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Hey guys, newbie here and to bikes in general. I'm looking to get a bike and thought the R3 would be a good beginner bike and I'm curious if I would fit decently on it. I'm fairly short at about 5'4/5'5 with an inseam of about 27/28 inches. However I am pretty heavy at 205 lbs lol. Being so heavy, how much lower will the seat get with my weight on the bike?

Looking forward to getting acquainted with the R3!
 

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Go hop on one at your local dealer - some inseam-challenged folks have had issues with seat height. Best way to see is to try one on for size.
 

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I'm 4'11 lol so very short with an even shorter inseam. I dont weigh a whole lot tho, maybe 110lbs WITH all my gear. I had to soften the suspension so it wasn't so hard for me. I wear boots to reach the ground with both feet. I'm sure you will fit just fine. But as already suggested, go to a local dealer and sit on one and see how you feel on it. You can also adjust the suspension to make it harder and not sag when you sit on it too. All depends on your preference.
 

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Go hop on one at your local dealer - some inseam-challenged folks have had issues with seat height. Best way to see is to try one on for size.
Yup, for sure I will have to; just haven't found the time to yet with my busy schedule.

I'm 4'11 lol so very short with an even shorter inseam. I dont weigh a whole lot tho, maybe 110lbs WITH all my gear. I had to soften the suspension so it wasn't so hard for me. I wear boots to reach the ground with both feet. I'm sure you will fit just fine. But as already suggested, go to a local dealer and sit on one and see how you feel on it. You can also adjust the suspension to make it harder and not sag when you sit on it too. All depends on your preference.
Well if you can do it, theres no way I should not be able to haha. So what setting do you have your suspension on? Did you find lowering the softness gave you any difference in the height?
 

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Hey guys, newbie here and to bikes in general. I'm looking to get a bike and thought the R3 would be a good beginner bike and I'm curious if I would fit decently on it. I'm fairly short at about 5'4/5'5 with an inseam of about 27/28 inches. However I am pretty heavy at 205 lbs lol. Being so heavy, how much lower will the seat get with my weight on the bike?

Looking forward to getting acquainted with the R3!
Increasing the pre-load will decrease sag somewhat. A setting of 4 or 5 should work for you. You'll know it's right when you find the lowest setting that prevents you from bottoming out over big bumps or dips in the road surface.

5'9"+ here, 220 lbs. and setting 6 works great for me.

If you can't reach the ground comfortably with your feet, there is a replacement shock available that lowers the rear about 1 1/2" to 2". http://www.jpcycles.com/product/990-310

Might have to raise the forks up in the triple tree to keep the R3's stock geometry the same and not adversely affect handling.

Proper riding boots (which you should wear!) should give you an inch+ to start with.

Not all dealerships will let you test ride one. If not, find another.
 

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Well if you can do it, theres no way I should not be able to haha. So what setting do you have your suspension on? Did you find lowering the softness gave you any difference in the height?
yeah I have the utmost faith that you'll fit just fine on there. I have it on the softest setting so it's more squishy for me and I don't bounce around like a rag doll on bumbs and whatnot. As for seat height I'm not heavy enough to sag it and I've grown accustomed to sliding a buttcheek off the seat and putting my left foot down at stops. Being short all my life I've learned to adjust and accomodate as necessary.
 

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Hey guys, newbie here and to bikes in general. I'm looking to get a bike and thought the R3 would be a good beginner bike and I'm curious if I would fit decently on it. I'm fairly short at about 5'4/5'5 with an inseam of about 27/28 inches. However I am pretty heavy at 205 lbs lol. Being so heavy, how much lower will the seat get with my weight on the bike?

Looking forward to getting acquainted with the R3!
I´m 5'3 and 130 lbs and the bike fits me SO well. I believe its the best comfort bike I´d ever had.. I also wear this Daytona boots http://www.daytona.de/index.php?page=802 and it gives me some inch as well..

So have a test drive your self and see if it is "your bike" ;)
 

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I'm 5'11" 215
I fit perfectly on a R1 which has a seat height of 3" more and the R3's wheelbase is only 1" shorter. Riding the bike is a blast but I am jealous of all the sub-160lb guys! I been riding around and put about 120 miles since last Saturday and haven't felt it bottom out once. Potholes aren't a problem either.
 

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5'6", 170 and I flat foot one side and can still get the ball of my opposite foot down...it adds confidence as I had similar concerns to you. I'm sure you'll fit fine as your weight alone should give you 3/4" and you can expect the suspension to settle a little in the first 500 miles.
 

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5'6", 170 and I flat foot one side and can still get the ball of my opposite foot down...it adds confidence as I had similar concerns to you. I'm sure you'll fit fine as your weight alone should give you 3/4" and you can expect the suspension to settle a little in the first 500 miles.
Guess it pays off to be fat sometimes lol
 

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vertically challenged riders!

If any folks who are vertically challenge are still looking for solutions to lowering the R3, check out the thread in the Spears Racing vendor area. If there is enough interest, Gregg may be able to come up with a very compelling solution.

Shortened Rear Shock
 

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I am 5'5" too and been doing a lot of stop and go traffic since I had it on Wednesday(100+ miles in past 24hours). I can get my left foot off flat and other on the peg without issue. Or tip toe both sides while starting from light.
Note that R3 has a pretty narrow seat base that may makes you uncomfortable with the weight dispersed on smaller area. Try it out and see if you like that. Others at the same height to consider are ninja and honda's 300cc. Usually dealers line them up next to each other so you can try out which one you can sit down more comfy
 

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I am 5'9" - 5'10" and weighting 155lbs... I think i am normal Person with These numbers. And the R3 fits me perfectly... :D
 

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5'3", 120#-ish without my gear on (full leather with helmet, gloves, back protector and boots is another 16#, never weighed my summer textile gear lol), fits me perfect. Flatfoot ... that's something that used to get you kicked out of the army, right? Never heard of it on a motorcycle ...

Leaving the shock preload where it is for now, definitely wouldn't want it any lighter, definitely going to beef up the front end with stiffer springs and higher viscosity fork oil, but it's rideable as is for now until I scrub a little more of the rust off my skills and until I'm motivated to go through the forks. :)
 
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