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

January 21, 2009

Are you riding round on a motorbike wishing you could get just a tiny bit more of your foot than your tip toes on the ground when you come to a halt? Aside from buying a short bike in the first place what other options do you have out there to help?

There are several things you can do.

Shave some of the foam out of the seat.

Soften the suspension a bit so that the bike sinks down a little more when your bum is on it.

Physically lowering the bike with a height adjustment kit (see the posts in the Ride Height Adjustment Category).

Unfortunately both of the last two options will affect the handling in one way or another, even if only by a little bit, and you will have to do it to every ‘tall’ motorcycle that you may buy in the future!

What if I was to tell you that there is another option, which does not involve any kind of adjustment to your bike? If anything it adjusts you!! And that is to treat yourself to a pair of Daytona Ladystar Boots.
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Daytona Ladystar (M-Star) Boots

Now, for those not in the know, these are absolutely brilliant for the vertically challenged amongst us, and yes at 5 foot 3 inches that does include me too! The boot’s sole incorporates a built in 2.5cm lift as well as a 1cm thick sole! So put these babies on and you are immediately 3.5 cm taller! How cool is that? 🙂

Wearing a pair of these may just make all the difference between a costly tip-over and a good save if your bike starts to unexpectedly go over with you on it.  And the best part of it is that they look just like a regular pair of boots and so no one will know you need help to be able to touch the floor more on your bike.

Now I know that there are short guys out there that may struggle with riding some motorbikes due to the seat height, but please don’t feel left out. The larger sizes of the Daytona Ladystar boots are know by the masculine sounding M-Star, so even the vertically challenged guy can wear them without affecting their masculinity 😉

The boots start at a European size 35 and go through to a size 43. They are only available in black, no bright colours (or pink in the case of the guys sizes) on these babies. A comfortable fit is achieved with both zip and Velcro closures on the legs and with Gore-Tex ™ waterproofing your feet will stay dry as well as warm.

The heels and ankles are armored and will provide protections from abrasion and impact. They also have a reflective patch on the heels, which may help the inattentive drivers around you see that you are there. And for when it rains they have a built in shower proof edging at the top of the boot.

Now the only complaint I can honestly see with these boots is the price. At about the £250 mark they aren’t the cheapest pair of motorcycle boots out there on the market BUT if buying a pair means you can ride the bike of your dreams then surely they are worth it.

Plus.. You may well find that the cost of the boots is less than it would be to have your bike adjusted to fit you!

Plus.. As and when you change bikes they go with you!

Ok.. I know I am really extolling their virtues but they are quite simply a brilliant boot and if you are tired of having to replace bent levers as your bike tips over too easily on you, then maybe, just maybe these are the answer you are looking for.

Check your local dealer, or favourite online store, for details about pricing and availability.

You may also want to take a look at these posts which have more information about choosing a bike and the kinds of bike girls are riding.

Bikes Girls Can Ride

Girls And Modern Sports Bikes

Choosing your First ‘Big’ Bike


Motorbikes Girls CAN Ride

November 21, 2008

Now I know this entry is in twice but this one is off the old blogger blog and I didnt want to lose the comments on it, so please excuse the duplication of the entry..

One of the common questions asked by girls who are new to motorcycling is “What bikes can I ride?”

As we girls are generally smaller than guys, finding a bike we can physically fit on can be difficult at times and some girls believe they will be limited in their choice if they are of small stature.

In a bid to try and answer this question I have posted the question on a few female motorcycle forums and compiled a list of motorbikes that girls are riding now. As you can see from my list, some of the girls have kindly supplied information about how the bike was adjusted, eg lowered, suspension adjusted, seats carved out, etc, to make it a bit smaller for them so they could ride it.

You may want to check out these posts in which I am listing the different models of motorcycles you can buy Hyperpro Ride Height Adjustment Kits for. 

Honda

Kawasaki

Suzuki

Yamaha

Please note the list is NOT recommendations on which bike you should buy, its a list showing the different bikes the girls who responded to my question are riding.

