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A tenere for short people 1 week, 3 days ago #573437

Whilst discussing bikes with my (vertically challenged - 5'1") girlfriend, she mentioned how she almost bought a Yamaha MT-03. Having looked at one today, with a set of dual-sport tyres, they would essentially be a Tenere for short people. They almost look like a shrunk in the wash version as they are. They have the same 660cc engine, but with just a 805mm seat height. All the need is a bash plate and some decent tyres. I think we'll try this when we sell the TW200, as my girlfriends biggest complaint about that is that it's too slow and underpowered.
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Re: A tenere for short people 1 week, 3 days ago #573440

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Not sure about it's off road capabilities but I owned a MT-03 for five years and loved it, absolute hoot around the back roads and did quite a few longer trips including Cornwall, Scotland and France. Bit cramped for me (6ft tall) and luggage and seat an instrument of torture after a few hours but game little thing and sounded great with Leo Vince end cans.
Only sold it last year as too many bikes and had MOT's 2 years in a row and only totaled 120 miles, have first dibs though when if the seller wants to get rid as liked it so much

Re: A tenere for short people 1 week, 3 days ago #573443

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Alf England lent me one for the day when the S10 was being serviced, cracking little bike, bit windy and vibey at 70mph but then I had just got off an S10
First roundabout I heaved it over (like S10) and knocked my right foot off footrest note to self it`s quite light
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Re: A tenere for short people 1 week, 2 days ago #573447

I wasn't expecting it to be anything like an EXC off road, but for dirt tracks and forest roads, I think it would be perfect, plus not too slow on the tarmac.
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Re: A tenere for short people 1 week, 2 days ago #573452

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AlanHolt wrote:
I wasn't expecting it to be anything like an EXC off road, but for dirt tracks and forest roads, I think it would be perfect, plus not too slow on the tarmac.

I would rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than any city on earth. Steve McQueen

Some days even the baboon misses the branch

Don`t wait for your ship to come in, swim out and meet the bloody thing. Barry Sheene

Re: A tenere for short people 1 week, 2 days ago #573453

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Looks like a really good idea Alan. Have you thought about the 'little' Kawasaki Versys - I'm met a few guys who use them for our sorts of conditions and you have 'smoother' road bike. Always good to have a comparison.

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Re: A tenere for short people 1 week, 2 days ago #573464

Seat height is the most important factor. Her Cagiva Raptor 1000 has been lowered to give a seat height of 740mm so she can touch the floor with both feet (that seems to be a woman thing). The stock MT-03 at 805mm was softer and had a slightly narrower seat, plus the bike felt lighter, so she felt fine perched on it.
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Re: A tenere for short people 1 week, 2 days ago #573465

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AlanHolt wrote:
Seat height is the most important factor. Her Cagiva Raptor 1000 has been lowered to give a seat height of 740mm so she can touch the floor with both feet (that seems to be a woman thing). ....


Possibly a kick-back from the Hays Code Alan, although contrary to urban myth it seems that in kissing scenes the protagonists don't have to have at least one foot on the ground - article 25 of the 1927 draft, "Excessive or lustful kissing, particularly when one character or the other is a "heavy"

But in general a lady with both feet firmly planted on the ground is a marvellous virtue - imagine some of the air-brained girls you could have brought to Spain with you

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Simon



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Re: A tenere for short people 1 week, 2 days ago #573472

The alternative...

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Re: A tenere for short people 1 week, 2 days ago #573477

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Size of the front wheel could be interesting on occasions, but so long as she takes it slow.....
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