Main Motorcycle: Triumph Scrambler
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
Other Motorcycle: BMW F650GS, Vespa PX200
I am 5'3" and inseam of just 70cm and I have a 2006 Scrambler and a factory lowered 2010 BMW F650GS. I´ve just purchased a seat from a 2010 Scrambler and had the sides and a little height shaved just at the front part, to help manouvering the bike. I can flat foot the left and almost flat foot on the right now - because the right leg needs to open wide away from the heat coming off the Arrow pipe! Weather is very hot here in Brazil now!
I also rode the T-100 and it felt taller than the Scrambler! I think the "off-road" position of the Scrambler bars help the whole body achieve a better and elongated riding position, does this make sense?
The BMW is also a dual sport, this is my preferred style. It is a bit lighter but once the Scrambler is moving it feels much easier to control than the BMW, especially in tight bends!
The T-100 and Scrambler are excellent bikes for short women and I am sure they are a much better ride than custom bikes such as the Shadow and even the Sportster (I also rode it once and didn´t like it).
I am also considering replacing the Scrambler shock with a Bonnie shock - I might even bend the knees then! But I will ride for a while just with the seat mod and see how it goes.
Only the height challenged will appreciate what a difference a lower height of ONE centimeter can make! So if the stock Scrambler feels tall and heavy at first, don´t be discouraged - if you can take it off the sidestand, you can ride it! And then with seat, shock mods and also front fork lowering, you can get it 2" lower!
I like to wear boots with a wide base, this also helps a lot.
And I´ve been doing some off-road training and riding with the BMW and there are great lessons to be learned on bike control and positioning to compensate for lack of leg height...
My tuppence, hope to see another lady Scrambler rider!