I am in the market for a set of boots. Im 5' 6" with a 28 inch inseam. That makes it a bit hard for me to get my feet flat on different bikes. My 00 6R is not lowered but I did have some foam removed from the front seat to get me a bit closer to the ground.
The seat height on the 6R is 32.1.
I am really enamored with the 04 R1 but its seat height is 32.5 inches. Anyway it occured to me that since I tend to ride in sneakers (yes thats not safe) maybe I should get a set of boots.
Maybe those boots would be a bit taller than my sneakers (no im not looking for elevator shoes).
I can see how this thread can turn into an abuse to us short people, but inbetween jokes, can someone recommend a set of boots that wont look like im an astronaught, will fit under jeans, and also maybe give me a little bit of a lift.
The 03 R1 (seat height 32.1) fits me pretty well & if I had a set of boots that gave me an extra inch, it would be no problem at all.
The 04 R1 is so damm sweet & when a dealer gets one in stock, I will get a chance to sit on it. At the moment though, my mind is set on an 04.
Help a shorty find a set of boots so I can fit on an R1
I don't think any of those racing type boots will help at all, cause they all seems to have a very thin bottom. From my own experience, with a pair of Alpinestars GP-Tech, I found I have less foot on the ground than when I'm wearing a pair of sneakers. However, I'm not sure about those more street-oriented boots, never tried them myself...
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Personally I wear boots like Timberland. They give you a little more height than regular sneakers. I'm 5' 4" (don't know what my inseam is) but I'm on my toes even with these boots but definitely not as much as when I wear my sneakers. Generally speaking though, I would think you'd want to wear boots anyways to give your ankles at least a little protection.
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Actually I'm kinda thinking of getting a pocket bike and riding em to my office (no shit I'm serious) but i dont think the cops like my idea too much plus I'll be lucky if the 4 wheel guys can see me on the road.
Originally posted by Jump1979man Yo minnie me, get a pocket bike and ride it!
Just kidding couldnt resist!
I dont think any racing boots will work for you. Try some Doc Martens or some other type of hiking or work boot.
I would get some Doc Martens but I am afraid that during the summer it would look wierd with the shorts & my Tshirt. Throws my whole look off
So it seems that im better off just finding some sort of boots to wear huh? I was hoping to kill two birds with one stone. Get some better foot protection than sneakers & get myself a little more leg length.
As it stands now, I am a hair from being fully flat footed on my bike. I would guess on an R1 I would be a little more on my balls of my feet.
The guy at my local shop said that the Joe Rocket boots were made as more of a walking boots than a strickly riding boots. He wasnt saying that the boots are made for a stroll but that they were made with the idea that you would go for a walk once you got to your destination.
Why worry about both feet touching flat on the ground? I'm the same height and on tippy toes at the stop light. Either do that or just have one flat foot on the ground. If anyone laughs at you about the tippy toes, just bring it up on one wheel when the light turns green
If you can tip toe on an 03 then you will be fine with the 04. It seems as the 04 is narrower therefore you don't have to spread your leg as much which in turn will allow your short legs to reach the ground better. I wouldn't try those street boots with 1.5" thick sole, you can't even get into the shift lever with that kind of boot. I have a pair of SPIDI (B-ONE, looks like Vertbrate II but without the plastic on the back which is easier to tip toe) for canyon carving and a pair of Joe Rock Rhinor boots (riding boot with sole like regular shoe, very flexible, some protection to ankle ). Hope this help.
I wouldn't worry about it too much. I'm 5'6" and with proper technique it becomes second nature when you have to touch down. If you must, maybe try one of those Harley bike/street boots that looks like Timberlands - at least some protection.