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This is a discussion on New to Cafe Racers.... Good Deal? within the Craigslist/Ebay forums, part of the Caferacer.net Forums category; Originally Posted by Geeto67 to be honest, given your height a used 883 sportster might be the best solution because of the low seat height. ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geeto67 View Post
    to be honest, given your height a used 883 sportster might be the best solution because of the low seat height.
    Seriously ? You figure that's a good 574 pound starter bike recommendation for a small 5 foot tall girl ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrialsRider View Post
    Seriously ? You figure that's a good 574 pound starter bike recommendation for a small 5 foot tall girl ?
    Have to agree with this. My wife is 5'1" and 100lbs and she is intimidated by the weight of my Sportster. Whether it's a reduced reach seat or my lepera barebones (both put you closer to the ground than stock) she doesn't like how hard it is for her to hold the bike up at a stop. Granted, her only motorcycling experience is sitting on my bike trying to hold it up...but there it is anyway.

    I'm looking at the new Street 500 or 750 for her. Weighing in at 480lbs wet with an attractive price tag.

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    I can see what attracted you to that bike, but yea, I question any bike modified that heavily by a dude who won't put the fork seals on. That seat hurts my ass just looking at it. Trust me, I recently took my stock Honda seat off for a cooler looking "Cafe Seat" and now my taint goes numb after an hour of riding.

    If you're just getting into riding, something newer will be far less distracting while you're getting your skills dialed in.

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    That cb450 was about 400lbs stock. If you're cool with that, maybe this gs500e might be a decent choice. Looks tidy..
    Vintage 1980 Suzuki GS550E Motorcycle Runs Great!

    If you arent scared of 2strokes, this rd350 looks damn clean too:
    1973 RD 350 yamaha low miles extremely nice

    If you got the loot, this thing should be pretty bulletproof:
    2009 Suzuki TU250X sale or trade

    other finds in your area CL (pretty useless to you though)
    VINTAGE DUCATI 450 RT DESMO

    1976 montesa cota 348cc trails bike

    dope price, but swingarm makes me sad
    Suzuki TL1000R 1998

    Wish id find something like this in miami. Little love and that thing could look badass.
    1974 ironhead sportster bobber

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    Yup, what most people said.....the bike in the OP has AIDS.
    Look for something stock. Modern would be better too.

    An old stock bike that is perfect will give you enough things to lean about, repair and keep in tune. Dont start with someone elses fuck up.
    On the same note, dont start with a stock bike and emulate that BS hipster junk you see on pipeburn and CL adds everywhere.

    Learn to ride, and then learn how to IMPROVE a bike.
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    Some times things come around that are so singularly inept it gives you a whole new appreciation for the ept

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrialsRider View Post
    Seriously ? You figure that's a good 574 pound starter bike recommendation for a small 5 foot tall girl ?
    all the really short chicks I know ride one. I mean the sub 5'4" girls. The even make a model specifically for extra short people - the sportster low. Not every sportster is going to work, the nightster and forty eight are unrideable pieces of shit compared to a standard sportster - heavy steering, no suspension travel, extra low seating without much padding.
    Last edited by Geeto67; 05-06-2014 at 10:43 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ffarl View Post
    I can see what attracted you to that bike
    Was it the pretty blue color? because that was the only aesthetically pleasing or redeeming thing I saw.
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    Quote Originally Posted by YucA View Post
    That cb450 was about 400lbs stock. If you're cool with that, maybe this gs500e might be a decent choice. Looks tidy..
    Vintage 1980 Suzuki GS550E Motorcycle Runs Great!
    looks nice. price not too bad either
    I like my shocks like I like my women. Cheap and Chinese.

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    Something to keep in mind for a rider with a short cycling inseam is the width of the seat. Often, it can make more of a difference than the actual max height since, the narrower the seat the straighter the leg can be and the more reach the rider has to the ground. A light twin like an EX250 or a GS500 has a narrow seat (right up against the tank) and is light enough to handle easily when stopped at a light or at parking lot speeds. Some thick soled riding boots and seat foam shaving make a big difference too.
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    :I ...jus don't buy that old 348 Cota, it will give you twin-shock bruises and a possible heart attack.

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