Bikes Girls Can Ride – Updated

One of the most common questions asked by girls who are new to biking is “What bike will I be able to ride?”  Well, after seeing it asked a few times on girls biking forums, I asked the girls which bikes they were riding now and what they had owned in the past, what adjustments if any had been made and if they wore boots which added to their height.

I collated the information I recieved and here is a list of bikes that girls are riding right now.

This list is not intended as a definitive guide as to what bike to buy for your height, but shows the kinds of bikes girls are riding about on.

I know that there are other considerations such as leg length, what boots you wear, etc., which also affect which bikes you can ride but I will cover them in other posts.

Under 5’

Honda CB400T –
Honda CBR400RR –
Honda CBR600F (4′ 11″ Owner) – Professionally lowered by DRS of Hull, Boots altered to add height
Kawasaki ZXR400 – Suspension lowered
Kawasaki ER6 (4′ 10″ Owner) – Hagon Shock fitted which lowers bike by 2.5 inches, plus wears Daytona Ladystars
Suzuki GSF400 Bandit –
Yamaha R6 2004 –

5’
Ducati Hypermotard – Suspension lowered, ride height adjuster on lowest setting
Honda CBR600F –
Honda CBR600RR –
Kawasaki GPZ500 –
Kawasaki Ninja 250 (08) – Some foam sculpted out of the seat and on ball of left foot/tip toe of right foot
Suzuki GSX 600F – No adjustment but couldn’t flat foot
Suzuki GSX-R600 K8 – lowered
Suzuki GSX-R600 K6 – – no adjusment but on balls of feet/tiptoes
Suzuki GSXR1000 K6 – Suspension lowered, forks dropped slightly
Suzuki SV650S –
Yamaha R6 (2002)- No adjustment but couldn’t flat foot

5’1”
Kawasaki Ninja – Suspension lowered and on tip toes

5’2
BMW F650GS – No adjustment but on balls of the feet
Honda CBF125 (09) – No adjustment and on tip toes
Honda CBR125 (08) – No adjustment but comfortably on balls of both feet
Honda CBR400RRN – No adjustment
Honda CBR 600 F – Hyperpro lowering kit, front forks dropped.
Honda Shadow 750
Kawasaki 750 Zephyr
Kawasaki ZXR400 – No adjustment
Kawasaki ZZR600
Suzuki 400 Bandit
Suzuki GSX-R600 K6
Suzuki SV650S
Suzuki SV650 – Lowered but feet still not flat on the floor
Yamaha Virago 535 – No adjustment and both feet flat on floor

5’3”
BMW R1200 ST
Ducati 749s – No adjustment
Ducati Monster 695 – No adjustment and on balls of feet
Honda CBR400RR – No adjustment
Honda CBR600 RR (07) – Hyperpro lowering kit and wearing Daytona Ladystar boots and on balls of both feet
Honda CBR900 (95) – Seat carved a bit to lower it, standard shock setting and now pretty much flat footed
Honda CBR 929 RRY Fireblade – No adjustment, but only one flat foot
Kawasaki ER5 – Lowered suspension, carved out seat
Kawasaki ER6-N (2009)
Suzuki GS500F
Suzuki SV650 – No adjustment but on balls of feet
Suzuki SV650S – Suspension and forks lowered, but still on balls of feet
Yamaha FZS600
Yamaha YZF600R Thundercat – lowered
Yamaha YZF600R Thundercat – No adjustment, on balls of both feet or flat foot on one side
Yamaha R6 – Lowered

