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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-08-2004, 08:48 PM Thread Starter
 
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Harley for shorties/females?

A friend of my is bout 4'10-4'11 ish. She wants to get a harley. Currently she has a gxsr 600 tht we lowered for her bout 2'inches. What bike would you guys recommend that has a low seat height?? Anything except sportsters cuz she doesnt like the look of it. I think it looks gay too. She wants something beefy lookn like a softtail or even a fatboy?? She has some riding years under her belt, starting with a 250 ninja then to my ol gixxr. So I believe she could handle a the heavier bike if it was mayb lower to the ground? I know she doesnt like that tippy toe feeling, even though she learned and has adjusted to that fact.... Soooo
What bike along that styling line has a lower seat height?
How does a cruiser handle when you lower it? (like shit??)
Any info would be helpful! (no sportsters!!! Dont even mention it!)
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My Fatboy has a 23" seat height. If that isn't low enough she'll need a pocket bike. She's welcome to come over and try it out for size. No rides, just try it out for size.

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My Fatboy has a 23" seat height. If that isn't low enough she'll need a pocket bike. She's welcome to come over and try it out for size. No rides, just try it out for size.
How tall are you?? and what made you decide to get a fatboy as opposed to the other models? what year is it?
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The new softail retro or what ever the name is is supposed to have the lowest seat hight of any bike on the market.

But you should have her try on slowass's sportster. it might just be perfect, especially with a lowering kit.




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Any of the softail based bikes start with a low seat height 25-26" and can be lowered even further. Another good option would be the V-Rod, 26" seat height stock and a good 75-150lbs lighter than the softails, not to mention 115HP. Have her stop by and see me, we'll review all the options and put her together with the best fit. Sam

"How does a cruiser handle when you lower it?"
Straight line handleing is fine, main problem is reduced lean angles available. Hard parts drag real soon

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Any of the softail based bikes start with a low seat height 25-26" and can be lowered even further. Another good option would be the V-Rod, 26" seat height stock and a good 75-150lbs lighter that the softails, not to mention 115HP. Have her stop by and see me, we'll review all the options and put her together with the best fit. Sam

I almost forgot about the V-rod, that would be a good bike, plus its very light and easy to handle.




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I almost forgot about the V-rod, that would be a good bike, plus its very light and easy to handle.
I think that she should definitely take up Sam's offer and check out the V-Rod and some of the others. Like Tony said, the V-Rod is relatively light, easy to handle and it's the most powerful bike HD makes. It will definitely need to be lowered though, and she might need reduced reach bars and forward controls, but I think she'll love it. I'm biased though.
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I almost forgot about the V-rod, that would be a good bike, plus its very light and easy to handle.
At 4'10" She won't be able to reach the controls of the V-Rod, unles you can relocate them closer to the rider. My wife tried one on and couldn't reach the controls, and she's 5'2"

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At 4'10" She won't be able to reach the controls of the V-Rod, unles you can relocate them closer to the rider. My wife tried one on and couldn't reach the controls, and she's 5'2"
They make reduced reach forward controls and handlebars for shorter people who want V-rod's. The even make a mid-control kit for them that puts the controls in a "normal" position...it costs about $350 I think.

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My friend Sandy was 4'11" and 95 lbs soaking wet. She rode a lowered Heritage and had no problems with it. Harleys are fairly easy to modify in that regard.

The additional weight of a Harley is offset so well by its low center of gravity that you don't really notice it. It's not as if one was trying to bench-press the thing. LOL!

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Any of the softail based bikes start with a low seat height 25-26" and can be lowered even further. Another good option would be the V-Rod, 26" seat height stock and a good 75-150lbs lighter than the softails, not to mention 115HP. Have her stop by and see me, we'll review all the options and put her together with the best fit. Sam

"How does a cruiser handle when you lower it?"
Straight line handleing is fine, main problem is reduced lean angles available. Hard parts drag real soon
thanx guys ill let her know
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post #12 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-12-2004, 10:28 AM
 
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Reduced reach

I have many ways to set up a V-Rod for the vertically challenged. Reduced reach controls and handlebars were mentioned, but there are also a couple of forward position seats that when used alone or combined with the other options give me the ability to fit the bike to any rider. Have her stop in and I will custom fit the bike to her needs. Sam
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I have many ways to set up a V-Rod for the vertically challenged. Reduced reach controls and handlebars were mentioned, but there are also a couple of forward position seats that when used alone or combined with the other options give me the ability to fit the bike to any rider. Have her stop in and I will custom fit the bike to her needs. Sam
Sam,

Kosman makes mid-controls, just in case you didn't know, but I'm sure you do. I met one lady who had them on her bike and they worked great for her. There's a bunch of other interesting mods on the vrodforums.com website. That would be a great site to send new or potential customers too.
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Sam,

Kosman makes mid-controls, just in case you didn't know, but I'm sure you do. I met one lady who had them on her bike and they worked great for her. There's a bunch of other interesting mods on the vrodforums.com website. That would be a great site to send new or potential customers too.

Really...thanks for the info. I liked the V-Rod when I parked my but on it.

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