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Im curious how or if smaller people ride bigger bikes? Im stocky, somewhat strong, age is rearing its head. Used to call a Goldwing an old mans bike, now I own one and love it! But being small as I am(5'5" with a 30" inseam) I find my self nervous about riding a larger bike. I have trouble reaching ground on anything bigger than my 1100 plus I can see having the wife get on is a dance sometimes. Hey, we are older and fatter and not 18 anymore. Id love a bigger bike, but even the 1100 has its weight issues fully loaded and with trailer. Are there techniques to riding these huge bikes? I see many small statured older guys riding them and wonder what they do to keep from laying them down as I've helped many a rider pick up their fallen horse.
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I am only 5'7" on a good day with an inseam of 29. Yet I have no problems handling or sitting on either the GL1500 or GL1800. You should not have a problem with either one.

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myself being on the short side , i find a thick soled foot wear helps me. also , you can have the seat foam reworked to lower yourself closer to the ground when seated on the bike. hope this helps.

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I see plenty of short guys on big bikes. They adapt as best as possible.


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At 5'7 I can not flat foot my 1500 even with the Mrs onboard . I am working to build a lower seat for myself . AS to getting the passenger loaded ,I have her sit down while the bike is on the sidestand . Once she is settled in place , I then climb on board . At the same time I am seating myself I let my weight help to throw the bike upright off of the sidestand . I hope that makes sense .

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I'm 169 cm, 30" inseam, weight 149 pounds. Haven't had any problems handling my 87 Aspy even with the lady of my life in the back seat, and she's a bit heavier than me (NO! I DIDN't SAY THAT!).

Well, my last trip I got some problems when the cage who came in the opposite direction suddenly turned left just in front of me. I have to admit I didn't handle that. I hit him right between the headlights. Hard!

Don't know yet if I'm gonna build her up again, or part her out and try to find a decent 1500 i can afford to buy.

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At 5'7 I can not flat foot my 1500 even with the Mrs onboard . I am working to build a lower seat for myself . AS to getting the passenger loaded ,I have her sit down while the bike is on the sidestand . Once she is settled in place , I then climb on board . At the same time I am seating myself I let my weight help to throw the bike upright off of the sidestand . I hope that makes sense .
+1 Same way I do it.

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myself being on the short side , i find a thick soled foot wear helps me. also , you can have the seat foam reworked to lower yourself closer to the ground when seated on the bike. hope this helps.

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What Wayne doesn't tell you is his thick soled shoes are usually a pair of sandals!!

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gain about 300 more pounds and you shouldnt have a problem flat footing it lol
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gain about 300 more pounds and you shouldnt have a problem flat footing it lol
You would think so wouldn't you? But your legs get shorter at the same time.

I had to do the tiptoe ballet until I put on the car tire in the rear. That bit of drop from the smaller outside circumference made a huge difference. I'm so short legged that I have to stand on the running board and kneel on the seat before throwing my leg over the other side. It ain't pretty but neither am I.

To keep mine from falling over, I use the side stand. Which also supports my weight as I step on and over.

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