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5'5"

Post by hap2 » Mon Mar 11, 2019 9:22 pm



I'm bigger than 5 '5", but someone 5'5" 160 lbs, wants to buy a 1500 & wants to know if he's big enough to handle it. I said yes, but what do you guys think?



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Re: 5'5"

Post by DenverWinger » Tue Mar 12, 2019 6:02 am

Question would be can he get both feet securely on the ground, can he hold the bike upright at a stop, especially on uneven pavement or like many city streets where there's a berm and the pavement on the right is lower than on the left.

I would say, try it for fit.

My GF is 5'2" and she is tip-toes holding up her '83 Virago 500. The rear suspension is on it's lowest setting, and I lowered the triple tree 1 1/2". Fortunately it is a light bike.
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Re: 5'5"

Post by themainviking » Tue Mar 12, 2019 6:57 am

Experienced rider, I would say try it. Inexperienced, I would say take great care or do not do it at all. These suckers are heavy, and they do not take well to leaning over very far.
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Re: 5'5"

Post by hap2 » Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:59 am

right to both of your very appreciated replies

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Re: 5'5"

Post by MikeB » Tue Mar 12, 2019 11:03 am





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Re: 5'5"

Post by mterraci » Tue Mar 12, 2019 5:41 pm

I agree that it depends on whether or not they're an experienced rider.
I'm only about 5' 5 1/2" and I manage an 1800 fine.

I don't recommend any new riders to start out on a wing as a first bike. There's a steep learning curve and a big price to pay if you don't handle the weight and the power correctly.

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Re: 5'5"

Post by hap2 » Tue Mar 12, 2019 6:08 pm

Copy that & I dig it.

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Re: 5'5"

Post by RockportDave » Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:12 pm

mterraci wrote:
Tue Mar 12, 2019 5:41 pm
I agree that it depends on whether or not they're an experienced rider.
I'm only about 5' 5 1/2" and I manage an 1800 fine.

I don't recommend any new riders to start out on a wing as a first bike. There's a steep learning curve and a big price to pay if you don't handle the weight and the power correctly.
All good comments.
As mterraci said, I wouldn’t recommend it as a starter, even if they are taller.
Even after 4 Goldwings 20 years ago, when I got the 99 1500 a year ago, it was a learning curve all over again to get used to the beast. Only had to pick it up once right after I got it. Slow turn around on a street and stopped mid turn, eased it right on down. Probably won’t be the last time either...
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Re: 5'5"

Post by hap2 » Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:35 pm

That's why I'm gonna sell mine

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Re: 5'5"

Post by hap2 » Wed Mar 13, 2019 11:23 am

If I have to turn around on the street, I go around the block. It's a bit of a nuisance, but I know Im not gonna turn so tight, I drop it.

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Re: 5'5"

Post by Alan_Hepburn » Wed Mar 13, 2019 1:48 pm

I've got the sidecar out there to prevent it from falling down on a tight slow turn!
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Re: 5'5"

Post by Sidcar » Sat Mar 16, 2019 8:39 am

I'm with Alan_Hepburn, I never give the weight a second thought.

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