Petite sport touring bikes?

Are there any sport touring bikes for petite (female) riders? I am 5' tall, with a 29" inseam, and I like the look of a sport bike, but not the seating position. I think I would be more comfortable on a sport touring bike (or a cruiser, obviously, but I would prefer a sport touring bike), but I haven't seen anything small enough for me! Any advice? Thanks!
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Old 02-25-2009, 09:34 PM   #2
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Are there any sport touring bikes for petite (female) riders? I am 5' tall, with a 29" inseam, and I like the look of a sport bike, but not the seating position. I think I would be more comfortable on a sport touring bike (or a cruiser, obviously, but I would prefer a sport touring bike), but I haven't seen anything small enough for me! Any advice? Thanks!
Well, anything can be a touring bike. But, if you are looking for something smaller and lighter to fit your frame, you might want to think about bikes like the Ninja 650R, Suzuki GS500F, and the GSX650F. I believe Givi has hard bags for the 650R and the 650F and all three have a very upright seating position.

On top of that it seems that this may be your first bike. If that is the case, than the Suzuki GS500F would be a decent first bike.

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Old 02-26-2009, 12:41 AM   #3
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hope you find what you need, i only have e-bikes .
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Old 02-26-2009, 01:57 AM   #4
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Are there any sport touring bikes for petite (female) riders? I am 5' tall, with a 29" inseam, and I like the look of a sport bike, but not the seating position. I think I would be more comfortable on a sport touring bike (or a cruiser, obviously, but I would prefer a sport touring bike), but I haven't seen anything small enough for me! Any advice? Thanks!
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Old 02-26-2009, 06:17 AM   #5
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A couple of guys around here use older Ninja 250s for sport-touring. I don't know what mods they have made to the riding position, but I haven't heard of any complaints.

As sportbikes go, the Ninjette has a fairly relaxed riding position.
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Old 02-26-2009, 06:49 AM   #6
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One of my riding buddies bought a Ninja500 for his wife who is 5' tall. He added a lowering link which lowered it 1.5". You can get a lot of accessories for the Ninja500 and make a sport tourer out of it by adding saddlebags, etc.
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Old 02-26-2009, 07:51 AM   #7
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Sachi is the site Mama-san, and usually has good information for the female riders.

We haven't heard from Herself lately, have we?
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Old 02-26-2009, 08:30 AM   #8
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I put a 41-tooth rear sprocket (standard is 45) on my little Ninja 250, so that the motor wouldn't be spinning as fast at expressway/freeway speeds; this was a recommendation from an MSF instructor on ninja250.com who used his for touring. And I bought a touring windscreen and lowering links for my girlfriend's Ninja 500 at solomotoparts.com, which is the only place I found both these items. Just an fyi for pintsz.
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Old 02-26-2009, 08:48 AM   #9
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Sachi is the site Mama-san, and usually has good information for the female riders.

We haven't heard from Herself lately, have we?
Probably the reason KayPee is still "alive".......
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Old 02-26-2009, 09:00 AM   #10
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Great suggestions from the Insurance guy:
The BMW F650/G650GS, The new Aprilia Shiver, Honda VFR750/800, Kawasaki Versys, The Suzuki DL650, Ducati MTS620 Multistrada, Moto Guzzi Breva 750, if you go just a little sport a used Yamaha YZF600r (not the R6- this is the first gen YZF).
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