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post #11 of 55 Old 07-22-2019, 12:18 PM
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There's the 300 Versys, the 450 CSC, the Royal Enfield Himalayan. Many smaller bikes.
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post #12 of 55 Old 07-22-2019, 02:25 PM Thread Starter
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One assumes you've already installed the low seat and bar risers to bring the controls closer to you.
Negative. It would still not address the bike being top-heavy and too heavy for me.

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Several bikes come to mind. Suzuki SV650 (Dry Wt ~365 lbs.), Yamaha FZ07 (Dry Wt ~360 lbs.). The biggest thing to consider sounds like ergonomics. Use the following web app to check how well you fit on most any bike out there. Click Here >>> Motorcycle Ergonomics It's a great program that lets you compare an contrast many different bikes. Example readouts are shown below. Good Luck!!!
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I have a V2 and also a Versys X300 for me to use on our fire roads. It is a little lower and a lot lighter but still a great adventure bike. I weight 210 and it has no problem propelling me down the interstate at 75 mph.

My 5' 4" wife has no problem pushing it around the garage and driveway and riding it. She can even get it off the ground pretty easily. It is 385 lbs. There are a good number of female owners on our X300 forum.




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That's a reasonable bike if you are not touring - bit more capable off pavement ...same seat height, lighter bike but less power and not as good fuel mileage due to the higher rpm needed.

You'd be fine with either ...there are more used CB500x out there.
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Forgot to post the Facebook Group link. Its pretty active with 4,222 members.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1435687273125541/
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Ugh now there's a negative if there ever was one FB


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FB is awful (break it up ) but lots of knowledgeable folks on the group.

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New Kawasaki Z400 is worth a look. Peppy for a 400. I made the switch to a Honda NC700X 2 months ago. Love it! Weight is down low because the gas tank is under the seat & the cylinder head is almost horizontal. 3 things I noticed right away: Way more low-end torque than my Vstrom 650. Much more flickable since the center of gravity is down low. Also, if I were to drop the Honda I can easily pick it up. Those days are over with the Vstrom. I was 50 when I bought it new. 62 now & I can't pick it up when I drop it. So I went shopping on Cycletrader. There are some new leftover NC700X going cheap. Mine was $4997. Some are much less. Mine's a keeper. The Iron Giraffe will be sold soon.
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