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Rider height: How short is too short for the Versys?

I am going to purchase a Versys next riding season. I am 6ft tall and I did not seem to have any issue when I straddled the bike at the dealership. However, I noticed a post in which a person said they had to get a ninja 650 because the versys was too tall for them (they were 5'9"). I am concerned because my girlfriend is only 5'6" and she will want to ride it from time to time. Will this be an issue? Anyone out there under 6 feet have any trouble with it?
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5'11 29inch legs and i'm fine anyone with shorter legs may have a problem.
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My brothers 5'8" and he has no problem with my V. 5'6" might not cut it unless shes all legs. But every girl i ever dated wanted to drive the 1965 Mustang GT i had but that never happened. Girlfriends come and go get the bike for you.

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I'm 5' 8" (29" in seam) and I could not flatfoot my 09 Green Versys. Got a thin Gel seat and Speedy's lowering kit. Now I can flat foot it. BTW, I also needed to lower the foot pegs after I lowered the seat.
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I'm 5'8" with 30 inseam. Got Speedy's lowering kit and could almost flatfoot.
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Don't get me wrong, I am going to get the Versys no matter if she can ride it or not. I am just curious if it would be a problem or not. I let her take my bike all of the time, but next season she will have her own. She is competent enough to trust.
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take her to the dealership and let her sit on it and see if its a good fit. a low seat for her might make it possible. just kidding ya about yer girl riding your bike. just last week a cute little blonde came into our studio to book her wedding holding a pink full face and all leathered up. went outside she's riding a gsxr and boyfriend on one next to her. as they drove off you could tell she was the better rider

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5'7" with 29" inseam no problem with the low gel seat. I can't flat foot but not in my toes either. 5'6" might be stretch with the standard seat.
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She is competent enough to trust.
our inseams are pretty much irrelevant. the question that matters is "how is her confidence?" flatfooting a bike is not required to operate it safely -- i cannot flatfoot the versys, couldn't flatfoot my old transalp either (i put 60kmi on that bike). if she's competent and confident, she'll be fine, whether she has feet flat or just toes on the ground.

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I agree with kevrider. I have a 30"inseam and stock seat on my 2010. I cannot flat foot it, but have great footing. My opinion is, if you are sitting on the bike and can push it backwards with good footing and not have your feet slip, then your footing should be fine.
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I'm also 5'6 with short legs and I can only tip-pie toe it. I can paddle backwards but it takes a lot of effort on my toes so I usually just walk it back. But I don't have any problems riding it and I ride everyday as it's my only vehicle.

How heavy is your gf? You might just need to change the sag so she can get her feet on the ground. My wife is only 5'3 and she can tippie toe it just like me...but she is much lighter and the suspension doesn't sag at all with her. I'd imagine If I set the sag right for her she wouldn't have any problem getting her feet on the ground. That is if the sag can even be set that low.

By the way, that's with stock seat.
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My wife 5'6 and has no problem with V bit of tippy toe but as Kevrider put it 'confidence' is the key aspect on any bike, i 5'8 and it is a tall bike but no problems
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I know a lot of riders are not comfortable if they can't flat footed while sitting on the bike.

I am 30" inseam and I tip toe on most my bikes. I never have any problems what so ever riding them, stopping and balancing them.

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At 5’6” and a typical “Squatty Body “ (for a guy). I have ridden many dirt bikes when I could not flat foot at a stop.
However with the Versys, adding the Speedy’s lowering kit adds a huge comfort factor and added safety for me.
Just in case I step down into some loose footing or that occasional oil slick spot, I am now able to touch down with much more confidence.
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At 5’6” and a typical “Squatty Body “ (for a guy). I have ridden many dirt bikes when I could not flat foot at a stop.
However with the Versys, adding the Speedy’s lowering kit adds a huge comfort factor and added safety for me.
Just in case I step down into some loose footing or that occasional oil slick spot, I am now able to touch down with much more confidence.
http://motowerk.com/Versys.aspx Here's the web-site for the lowering kit he's speaking of.

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