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Took my eldest granddaughter(age 20) on a 290 mile ride today on some pretty neat back roads north of Tampa. Yes, decent riding does exist in FLA iff'n you know where to go. I won't say what the top speed was but it was over ton. She loved it.

She wants to get here own bike but is quite petite, 5'0". I showed her pics of a Grom(sp?) and a Ruckus. She lives in Boulder, CO and wants something she can also play with in the dirt. Ideas?

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Took my eldest granddaughter(age 20) on a 290 mile ride today on some pretty neat back roads north of Tampa. Yes, decent riding does exist in FLA iff'n you know where to go. I won't say what the top speed was but it was over ton. She loved it.

She wants to get here own bike but is quite petite, 5'0". I showed her pics of a Grom(sp?) and a Ruckus. She lives in Boulder, CO and wants something she can also play with in the dirt. Ideas?

Vroom vroom.
How about a Honda Monkey? I think it's the same 125cc engine the Grom has.

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Curious about the lock to lock clearance, what make of shield, how $$$$, also do you look through or over. I am sure wind buffeting on the helmet will be reduced. I prefer to look over, as many rides my shield is covered in bugs, plus the sun distorts view through on pressure points. I notice the cargo net on the seat, what make?
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Curious about the lock to lock clearance, what make of shield, how $$$$, also do you look through or over. I am sure wind buffeting on the helmet will be reduced. I prefer to look over, as many rides my shield is covered in bugs, plus the sun distorts view through on pressure points. I notice the cargo net on the seat, what make?
Not sure what you mean regarding "lock to lock", so if you clarify, I will be glad to measure.
Purchased from AliExpress(Ultra Supplier Store) for $53 shipped. Took 30 days...
Fit was great but there is some see through distortion, but for the price, it is Okay with me.
I'm 6'1" and sitting upright, top of windscreen is equal to my mouth, so there will be some view over(down the road) and some through(infront of bike).Havent road with it yet but Im sure it will be an improvement from stock.
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Checkout the AliExpress app. I ordered my risers and some lights ftom there. Good prices, if you dont mind waiting between 21 and 30 days for it to arrive.....

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She wants to get here own bike but is quite petite, 5'0". I showed her pics of a Grom(sp?) and a Ruckus. She lives in Boulder, CO and wants something she can also play with in the dirt. Ideas?.
If she wants to seriously get in the dirt then a motocross style bike. They have lower seats so the rider can easily reach the ground

If she wants more dual purpose, with some dirt roads and not-too-difficult trails, I would look at a more retro style street bike and replace the tires. Ideally spoked wheels with steel rims. Availability of a skid plate would be nice, or at least nothing critical hanging below the bottom of the frame (like an oil pan).

The Royal Enfields are some cool retro looking bikes. The Himalayan is would be a good choice except the seat is probably too high for her to flat foot. If there is a lowering kit available then it might work very well for her. I believe there is a lower seat option for it. It is noticeably lighter with a much lower center of gravity than the Versys. The other RE bikes are the retro style which may work for her with a lower seat. I don't think a cruiser style or bullet bike style would work on dirt very well at all.
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If she wants to seriously get in the dirt then a motocross style bike. They have lower seats so the rider can easily reach the ground

If she wants more dual purpose, with some dirt roads and not-too-difficult trails, I would look at a more retro style street bike and replace the tires. Ideally spoked wheels with steel rims. Availability of a skid plate would be nice, or at least nothing critical hanging below the bottom of the frame (like an oil pan).

The Royal Enfields are some cool retro looking bikes. The Himalayan is would be a good choice except the seat is probably too high for her to flat foot. If there is a lowering kit available then it might work very well for her. I believe there is a lower seat option for it. It is noticeably lighter with a much lower center of gravity than the Versys. The other RE bikes are the retro style which may work for her with a lower seat. I don't think a cruiser style or bullet bike style would work on dirt very well at all.
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I MacGyvered a GPS cradle mount for the bar above the dash tonight.



I ground the ball post off of the RAM plate then drilled a hole to bolt the plate to the crash bar light mount.

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Took my eldest granddaughter(age 20) on a 290 mile ride today on some pretty neat back roads north of Tampa. Yes, decent riding does exist in FLA iff'n you know where to go. I won't say what the top speed was but it was over ton. She loved it.

She wants to get here own bike but is quite petite, 5'0". I showed her pics of a Grom(sp?) and a Ruckus. She lives in Boulder, CO and wants something she can also play with in the dirt. Ideas?

Vroom vroom.
As one of the few ladies on the forum, I think I can chime in. First and foremost? Being petite doesn't always mean a lot. One of my riding buddies is her height, is a Rider Coach, and was riding a Honda ST1100 when I met her. She is now on a BMW F700 GS. It was lowered by the PO, and is the first bike she can flat foot. Full disclosure on myself, I'm on Bike #3. Bike #1 was a 750 cc cruiser that I easily flat footed, and that I gained a TON of confidence with in the years I had it. Bike #2 was a mid-sized sport tourer that I could mostly flat foot, and it was great. Now I'm on the Versys 650, which is the tallest of the three. I can ONLY flat foot it if I soften the rear suspension. With the suspension accurately set, the best I can do is lean just a little to one side and flatfoot one foot. Otherwise, I'm on the balls of both feet. Most of my riding is workday commuting, which means I'm in traffic. I was nervous about being on a taller bike in stop and go traffic, but it turns out that the nerves were for nothing. If I was a newer rider, though, it might be tough until I learned good low-speed maneuvering skills.

