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So my wife is on the short side and has trouble flat footing her bike. We found some harley boots with a 1 3/4" heel on them which is the tallest we've been able to find that don't look like a stripper boot.

Anyone have any suggestions? Preferably a low boot that isn't water proof since she typically rides in hot weather but I'm open to any suggestions that meet the heel height and don't look like a stripper boot.

It's for a 2007 Suzuki Bandit 1250.
We've already lowered it 2" and got a lower seat height. I don't want to lower it any more since suspension travel would start to become an issue.
 

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My wife got the HD boots. They seem to be the only ones that are made for womens feet with the sole being thick enough. She loves them.
 

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So my wife is on the short side and has trouble flat footing her bike. We found some harley boots with a 1 3/4" heel on them which is the tallest we've been able to find that don't look like a stripper boot.

Anyone have any suggestions? Preferably a low boot that isn't water proof since she typically rides in hot weather but I'm open to any suggestions that meet the heel height and don't look like a stripper boot.

It's for a 2007 Suzuki Bandit 1250.
We've already lowered it 2" and got a lower seat height. I don't want to lower it any more since suspension travel would start to become an issue.
Got a local shoe repair shop? The guy I've gone to a few times here in Asheboro is very helpful in such matters. Replacing soles on a pair of comfortable boots is easy and relatively cheap- $50 for re-doing my boots last year.
 

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Unfortunately we're in a tiny town right now so we don't have that option. I was actually looking at insoles that can be added that can add an inch of lift for about $20. From all the looking I've done we might have the tallest boot out there that's actually functional and not a 6" heel hooker boot make for back seat riders trying to impress their harley friends.
 

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Try the lowering links from Soupy's. www.soupysperformance.com They allow about 4" of lowering without any adverse suspension problems. You may need to drop triple tree down the fork tubes to keep the trail and rake set for best handling, but that is quite easy - just do it the same amount of drop you do for the rear suspension.

I put a set on a friend's wife's Bandit, and she is only about 4'11" tall, and does just great now. No hooker boots, no tipping from foot to foot at stoplights, and she is happy as a lark - cute too!
 

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It's already lowered 2" which is 1/3 of the available suspension travel. Not too keen on lowering it any more.

Just bought some 1" lift insoles too see if that helps, should be here in about a week.
 

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Lowering the rear with links does not affect the suspension travel, only the ride height. However, too low and you could end up with ground clearance issues
 

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The wheel and swingarm don't have unlimited clearance. It's going to hit something sooner and still bottom out. Lowering links just don't have a negative impact on shock life like lower springs do.
 

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Got 1" lift insoles for the harley boots and all is well. She can now flat foot with some room to spare so she can push the bike around much better in a parking lot.
 

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hahah so im not the only one has a problem with height..im much in love with bulky bikes but people always look at me with raised eyebrows..wish i was a bit taller
 

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hahah so im not the only one has a problem with height..im much in love with bulky bikes but people always look at me with raised eyebrows..wish i was a bit taller
I had 100 recommendation on what she should trade the bike in for but not much else. I do agree its very hard to find nice bikes with low seat heights above the 600 size. And even most of those need to be dropped a few inches.
 

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Got 1" lift insoles for the harley boots and all is well. She can now flat foot with some room to spare so she can push the bike around much better in a parking lot.
I did the same... took my boots in to the shoe repairer and wala ! I can now put my feet on the ground.:tongue: Don't have to freak out about petrol stations anylonger!
 

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Only problem as a rider with many "Motorcycle boots", is that the heavier and stiffer construction of the uppers, and thicker soles, make it significantly harder to operate the foot controls for the bike - at least the type bikes that don't have cruiser floorboards and such...
 

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I wear Red Wing boots... I found a pair I liked for work, and the sole (at the heel) is about 2" thick, if not a little more. Sure they're kinda pricey, $160 for my 'high top' ones (they won't come off in an accident, heaven forbid) with steel toes, and they're waterproof to boot. <tested clearing the driveway of snow this winter... they work well.
 

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Hi I just purchased a 2007 650 Ninja, my husband test drove it as I was unable to touch only tippy toes. I had my 1098 Ducati lowered and 1996 500 ninja, in the past. To my disappointment there is no lowering kit available for this 650 Ninja and no way to reduce the shock as the Kawasaki sealed it- I am only 5' 1" ...very disapppointed concerning how many women are riding motorcycles these days. Where did you purchase the Red Wing Boots?
 

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Hi I just purchased a 2007 650 Ninja, my husband test drove it as I was unable to touch only tippy toes. I had my 1098 Ducati lowered and 1996 500 ninja, in the past. To my disappointment there is no lowering kit available for this 650 Ninja and no way to reduce the shock as the Kawasaki sealed it- I am only 5' 1" ...very disapppointed concerning how many women are riding motorcycles these days. Where did you purchase the Red Wing Boots?
FWIW I bought a pair of Red Wing boots one time. In less than 6 months the cork insole disintegrated and came out in a thousand pieces. For the price ($150 usd) they were by far the the worst footwear product I've ever purchased. I emailed the company but never heard back from them. YMMV.
 

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I've seen people who have had thicker souls put on stella alpinestars. It works. Otherwise most any of the womens motorcycle boots are ridiculously healed such as the icon hellas or whatever the vika commercial girl is wearing. Vika | Alpinestars
 
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