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post #1 of 17 Old 10-29-2014, 09:30 AM Thread Starter
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Bike 4 wife?

I ride a KLR650 and currently the wife rides a TW200 I lowered 2". She's 5' 4" tall and loves the TW except it lacks so much in power that the hills just kill the thing. Been looking at other bikes for her. She never rides trails and has to have a "foot peg down" style bike. We tried a KLX250S. It was hard to start and tall so I lowered it 2" and it was "OK" but still a little tall. Then we tried a Suzuki boulevard 650. She didn't like the foot pegs being forward and the bikes have a problem with backfiring. She hated it. Had a XT225 and it wasn't any better than the TW200. So....... She sat on a Ninja 300 at the dealer. Looked like it might be a good fit. It has a upright seating position and her feet are flat on the ground. Anyone rode one? Think she could keep up with my KLR? Also found a 2001 Ninja 250 on craigslist cheap. Top speed on the 250 is 100 MPH. What do you think? I've never rode these style bikes. The 300 red lines a 13000 RPM! Thoughts? Ideas for other bikes to look at?
PS: Found this site that you might be interested in: http://cycle-ergo.com/

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Suzuki Burgman 650??? Not sure of seat height though.

Okay looked it up. 29.7" Actually less than the Ninja 300 spec.

Only problem with her on a Burgman would be you keeping up on a KLR.

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My wife and I are both 5'5". I haven't flat footed anything since I had a Big Wheel and I think I had blocks on the pedals.

I used to ride the KLR with the stock 35" seat. My wife is now riding it so we got the 33" seat from Sargent but I think the seat is wider. A better option may be to reshape a stock seat. There are also suspension lowering kits for KLRs which may work for her especially if she is going to stay on pavement.

If your wife is not comfortable with a lowered KLR, a couple of 30-32" options may be the Honda CB500X (31.9") or the BMW G650GS (30-32" variable). Both bikes would be reliable and able to stay with the KLR in most situations. The BMW will have the most factory options for a low seat height.

A final option would be to gain some weight which will compress the suspension on any bike making it easier to reach the ground. This has proven an effective option for me so far.

I hope you find something soon.
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Problem solved. Bought a CB300R 2015. She rode it home and loves it.

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Congratulations! Glad you found a bike she likes.
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Wow in less than 10 hours you went from asking to buying.

Now that's how you make a decision. Let's see a picture.

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Looks great. She's going to have fun with that.

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Looks great. She's going to have fun with that.
Until she passes me in a corner! Then I'm off to the dealer and it's gong to cost her dearly.

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Until she passes me in a corner! Then I'm off to the dealer and it's gong to cost her dearly.
That's a nice looking bike. Safe travels.




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