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post #1 of 12 Old 04-13-2016, 03:25 PM Thread Starter
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Short Rider - 4'11"

I have tried responding to other posts where people have been discussing lowering their Duke but haven't received a reply so I thought I would start my own topic. I just ordered a black 2016 Duke 390 for my wife. She is only 4'11". I am wondering if there are other riders around that height on this bike and if so, what did you do to make it work. I am ordering the 60mm lowering shock eye, plan on softening the rear shock, and getting her some height enhancing riding boots. Any other suggestions? A little concerned that after all this it still will not work for her.

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KTM Powerparts makes a lowering kit, but keep in mind that if you upgrade to the PP seat down the road it's 20mm higher than the standard seat. The lowering kit should get her "comfortable". I have a 30" inseam and I'm not on tiptoe. You can get some rearward rotation from the bars but not a lot unfortunately unless you just replace them. The factory bars are a weird diameter so you'll need to swap the risers also. We do have plenty of shorter riders here who've made the bike 'work' for them.

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@rssniff try this Motorcycle Ergonomics add bike ktm duke 390 (2013 only one) set rider height n inseam you can only use seat height adjustment to see if feet touch ground -1" for tiptoes so should give you assist for how low on susp you want to go for max comfort

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also just saw this KTM Duke 390 and RC390 lowering kit. | eBay


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I"m not affiliated in any way to gear chic, but she's got some great tips and reviews for short riders here (and great tips for women riders in general on her blog) GearChic.com ? Motorcycles for Short Riders

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PS - tell your wife to mind her knees. Men generally have stronger upper bodies, and women stronger lower bodies. We tend to "handle" our bikes with our legs when using our bodies instead of the engine (i.e. when moving, parking, mounting/dismounting etc) and it's all too easy to put stress on your knees, especially if you're shorter.

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Thanks for all the the replies.

mejetski2000, I've seen the KTM lowering kit, however that only drops the bike 25mm. I am going to order this kit that drops it 60mm.
KTM 390 Duke Lowering Kit -60mm
When she sat on the bike, her feet were a good 3 inches off the ground so I am going to need as much height reduction as possible.

hansolo_uk, that is an interesting tool to see what your riding position should look like. Unless I have her inseam horribly wrong though, this tool shows her touching with her toes and she wasn't even close.

retrochick, thanks. I have read her suggestions. My wife gets irritated when 5'2" women say they are short. She says they don't know what short is

At best I think I can get this thing lowered about 2.5"-3". I will be going to pick up my bike next weekend(about 2 hours away) so I will stop by the KTM dealership which is in the same area with a couple of 2.5" blocks to put under her feet and see if she can touch.

Anyone have a picture of an under 5' rider on the 390?

Thanks again everyone.
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You will need a shortened sidestand to go with that lowering kit, and should raise the forks in the clamps at least an inch. Lowering just the back will slow the handling down considerably. As for the reach to the bars, the 390 is the shortest bike I've ever owned. I doubt that will be a problem.

I have a Velocette club friend (our newsletter editor) who is under 5 feet tall, and when she sat on our 390 it was the same thing. She rides to work, has for years. What fits her? A Buell Blast. She has worn out two so far!

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Since I had a hard time finding any answers as to whether the Duke could be configured to allow a 4'11" rider, I thought I would respond with some pictures of my wife on hers. It can be done and she is loving the additional power over her old Ninja 250.
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looks like a great result !

did you just go for the (60mm?) lower shock mount or have you also raised the forks in the yokes and shortened the stand - I tried studying the pics....

Less is more - You can only use 150hp .001% of the time, but you can use 150kg 100% of the time ...........


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