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Old 12-13-2012, 12:32 AM   #21 (permalink)
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The new Honda CB500F looks to be a great ride for smaller riders. Parallel twin mill, 55.5" wheelbase, 30.9" seat height, 420 lbs wet, and only $5,499...
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Old 12-13-2012, 06:11 AM   #22 (permalink)
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Vzshadow, thanks for clarification on the gearbox. If you search around for specs on Google some sites show newer (1998 and newer) VLX's have a 5 speed but I see that isn't true now. So much for believing everything on the web!

And I do like some of Honda's new CB lineup, I might have to look into them a little more.
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Old 12-13-2012, 11:43 AM   #23 (permalink)
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For what it is worth, I am a 5'4" woman and I love my 2007 T100. I can just about flat-foot with both the standard seat and a smuggler. I also have a 2007 BMW F650GS that I lowered an inch. For me, the Bonneville is just more fun, more my style, and sadly the Beemer will be for sale in the spring... However, had I not test ridden the T100, I would have been perfectly happy with the Beemer for a long time.

I have a friend who rides a 2003 Shadow 750. She does not like the riding position of the Bonnevilles but test rode a Speedmaster this fall and loved it. The seating position was great for her and the larger engine was in her words "wicked more fun". It will be her next bike.

My advise, again for what it's worth, take your girlfriend shopping and let her ride all kinds of bikes until she finds a new bike she love more that the old one.
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Old 12-13-2012, 12:59 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Wylde,

Sound advice. Let her pick!

My wife was blown away by the America and the Speedy, but liked the former a bit better.
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Old 12-13-2012, 07:31 PM   #25 (permalink)
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I am 5'3" and inseam of just 70cm and I have a 2006 Scrambler and a factory lowered 2010 BMW F650GS. Ive 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 didnt 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, dont 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 Ive 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!
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Old 12-14-2012, 07:58 PM   #26 (permalink)
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I plan to do a lot of riding after my retirement. I was wanting to do a lot of camping across the country, mostly stealth camping with a hammock system. I was thinking I would like a scrambler to get off the road a little easier. Now how much do they weigh compared to my Bonny.
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Old 12-15-2012, 12:15 PM   #27 (permalink)
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I plan to do a lot of riding after my retirement. I was wanting to do a lot of camping across the country, mostly stealth camping with a hammock system. I was thinking I would like a scrambler to get off the road a little easier. Now how much do they weigh compared to my Bonny.
It's a great bike for camping. Pretty close to the same weight as the bonnie but if you lose the high pipes, airbox and a few other bits, you can drop about 30+lbs.

I just read an interesting review on the Scrambler vs the Bonnie from MCnews.

Full article: http://www.mcnews.com/mcn/model_eval...eScrambler.pdf

The writer even takes a pot shot at the Tiger 800xc vs the Scrambler. Which I thought was funny because I own a Scrambler and was contemplating the Tiger for 2013.

Here's the quote a few Scrambler owners might get a chuckle out of -

"To be perfectly honest, Triumph’s Tiger 800XC, with its stiff,
stubby travel and stall-inducing fuel injection lurch, left me underwhelmed and wondering if the Hinckley folks could ever really build a
trailworthy machine. Well, they did, and it’s been sitting right under
my nose for the past five years. It’s called the Scrambler.
Granted, the Scrambler doesn’t offer the same long-distance
amenities as the 800XC, but once the pavement ends and the
wilderness begins, it has more Tiger in its blood than the Tiger
does.
Its parallel twin engine is practically stall-proof and delivers off-road-worthy power. Its chassis is surprisingly competent, and its brakes work like dirtbike brakes, with just enough
power—but not too much—to maintain excellent control on
loose ground. Its seat could use more padding, and its pipes are
a pain in the leg when standing, but these issues fail to curb my
enthusiasm for the Scrambler. Hmm, let’s see: Project Scrambler—lose 100 lbs., pick up an easy 20hp and rework that suspension for a more controlled off-road ride. When’s the next
AMA Hare & Hound?"
—Scott Rousseau

I made a video last year doing the type of camping I think you are looking for High pipes are gone now, so is the gal. Bike is A LOT lighter

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cQSIdTzIi8
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Old 12-15-2012, 07:03 PM   #28 (permalink)
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Yea that is exactly what I'm talking about. You kids look like you were having so much fun.
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Old 12-16-2012, 06:53 AM   #29 (permalink)
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Yea that is exactly what I'm talking about. You kids look like you were having so much fun.
Thanks, we did

Overall I don't think you'll be disappointed with the Scrambler - it really is a blast. The 270 degree crank, the bigger front tire, taller seat, upright bars and the minor difference in rake simply makes the bike feel totally different.

You won't be keeping up with the crotch rockets on the twisties or bouncing around like a KTM 450 but the nice thing is that you will have the option to transition from any road to logging roads all in modern classic style

I've had mine for over 3 years and did some minor mods with suspension, carbs and exhaust so it's a bit more aggressive than stock.There was nothing wrong with the way it was but I just like to tinker.

Good luck with your decision!
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