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post #1 of 16 Old 09-11-2009, 11:03 PM Thread Starter
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Question Vertically Challenged

I am 5' 5" is the 650 too large for me height wise. Will I be able to put both feet on the ground?
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post #2 of 16 Old 09-12-2009, 04:01 AM
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I'm 180cm, 82cm inseam, I can easily flatfoot the ground (both feet) on the back of my beast with boots on. Mind you, there's around 110kg on the bike then, all muscle, I swear

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post #3 of 16 Old 09-12-2009, 07:16 AM
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I am 5"9" with 29" inseam and have the balls of my feet on the ground. A little lean left of right and I am flat footed.

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I'm 5'8 and on the balls of my feet.... Without seriously lowering the bike, you are going to have trouble, I would think...

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post #5 of 16 Old 09-12-2009, 10:55 AM
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I'm 5'-8" and you can see my reach to the ground in my avatar. My youngest daughter is about 5'-2" and has ridden my Wee and my son-in-law's Tiger. No way can she get both feet on the ground. Still, she can ride them. It's a matter of knowing what's required to support the stopped bike and planning ahead a bit... and confidence.




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post #6 of 16 Old 09-13-2009, 06:00 AM
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It just takes a bit of planning if you are not tall. I am 5' 10" and can nearly flat foot it if I shuffe the right way on the seat before I stop.

Today, however, I was in cruiser mode and pull up to a stop without thinking about it and stopped the bike with the front wheel on a rise and tilted right. This left me tippytoeing for the ground on a lean and gravity won out.

Thankfully, I caught the fall and stopped it short of hitting the ground but there was no way I was going to get it up again from where I was. Thankfully, someone was very close by and came over and helped me lift it up.

My issue is more about being complacent from my cruiser background than the bike being too tall for me. You can mark my words, I won't forget it again!

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post #7 of 16 Old 09-13-2009, 08:20 AM
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You can drop it down 3/4" with Kuoba Links in the rear and slide the front forks up in the tubes the same amount. 3/4" may not seem like much but if it gets your feet on the ground it may keep you from dropping it.

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I'm 5'6" tall, and have a 29 or 30 inch inseam (depending on my shoes). I can touch with both feet but I'm on my toes, maybe barely the balls of my feet.

I thought the Wee would be too tall when I first got it, but I've gotten used to it, and it doesn't seem that tall anymore (had it for 3 months).

I almost always stop with one foot on the ground and the other on the peg, usually have my foot on the rear brake. When stopped like this my other foot (left) is flat on the ground no problem. I change it up if the ground slopes away on the left, then I put my right foot down.

There is no way I can back the bike up while sitting on it, but it is easy enough to get off and push it back from the side.

I don't think you will need them but there is the option of putting lowering links on if your not comfortable with the height. I was going to do this right away, but after riding it for a while I decided that I really didn't need them.
I say try it stock for a while see how you like it and then but lowering links if you feel you need them.

Good luck and hope this helps.

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post #9 of 16 Old 09-16-2009, 11:57 PM
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For those of you on your toes when riding, how do you back the bike out of a parking space while sitting on it?

I'm about 5'6"/29" inseam too. My last two bikes I lowered about 1.5" (a Z750S, and an FZ1). I loved them lower, especially because I could back the bike up while sitting on it, and if traveling and I pulled over in a gravel parking area, I had had good foot-surface area when I stopped. I never noticed any loss of lean angle or any other negative side effects.

Right now I'm looking for a lightweight sport touring bike. If the naked SV came with VFR-like fairing, I'd be in heaven. I will never travel off road and don't need long wheel travel. If I could I would drop a VStrom about 2 full inches, and that would be a good fit. I think I've read that its not possible though.

Don't mean to hijack the thread, but just to confirm, is 3/4" the limit that it can be lowered?
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post #10 of 16 Old 09-17-2009, 03:05 AM
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I'm 5'9" 29" inseam and on the balls of my feet with both on the ground, almost flat footing it. Like a few people have said, a slight shift to the left or right on the seat allows me to easy flat foot it and hold the bike up.

The bike does balance very well vertically at a light and feels very lite even with a full tank. The bike is not heavy to one side or the other.

While on the 4th ride on the bike a week after buying the bike, a mix of fatigue and something else almost made me drop the bike in a parking lot while trying to park. I then seriously considered lowering the bike 3/4 to get flat footed and not wreck the new bike.

I then read (and also knew) that the suspension needs time to settle in and that the bike was probably riding a little high because of the new stiff suspension. I stuck with the bike, set the suspension with a little under 2" sag for the pre-load. A few hundred miles after that I reset the pre-load again and tell you the truth I'm happy that I did not lower the bike. I cannot flat foot it, but almost can.

Being that you are 5'5, chances are that unless you have long legs, you are going to have trouble holding up the bike. You can the very least sit on the bike at the dealer and see how it feels. I believe that some dealers will install lowering links on the bike, but I do not know the cost of it. I believe that its recommended to only go 3/8 (greywolf) because of suspension clearance, but there are links that go lower then that.

I'll see how the rest of the riding season go, I might send the seat here and have it trimmed down a bit..

A few pointers:
1)When parking in a parking lot or spot, try to park nose up. Example, say that a parking spot slops down from where you are. In that case then back into the spot. This way when you leave, the engine power will get you out of there. If the parking spot slopes up from where you are, pull straight in. When leaving let the hill roll you backwards.

Another words, its a real pain in the butt trying to push the bike backwards out of a spot against gravity.

2) When in a situation that you need a couple extra inches to reach the ground (moving it around in the garage or tight spaces) and you need to be flat footed, remove the seat off the bike. Just be careful of the battery and stuff. A rolled up towel makes for a nice temp seat.

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