get a 599 and lower it.Lowering Kits
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We were looking into this option, but she wants something she could flatfoot on both sides at least for her first bike without having to pay too much to get it lowered. I am definitely thinking about this option when she says she is ready for it. Hopefully they will have a new 599 out or some equivalent there of.
Gin is 5'2" tall with a short inseam. We started her off on a Suzuki GZ250, great little beginner bike, lightweight and easy to ride. Actually was the same bike they used in the MSF course.
She quickly mastered it and wanted more power, got her a Kawasaki Vulcan 500, which she still has and loves. Very low seat height, even a five footer could flat foot it, good power (same engine as the 500 Ninja) and six speeds. Actually a decent bike for a little cruiser, nice looking and I like the upright twin instead of a V-twin.
I eventually got her a 599 as well, lowered the front forks, set the rear shock to its lowest preset and had the seat lowered 1.5" by Spencer's Seat Mods. She can't flat foot it but with thick soled riding boots she can toe it effectively.
She still enjoys the Vulcan for a peaceful ride in city traffic, feels very secure and safe on it. The 599 is for riding the twisties and keeping up with me on my 919, she enjoys it less in city riding and has a hard time backing it up into or out of a parking spot.
The Vulcan 500 doesn't look bad at all. Have to look at seat and lowering options for it. Thanks.
No direct experience but I think the GS-F looks like a good bike, would not mind one myself.
Doesn't look bad at all. A few guys have them here on base. Gonna have to send the seat out to Spencers for her though.
I am about the same height as her. I've only owned two bikes that I could completely flat foot. One was a Honda Shadow VLX 600 and the other a Sportster 883 Low. Both have decent power for puttering around town and short highway trips but for long highway travel, I found they both feel a little strained at sustained high speeds. Not the say they aren't capable because both are, it just sounds like the bike is at its limits and doesn't leave much for passing and such.
I have a 919 and although I can't flat foot, I can reach the ground on the balls of my feet pretty good and if I wear my Ladystar Daytona boots with the built in risers I gain a good 2 inches in height. Not being able to flat foot doesn't really cause any issue except the ability to back into a parking spot if its on an incline. It just takes a little extra planning before parking. When coming to a stop the 919 is nicely balanced and light enough that with a slight shift of my rear I flat foot with one foot only, the other stays on the brake.
I tried the 599 and IMHO there wasn't much difference in the seats to me.
Yeah, the 599 and the 9er are the exact same seat height if I remember correctly. She loves the look of the bikes, but she wants to have about a year or so experience before she gets one of them.
I would ride the bus before I would ride a Buell Blast!
A guy in Lemoore had one and he let me take it for a spin. 2000 was the year. It sucked, but I have heard they have fixed the 08s and 09s quite a bit. I am trying to find one of the new ones to test ride still. Wish it were chain drive too.
I'd throw the Savage into a bike to look at - enough power to no be disposable and easy to drive/learn on.
Looks like the Rebel a bit. Would have to look around for one. Thanks.