Can you recommend scooters for short legs?

by Fred
(Los Angeles, CA)

Hello, My name is Fred and my inseam is about 28. I'm only about 5'3" and I can't seem to find a scooter that I could fit comfortably. Any suggestions?

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May 21, 2010
Get a Buddy
by: Anonymous

Hello... For you, I would recommend a Genuine (the maker) Buddy scooter. You are taller than me, so it would probably fit you perfectly.

Oct 25, 2009
Lower seat heights for shorter people
by: Artist Bob

I don't mean to be a smarty-pants... BUT... motorcycle boots with higher heels might be an answer. Seriously, if you can find a dealer who is short like you, he may be better able to understand your needs. My dealer is about 5' tall and rides a JMSTAR 150...same as mine and I'm 5'11".

Get a list of the dealers in your area and spend a nice sunny Saturday going around and sitting on every one of the scooters that you possibly can. I don't mean just sit down and then get right off. I mean sit for a while, slide backwards and forwards on the seat. Sit in the riding position.

Put the scooter on its center stand, and put your feet up. Sit for a while. Try getting on and off this way. Then put the scooter on its side stand so you will have to balance it yourself. Get on and off it this way also. Put up the center stand and try supporting the scooter with first your left foot, then your right, as if you were at a red stop light.

Then the ultimate test: When you find one you feel comfortable with, take it for a test ride. Always keep in mind that you CAN adjust to minor newbie awkwardness with familiarity and practice. Don't let seat height be your soul criterion* for scooter selection. You will do fine with practice and living with your scooter.

*Color is most important! :=) Ride Free

Sep 25, 2009
by: Anonymous

Try a Honda Reflex or Helex. I know of a few short legged people who ride them for low seat height

Sep 25, 2009
Don't Know What Size Scooter You Want...
by: Kathi

Hi Fred, You don't say what size scooter you need. Since you live in LA, I'm guessing something large enough to navigate the many freeways, which would have to be at least a 200cc engine size to my thinking. That could be a challenge to find in a short enough seat height to be comfortable for you.

I'm under 5 feet and I comfortably drive a 125cc Genuine Buddy. The Buddy is rated to go up to 65 MPH, though I'm not real comfortable going much over 50. But that's probably just me. I recently read a review of the Buddy (which is now a 150cc engine) from someone who rode it for 50 miles or more on I-35 in the Austin, TX area and felt perfectly comfortable. So that might be OK for your needs, depending.

I can tell you that I am able to comfortably straddle the seat when stopped at lights, with my toes touching. Since you're at least 3 or 4 inches taller than me, you'd probably be able to flat foot it on the Buddy. Worth looking at, anyway.

I'm also wondering if a 3-wheel scoot like the Piaggio MP3 might be do-able for you. It's a 250, so lots of power and apparently balances more easily than a true 2-wheel scoot. But I hear it's heavy, so you'd probably need to try it out first.

Those are my thoughts... anyone else want to weigh in?


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