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post #1 of 55 Old 07-22-2019, 01:40 AM Thread Starter
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thinking of getting a lower, lighter bike

After having my 2017 DL650 for almost a year and putting 3000 miles on it, I have concluded that it is too top-heavy, too tall, and too heavy for me (5 ft 7" 50ish female newbie rider). I'm also just a little too small for it, having to reach for the handlebars and leaning forward instead of sitting upright. Wish I'd figured this out before I farkled the hell out of it but... I didn't.

So, any suggestions on what bikes I should look at? One fellow Stromtrooper raves about his Honda CB500X, so I will look at that. Thanks.

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post #2 of 55 Old 07-22-2019, 01:51 AM
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Seems like it should be much better fit for you than V Strom.
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post #3 of 55 Old 07-22-2019, 03:23 AM
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One assumes you've already installed the low seat and bar risers to bring the controls closer to you.
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I know of another trouper that changed to the Honda and he is happy with his decision.

It does feel lighter to ride.
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KTM 390 Duke is another viable candidate.
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post #6 of 55 Old 07-22-2019, 09:03 AM
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BMW F 700 GS

I test rode a very low km (1700) 2015 a few weeks ago because my wife was interested in it. She also finds the Wee to top heavy and tall, she currently rides a 650 V-Star cruiser. The BMW was a good fit for her, lighter, lower with a lower C of G. It has some great features and an excellent instrument display and seemed to have enough power but I couldn't take it out on the highway as it wasn't insured at the time. We didn't buy it because the price was out of line for its age despite having very low mileage. It also had been dropped a few times with minor damage to the right side crash bars and turn lights. The guy selling it was the second owner and only put 200 km on it in two years while he was attempting to get his motorcycle licence. He couldn't pass the first stage of the driving exam (parking lot test) so lost interest. The worst part about this bike is it was neglected from lack of use. If the right used F 700 comes along my wife will likely get one.

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post #7 of 55 Old 07-22-2019, 09:28 AM
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The 2019 model CB500X has a 19 front wheel and a longer suspension travel than the 2013-2018 models - resulting in a seat height about 2 higher than the older models.
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A guy at work, who parks near me, has a 2-3 YO CB500X.

Looks like a nice bike and appears much smaller and lighter and shorter than stock V-Stroms. In your situation, that's what I'd look at first.

Good luck, regardless.

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post #9 of 55 Old 07-22-2019, 11:59 AM
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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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post #10 of 55 Old 07-22-2019, 12:10 PM
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the cb500x engine will be a little on the dull side compared to our vstrom engine.

I would take a look at lowering the vstrom. i've lowered mine .75(and I'm 5'5") via using the link and hadn't had any problem.

I won't be doing heavy duty dirt riding with the vstrom but mostly touring and some fireroad trails.

If I wanted to take into woods, I will hop on another bike (Yam Wr250r)

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