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Hello everyone! I'm a brand-new rider having finished my motorcycle safety class last week. I'm 4'10" with a 27 inch inseam. I'm so excited about getting my first bike, but I don't want the cruiser if I can help it. I love the sport bike. This brings me to my question.

I can't effectively test ride a bike until it is lowered. I've been on a Ninja, an R3, a Grom, and a CBR 250. Is it safe to choose a bike without ever personally feeling how it handles? I would basically be choosing based on looks and how I feel in the seat on the showroom floor.

I would really prefer to have a motorcycle instead of the Honda Grom. But I also want to feel confident and save on my first bike. Any insight would be appreciated. Thanks! :)
 

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You can lower any bike
Yes, but CalGal is referring to brand new bikes. Try getting a dealer to lower a bike purely for a test ride, it would be impossible.
I'm not sure what your solution is going to be CalGal, do you feel comfortable only using one foot when at a complete stop?
 

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You but a buy and lower it. No
One will lower a bike for you to possibly buy. You find one that fits
You ok the showroom floor and that you like. Buy it then lower it. Here in the states
We don't offer test rides from dealers on motorcycles hardly ever. Liability is too great.
 

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I don't have a lot of upper body strength, and right now I don't feel comfortable without both feet on the ground at a stop.


Is it common practice for people to buy bikes they haven't test ridden? I've only been on the rebel, so I have no idea if I actually like the feel of a sport bike.


It seems risky to buy a brand-new bike from the dealer and have it lowered without an idea of how it feels. The maybe there's no way around that.

There must be shorter riders who have had to lower their bikes but somehow made a decision before purchase. Wondered what their experiences were.
 

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Only way to do so is to find someone willing to let you ride theirs first. Dealers won't do it. I used to sell bikes. The insurance to cover that liability is not feasible so they don't offer it. Most will let you ride a 4 wheeler though 😉. And yes your predicament is common
 

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Only way to do so is to find someone willing to let you ride theirs first. Dealers won't do it. I used to sell bikes. ... And yes your predicament is common
Ah, thanks for the insight. I'm not part of a biking culture, so I don't know much. I've got my eye on a couple of used bikes, but I'm worried that something will come up once I ride them.


Maybe for someone as green as myself who can't test ride anything, it's worth buying brand new w/factory warranty.
 

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If it's any consolation I bought my first and second bike and never rode them before buying them. I miss my N250 and love my Street! 😏


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I had the same issue. I am not as short as you but I'm 5'2. When I got my Ninja300 I worked into the deal them lowering the bike. It's now perfect for me. They even replaced the kick stand wig one for lowered bikes. I believe they lowered mine 2 inches but they could have gone 1 more inch.
 
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