5’4”
BMW F650GS
BMW F650GS (08) – Lower seat and Daytona Ladystar boots and owner virtually flat foot on both sides
Ducati Hypermotard 1100S (08) – Lowering link and forks lowered, seat sculpted and wears Daytona Ladystars.  On balls of both feet.
Ducati S2R 800 (05) – Seat lowered and on balls of both feet
Honda CBR125 (09) – No adjustment but on balls of the feet
Honda RVF 400 – No adjustment
Honda CBR 600 – No adjustment
Honda CBR600fx – Bike lowered, can almost flat foot.
Honda CBR600fx – No adjustment but on balls of feet
Honda Transalp – Seat lowered
Kawasaki ER5 – No adjustment but on balls of the feet
Kawasaki ER6f – No adjustment, almost flat foot
Suzuki Bandit 400 – No adjustment
Suzuki Bandit 600 – Suspension lowered
Suzuki GSR600 – No adjustment but on tip toes
Suzuki GSR600 – No Adjustment
Suzuki VZ800 Marauder – No adjustment
Suzuki XF650 Freewind – Bike lowered
Truimph Speed Triple – No adjustment but on balls of the feet
Yamaha Diversion 600

5’5”
Cagiva 1000
Ducati Monster 620sie – No adjustment and both feet flat on floor
Honda CBR1000 (2008) – no adjustment, one flat foot or both toes on floor
Honda VFR400 NC30 – No adjustment
Kawasaki GPZ500s – No adjustment and feet flat on floor
Kawasaki Z1000 – No adjustment, but on balls of both feet
Kawasaki ZX6R (G1) – Seat lowered
Moto Guzzi Breva 750
Suzuki Bandit 400V – No adjustment
Suzuki GS500 – No adjustment
Suzuki SV650 – No adjustment
Triumph Street Triple
Yamaha Fazer 600 – No Adjustment

5’6”
Honda CB600F Hornet
Honda CB1000R – No adjustment
Honda Hornet 900 – No adjustment and both feet flat on floor
Honda VFR700, 07
Kawasaki ER6 – No adjustment
Kawasaki ZX6R – No adjustment and both feet flat on floor
Suzuki GS500F – No adjustment and feet flat on floor
Suzuki SV650 – No adjustment and both feet flat on floor
Yamaha Fazer 600 – No adjustment but cant flat foot

5’7″
CCMR30 – bought already lowered, same as VFR400
Honda Hornet 900 – balls of both feet, or one foot flat the other ‘balancing’
Honda VFR400 – had space between self and bike!
Honda VFR800 – balls of both feet, or one foot flat the other ‘balancing’
KTM Duke – balls of both feet, or one foot flat the other ‘balancing’
Suzuki Bandit 1250GT – one foot flat, the other almost flat
Triumph Sprint ST – balls of both feet, or one foot flat the other ‘balancing’
Triumph Tiger – tip toes or one foot flat the other flailing!
Yamaha FZ1 – one foot flat, the other almost flat

5’8 and over
Ducati Monster 620
Ducati 916 Monster
Honda CBR 600F
Honda CBR954 Streetfighter
Honda XRV750 Africa Twin
Kawasaki GPZ 500s – No adjustment
Kawasaki Z500
Suzuki GSXR750 Special
Suzuki SV650
Triumph Street Triple

Also take a look at these posts for more information which may help you in your choice of motorcycle

Girls and Modern Sports Bikes,

Choosing Your First ‘Big’ Bike

Daytona Ladystar (M-Star) Boots – Help For The Vertically Challenged Motorcyclist

as well as the following list of posts which cover, by motorcycle brand, the ride height adjustment kits available, so that more options are opened up for you when choosing a motorbike.

Honda

Kawasaki

Yamaha

Suzuki

If you are new to riding take a look at these products which will help you pass your theory, hazard perception tests and motorcycle tests.

For those who have already passed it here are a few recommendations to help you improve your riding.

Lists Updated 25/05/09

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19 Responses to Bikes Girls Can Ride – Updated

  1. I just stopped by your blog and thought I would say hello. I like your site design. Looking forward to reading more down the road.

  2. Tricia says:

    Under 5′ the R6 is way to high. It is 820mm and I at 5’4 can touch on balls of my feet. My friend is 4’11 and has no chance on any r6 from 98 – 08

  3. Tricia says:

    p.s. This site is great btw. I am loving it. I didn’t know about the cbr400rrn until I looked here. I am going to my friennd on a Ducati 900ss or a 600ss 1991 – 1996 model as they are 770mm seat height which is not much higher then the cbr400rrn. If she touches with the balls of her feet then that could be another bike you could ad to the under 5′

  4. ravenbladerider says:

    Thanks Tricia for your comments..
    I got the info on the R6 from a girl who is racing one..

