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Hello I just joined. I am 52 years old, 4’11” tall and ride a 2008 Honda CRF 150 R. I love the bike but my hubby and I areconsidering switching to enduros (he rides a Honda CRF 450R). I can’t find anything short enough. My 150’s seat height at 32.8” is a stretchbut has been worth it. I love the powerbut don’t like the small gas tank and would really like to find something witha seat even an inch lower, and definitely no higher. Anysuggestions on bikes to consider? I’mmore interested in comfort & security than speed, but I do want somethingwith enough power to not feel wimpy. Thanks!
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I think it's going to be slim pickings! I had a CRF 150F which is about the same size as the 150R and now I have a KX 100 which is a bit small for me, but I prefer the 2 stroke. It has a really small gas tank tho - smaller than the Honda. I don't think there are many other options. Maybe you could use a lowering link?
Which models have you looked at so far?
I agree upgrading my 150 to street would be way too much $ and still wouldn't really be what I want. I'm going to check out that TW200. I've checked out the specs and my biggest concern is it weighs almost 300 lbs., which is OK for street but heavy for me to handle & pick up from a crash on the trail. I only weigh about 100 lbs. I'm starting to wonder if my best bet would be to pick up a Honda Rebel or similar for street and just keep the 150 as is for trail. My bro has an old broken down Yamaha 200 of some type - an old trials bike I think that could be great if it was in shape but restoring it would cost a mint. Hmmmm. Boy sometimes it's tough being tiny in a big person's world!
You should definitely check out the TW, but how will the Rebel help with enduros?
Don't feel bad - I'm almost 5'8" and my biggest concern when I was in the market for a new bike was the seat height, so it must be really difficult for you!. Not sure how much it would cost to mod, but KTM made a little 105 XC for a few years. I rented one when I went down to Georgia a few years back and absolutely loved it. Just thought I'd mention it.
I think littlelady has figured out that she's between a rock and a hard place. I just rec'd this months DR mag and it has a writeup on the Honda CRF250L dual sport, but it weighs in at a porky 320 lbs. and the seat height is 34.4". The TW 200 is 278 lbs and has a 31.1" seat height making Alex's recomendation much better.
Plus the reviews made it clear that it's not going to win any podium spots, so moving from a 150r will be a bit of a disapointment powerwise.
I think the only options are to spend the money to mod an offroad bike or settle for one of the stock offroad bikes.
To be fair, Littlelady, I reckon you should stick with the CRF150r, it's far and away better than anything else for someone your size.
All the bikes mentioned are way bigger and heavier.
Like Jake said, try and find a big gas tank and think about a flywheel weight. You'll be away laughing. I know it's not road legal but short of a TM or some other specialist small volume manufacturer, you'll never find a decent dirt bike your size that can be road legal.
Thanks for all the great thoughts guys. I live in Shelton, Washington BTW. I think the 150 is awesome for pure trail riding, and I've checked out getting the larger gas tank already, which would help a lot. I've also considered lowering the seat a tad, and installing a flywheel. I've never used a flywheel and am having a hard time wrapping my mind around how it would feel. But several people have told me that is the way to go for trail. At under 200 lbs I can pick it up from most unplanned dismounts, etc.
I sure want to check out a couple of the others mentioned in the thread though. Depending on what type of riding we might do in a day, we could be mostly on dirt roads and big, easy trails which (hopefully) I would be staying upright more often than not. No reason I couldn't keep my 150 for more adventurous exploring and a slightly heavier bike for cruising the back logging roads, etc. Besides, even tho I'm a pretty conservative rider, I love sailing over little jumps with my 150. The suspension is pretty sweet for a little bike. I think I will have to put my leg over some of the other bikes and see how they feel. Also, if I just HAVE to have a road legal bike, that brings me full circle back to the Rebel, or similar. Geesh it's never easy is it?
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