For the most part female bikers arn’t bothered if they can’t get both feet flat on the floor, as long as they can ride the motorbike of their choice. I know there are other considerations such as inside leg measurement, weight of bike, etc., to be taken into account when choosing a motorbike and I will cover those in other posts to the blog.

As and when I get any further information I will add it to the entry so that it is kept up to date. If you are a female rider and you are riding a bike which isn’t shown in the list, please feel free to add a comment telling me and I will quite happily add it to the list. 

Also take a look at these posts which contain more information about how you can ride the bike you really want 🙂

Choosing Your First ‘Big’ Bike

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

Girls and Modern Sports Bikes

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.

Under 5’ Tall
Suzuki GSF400 Bandit
Honda CBR400RR
Yamaha R6 2004
Honda CB400T

5’ Tall
Yamaha R6 (2002) – No adjustment but couldn’t flat foot
Suzuki GSX 600F – No adjustment but couldn’t flat foot
Kawasaki GPZ500
Suzuki GSXR1000 K6 – Suspension lowered, forks dropped slightly
Ducati Hypermotard – Suspension lowered, ride height adjuster on lowest setting
Honda CBR600RR
Suzuki GSX-R600 K8 – lowered
Suzuki GSX-R600 K6 – – no adjusment but on balls of feet/tiptoes
Honda CBR600F
Suzuki SV650S

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

5’2 Tall
Honda CBR 600 F – Hyperpro lowering kit, front forks dropped.
Honda CBR400RRN – No adjustment
Kawasaki ZZR600
Honda Shadow 750
Suzuki GSX-R600 K6
Honda CBR600F
Suzuki SV650S
Suzuki 400 Bandit
Kawasaki 750 Zephyr

Suzuki SV650 – Lowered but feet still not flat on the floor
Kawasaki ZXR400 – No adjustment
Yamaha Virago 535 – No adjustment and both feet flat on floor
BMW F650GS – No adjustment but on balls of the feet

5’3” Tall
Honda CBR 929 RRY Fireblade – No adjustment, but only one flat foot
Honda CBR400RR – No adjustment
Honda CBR400 – No adjustment
Suzuki GS500F
Yamaha YZF600R Thundercat – lowered
Yamaha R6 – Lowered
Suzuki SV650S – Suspension and forks lowered, but still on balls of feet
Ducati Monster 695 – No adjustment and on balls of feet
Kawasaki ER5 – Lowered suspension, carved out seat
Ducati 749s – No adjustment
Yamaha FZS600
Suzuki SV650 – No adjustment but on balls of feet
BMW R1200 ST

5’4” Tall
Honda CBR600fx – Bike lowered, can almost flat foot.
Suzuki GSR600 – No adjustment but on tip toes
Suzuki Bandit – No adjustment
Kawasaki ER6f – No adjustment, almost flat foot
Honda RVF 400 – No adjustment
Yamaha Diversion 600
BMW F650GS
Honda Transalp – Seat lowered
Suzuki VZ800 Marauder – No adjustment
Honda CBR600fx – No adjustment but on balls of feet
Suzuki GSR600 – No Adjustment
Suzuki Bandit 400 – No adjustment
Kawasaki ER6f – No adjustment
Honda CBR 600 – No adjustment
Suzuki XF650 Freewind – Bike lowered
Suzuki Bandit 600 – Suspension lowered
Triumph Street Triple – No adjustment but on balls of the feet

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

5’6” Tall
Honda VFR700, 07
Honda CB600F Hornet

Honda CB1000R – No adjustment
Yamaha Fazer 600 – No adjustment but cant flat foot
Suzuki SV650 – No adjustment and both feet flat on floor
Kawasaki ER6 – No adjustment
Kawasaki ZX6R – No adjustment and both feet flat on floor
Suzuki GS500F – No adjustment and feet flat on floor
Honda Hornet 900 – No adjustment and both feet flat on floor

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

5’8 and over
Triumph Street Triple
Honda CBR 600F
Ducati 916 Monster
GSXR750 Special
Honda CBR954 Streetfighter
Ducati Monster 620

Honda XRV750 Africa Twin
Ducati Monster 620
Kawasaki Z500
Suzuki SV650
Kawasaki GPZ 500s
– No adjustment