  5. janie.com says:

    I ride a bmw r1200gs with lowered shocks and a low seat……..shocks lowered 5 cm…..but new 1200gs has a low option now which is ideal for a 5.5 ladies……i know there isn’t many ladies who ride a 1200gs…………but we are about………………janie

  6. Annie says:

    I am 5′ 3 1/2″ and my stock 2006 CBR1KRR has me on tippy toes or with butt shifted slightly to side with one foot almost down. Since I hate lowering links I decided to shave the seat slightly (to make the concrete slab more comfy) and the toe came down even more.

  7. Frankie says:

    Hi, I am 5ft 2ins and I ride a 2005 Buell XB12S. I have a XB12SCG shock and seat fitted and can reach the ground with both feet flat to the floor. These are a heavy bike so it is pretty crucial to have your feet firmly on the ground when needed. I also have a Yamaha RD350LC and a Honda NS400R which are perfect with no modifications. In the past I have had an Aprilia RS250, Honda VFR400, Honda CBR600 1998 model, Suzuki DR350 (lowest suspension settings on the balls of my feet), Yamaha XT250, Yamaha RD350YPVS and Suzuki RG250. I do have relatively long legs for my height but I am a bit of a lightweight so I need those feet on the floor in order to move my bikes about safely. Love your musings! I also turned 40 this year so much to do so little time. So nice to hear from a like minded female.
    All the Best
    Frankie.

  8. ravenbladerider says:

    Frankie,
    I loved your comments, thank you. Be sure to pop back again as the musings are an ongoing thing.. lol..

  9. hezwill says:

    Kawasaki ZZR600 (or ZX6) is good for me at 167cms tall. I can flat foot it on both sides on a flat and one side on a slope with no worries. Nice bike too. : )

  10. InTheWind says:

    Am 5’4 and comfortably ride a Kawasaki Vulcan 900LT. Great cruiser — perfect height!

  11. Red says:

    I’m 5’7 ride a zx9r and a gsx1300 Hayabusa , on the balls of both feet. on both. Have to say feel more comfy on the Busa even though it is fatter and heavier than the zx as it has a lower center of gravity which makes it easier for me to more around whilst either on or off the bike.

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  13. twistE says:

    I’m 5’5″. So, not really that vertically challenged (maybe then not the best person for short rider’s advice, but anyway).
    I ride a ‘regular’ CBR 954 being on the balls of my feet and generally would just lower the bike if absolutely necessary (which is of course subjective to every rider). You’ll decrease the ground clearance. And I rather tiptoe than dragging parts even more.

  14. Raven says:

    I’m the same, I would only lower a bike if it was absolutely necessary.. I would buy Ladystar boots and look at shaving some of the foam off the seat if possible before lowering a bike.. I wouldn’t want to change the geometry of the bike..

  15. Linda says:

    5’3
    Flat-footed:
    Honda CG125 — street bike, UK
    Honda CD200 — street bike, UK
    Yamaha Virago 535 — cruiser, UK & USA
    Yamaha Virago 1000 — cruiser, USA
    Suzuki Intruder VS1400 (current) — cruiser, USA; now a Boulevard S83

    Mostly foot-down on:
    Yamaha XT225 — dual sport, USA

    Tippy-toes on:
    Honda Magna V65 — street bike/sports bike hybrid, USA

  16. akl says:

    how about honda hornet 250CC, can anybody say me is that suitable for a girl 5 2″.
    thanks

  17. Good evening

    Awesome post, just want to say thanks for the share

  18. Enjoyed reading this and finding a fellow “sister” out there! I’m glad you responded re: lowering bikes; I would never recommend it myself.

    I look forward to reading more of your posts!

  19. agata says:

    This is brilliant! 😉

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