Tips for a 5'2" rider on a Royal Enfield
At the end of November, I'm going on a charity bike ride across South India. We're going to be riding Royal Enfield 350cc Bullets, which is all very exciting, but the Bullet is a very different sort of bike from what I'm used to riding (a 250cc Suzuki Marauder cruiser).
Specifically, as a shorter rider (I'm 5"2), I'm concerned that the higher seat height (Marauder is 680mm, Enfield is I think around 800mm) will mean I can't get my feet on the ground. And as the Bullet is also apparently rather heavier than I'm used to, it sounds like a potential recipe for disaster!!
:help smilie: Any advice for how I might tackle riding the Enfield when the time comes? I've heard for example that you can get soles put in bike boots that give you an extra few inches of height? Are there particular techniques for handling a bike when your feet don't touch the ground?
I've never ridden in India, but it sounds like the terrain will be very varied, not to mention obstacles (people and animals!) at every turn, so I want to be prepared! Also, I'm thinking about trading in the cruiser for something a bit closer to an Enfield (not sure what though??), to get some practice in on a heavier/higher bike before I go....
All help/advice gratefully received, folks!