I don't have to tell you that the more serious she is about playing in the dirt means a taller bike. At 20, she has time to get a street bike (like a cruiser she can flatfoot) that she can learn riding skills with, and then move to taller bikes and playing in the dirt when she's a more proficient rider with the confidence to do so. Not many people have that kind of patience. So that said? There are a few videos by women who ride tall bikes. This video I have below, in particular, was one I found useful. While the rider is 5'3" (and slightly taller than your granddaughter), one of the bikes she demos with (Yamaha WR250R) does not allow her to flat foot it at all, and she provides some fairly decent tips. You'll see this at ~4:18.


Your granddaughter can totally do this. Tell her to take the BRC at a location that includes dual sport or standard bikes. They'll be taller bikes that would also be awesome beginner bikes. She'd have a weekend-long test ride of the type of bike she'd want, PLUS she'd have professional instruction for that bike in a controlled situation. But really? We all know choosing a bike is a personal thing. She should swing her leg over a few to see which she feels best on.
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Looking GOOD, but NOT quite as BIG as mine...!



and here it is, loaded up....

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San Angelo to Sonora

Rode (2016 Versys LT) with a riding friend (on a 2007 Sportster Custom) from San Angelo, TX to Sonora. We followed the very Texan custom of stopping for barbecue, in this case Pit Stop Barbecue in Sonora. 160 mile round trip.

SmoothRoad Rider's Tip: Careful about indulging in large meals when you have a return ride of an hour or more; you can get sleepy. Yes even on something as engaging as a motorcycle.

Stopped at a convenience store for a cup of coffee.

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Looks great Jeff, but in pic #3 - WHAT size rim do you need for those tires in the background?... and how do they CORNER...?


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As one of the few ladies on the forum, I think I can chime in. First and foremost? Being petite doesn't always mean a lot. One of my riding buddies is her height, is a Rider Coach, and was riding a Honda ST1100 when I met her. She is now on a BMW F700 GS. It was lowered by the PO, and is the first bike she can flat foot. Full disclosure on myself, I'm on Bike #3. Bike #1 was a 750 cc cruiser that I easily flat footed, and that I gained a TON of confidence with in the years I had it. Bike #2 was a mid-sized sport tourer that I could mostly flat foot, and it was great. Now I'm on the Versys 650, which is the tallest of the three. I can ONLY flat foot it if I soften the rear suspension. With the suspension accurately set, the best I can do is lean just a little to one side and flatfoot one foot. Otherwise, I'm on the balls of both feet. Most of my riding is workday commuting, which means I'm in traffic. I was nervous about being on a taller bike in stop and go traffic, but it turns out that the nerves were for nothing. If I was a newer rider, though, it might be tough until I learned good low-speed maneuvering skills.

I don't have to tell you that the more serious she is about playing in the dirt means a taller bike. At 20, she has time to get a street bike (like a cruiser she can flatfoot) that she can learn riding skills with, and then move to taller bikes and playing in the dirt when she's a more proficient rider with the confidence to do so. Not many people have that kind of patience. So that said? There are a few videos by women who ride tall bikes. This video I have below, in particular, was one I found useful. While the rider is 5'3" (and slightly taller than your granddaughter), one of the bikes she demos with (Yamaha WR250R) does not allow her to flat foot it at all, and she provides some fairly decent tips. You'll see this at ~4:18.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcdRKoDzrdU

Your granddaughter can totally do this. Tell her to take the BRC at a location that includes dual sport or standard bikes. They'll be taller bikes that would also be awesome beginner bikes. She'd have a weekend-long test ride of the type of bike she'd want, PLUS she'd have professional instruction for that bike in a controlled situation. But really? We all know choosing a bike is a personal thing. She should swing her leg over a few to see which she feels best on.
What a truly awesome post.

Thanks for taking the time.

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Not sure what you mean regarding "lock to lock", so if you clarify, I will be glad to measure.
Purchased from AliExpress(Ultra Supplier Store) for $53 shipped. Took 30 days...
Fit was great but there is some see through distortion, but for the price, it is Okay with me.
I'm 6'1" and sitting upright, top of windscreen is equal to my mouth, so there will be some view over(down the road) and some through(infront of bike).Havent road with it yet but Im sure it will be an improvement from stock.
Regarding orange net, not sure of brand but picked up at local bike store(Iron Pony-Columbus Ohio)
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I choose the same shape screen but by PUIG. Did not think about aliexpress or geek.com would have saved a bit, but i didn`t have to wait 30 days for it.

During long rides (HWY) ill extend it all the way up. No baffling on my helmet, yes ill have to look through it but not really that and you`ll get u see to it. During short rides I'll put it down and look over the top. Short rides aren't usually fast so little to no baffling. The factory screen made my head and neck hurt from the whipping and baffling.

Either way no distortions, the smoke color is light enough to still see through at night.

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