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post #11 of 29 Old 09-20-2015, 10:43 PM
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I think the CB500x is too tall for her inseam even tho it's a terrific bike.

Burgman 200 too expensive and not touring capable.

If you can find one the BMW Scarver F650cs is a brilliant bike. Even tho a 650 its seating can be made very low ( one of the instructors who is height challenged rides one ) and it's a long term ride.

Way ahead of it's time...belt drive, fuel down low ( what looks like a fuel tank is storage ).

there is a low seat available and a lowering kit
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No problem with her keeping up and might be a 10 year machine.

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post #12 of 29 Old 09-21-2015, 02:18 AM
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Add the 650 cc Suzuki Savage/S40 to Thump's list.

How tall is the Kawasaki Versys?

Much depends on how strong and athletic she is. Some of the lower bikes with bigger engines might be too heavy to be handy for her. The smaller cc bikes might work better. The Yamaha TW200 is a good choice. The Suzuki TU250X is a great little bike; a fine choice for a first bike for the smaller rider--fuel injected, classic looks.

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post #13 of 29 Old 09-21-2015, 03:00 AM
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I echo the little Suzuki TU250X but only a short term learner. TW is fun but too specialized in my view.

Versys is 33.3" ...non-starter that,

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post #14 of 29 Old 09-21-2015, 03:13 AM
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Yamaha XJ600

Not the lowest seat height, I think about 28-29in. I have mine raised a bit in the back and my friend who is maybe 5'5" rides it just fine. It's a great bike, easy to work on, bulletproof, and does just about everything. I've taken mine on dirt bikes tracks in the mountains and did my 40 mile commute for 6 years on it.

It's not super exciting, but it's a great bike and can usually be found pretty cheap, in the $1k-$1500 range. Parts are decently available, I've never had any problems. Quite a few crossover parts to other yamahas and to Polaris actually.

You can get them cheap if it has out of tuned or gunked up carbs. Pretty easy to to clean them up and tune them right (the guy that runs my forum will actually do it all for you for a ridiculously low price, just mail them to him).

Easy to mod too if you so choose. I've modded the crap out of mine.

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post #15 of 29 Old 09-21-2015, 11:15 PM
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the TW200 is a great all purpose bike though probably not really usable for touring... I want one for winter riding.
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post #16 of 29 Old 09-23-2015, 07:54 PM
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My wife just got her license as well and we were shopping for quite a while to find a bike that felt right for her. She is 5'3" w/29" inseam. She decided on a 2009 Yamaha VStar 250. She could mount it easily, the controls were comfortable for her, the weight of the bike at a stop was easy to balance/manage. She is very happy with it. Picked it up in gorgeous condition with only 1,300 miles on it. She tried the Honda Rebel 250 as well but she didn't find it as comfortable.

I'm 6'4" w/36" inseam so it's a little tight for me but I still find it fun to ride.
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post #17 of 29 Old 02-19-2016, 08:29 PM
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I used to have a Kawi Versys 650 and loved it... nice and light and very comfortable. A little tall, but scoop the seat and it'll be perfect.
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post #18 of 29 Old 02-19-2016, 08:40 PM
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Surprised no one mentioned a Honda Rebel. Low, and can run at highway speeds, and a good starter bike. a short guy I worked with rode his to work every good day of the year.

I do agree with CruisnGrrl with the choice of having a Yamaha TW200 for the nasty days of the year. I'm lookin for one.

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post #19 of 29 Old 02-20-2016, 01:08 AM
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My wife is petite and also 5'4" and started with (and currently rides) a lowered 2009 Gladius. Mind you, when she was younger she rode dirt bikes a bit but has been away from them for a while.

I think the important thing is to make sure she is comfortable with the bike. If she can't flat-foot it and has to work hard to keep the bike upright she will not be a happy camper.


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+1 on Vulcan 500. Great bike. Low. Ninja power train with 6 speed tranny. Good for hwy. speed too.
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