Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Twin Cities, MN, USA
Well, the single most important piece of information that you and she need to apply to the bike purchase and is lacking here is this: what is the length of her leg (inseam)?
I'm 6' tall with a 30" inseam. Women typically have longer legs than men, men are taller in the upper body than women. I've heard posted on this forum of female riders who are between 5' and 5'5" and have longer legs than 30".
If she has an inseam measurement of 28-30" or longer, she can do a VStrom. 30" or less she'd benefit from a pair of KB Lowering Links from Murph's Kits. They drop the rear end 3/4", and then you'll want to lower the front end by 3/4". Then she'll be in fine shape for the VStrom.
It's the seat-to-ground reach that is critical for the control of the bike at a stop, overall body height is not important in this regard. Handlebar modifications can always take care of the reach from seat to hand controls, sometimes as easily as up-and-back bar risers.
A Sargent saddle is likely going to be needed for her for long days. Gals have the wider pelvic bone than men, and the stock VStrom seat is a nightmare for most men due to the lack of support for your "butt bones". The Sarg will increase the seat-to-ground reach a bit (and provides a wider, more supportive sitting surface than the stocker), but it is offset by the rapid tapering of the seat shape at the front nose of the saddle, making the foot reach to the ground about the same as it is with the stock saddle.
Twin Cities, MN, USA
'18 DL650XT, previously '07 DL650 and others
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Last edited by stevet; 04-12-2010 at 09:50 PM.