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Sun Feb 06, 2022 9:45 pm linkquote
2007 Piaggio MP3 250

I am a 5'2" female who can barely touch my toes to the ground when coming to a stop. I have fallen over several times and had to pick up the scooter and myself. The suspension is adjusted to the lowest position. I'm just learning & getting used to the scooter, but don't see improving as a driver helping that much. I can manage split-second timing with practice, but not before I hurt myself and the scooter over and over.

I can't afford a sidecar. Redoing the seat is not something I want to do. I've looked into getting boots with thick soles. I'd prefer not to have to change my shoes at every destination or go shopping in monster boots.

Can you adjust the wheel lock to allow you to activate it before you're going so slow you have to put your feet on the ground to stay upright?

What other remedies for short people are there?
Sun Feb 06, 2022 11:53 pm

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Sun Feb 06, 2022 11:53 pm linkquote
Well, there are 2 options here.

1) Learn how to use the roll lock as you come to a stop. This takes some practice to get good at. I can trigger the roll lock with bike rolling at less than walking pace, but as I said it takes time and practice.

OR

2) Get a bike that is better suited for your stature

HINT: The general fitment guide is that if you cannot put your feet solid on the ground, then the bike is not meant for you.
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Mon Feb 07, 2022 1:03 am linkquote
My wife is similar sized. And she just can't do anything with these mammoths. Each time she tried my 250, they both ended on their sides. When I had 400cc, I didn't let her even a single try.

Maybe Yourban would fit better. But even better will be Vespa GTS.
Mon Feb 07, 2022 7:16 am

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Mon Feb 07, 2022 7:16 am linkquote
The problem with using the tilt lock at stops is you may miss the window or the lock may fail putting you in a position to catch the bike. It is doable for sure. I do it all the time but I am 6'2' and can easily catch it.

As others have said it seems the bike is just too big for you. The only options I see are:
1. Seat modification + thicker soled boots
2. Maybe a shorter shock absorber. Here is a post from awhile back Active Suspension for Fuoco - Now MkIII version. New Video
3. A Tow Pac which turns your 3 wheeler into a 5 wheeler but completely changes the ride like a sidecar would.
4. Sell your scooter and find one that fits you.

Good luck.
Mon Feb 07, 2022 9:06 am

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Mon Feb 07, 2022 9:06 am linkquote
No way to adjust the speed the tiltlock engages, computer makes that decision
Slide off the front of the seat when coming to a stop,
Start off wearing platform shoes [training]

The mechanical solutions are not straight forward

Chop or remove the seat foam, working around or replacing the seat sensor [3k resistor]
Shorter shocks in the rear will have the rear wheel crashing into the underseat trunk
Cutting the springs down or replacing the springs is a hit or miss thing

My 150 is much easier to handle coming to a stop, weighs like 200 pounds less & narrower across the floorboards
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Mon Feb 07, 2022 10:04 am linkquote
Take advantage of the step-through design to put your feet down at stops.

When slowing to a stop, let the inertia slide you forwards on the seat. This will smoothly position you into a standing position (using the step-through) to put your feet down at the stop. You can try and engage the tilt-lock prior to stopping but that takes allot of practice with many drops, false starts, etc along the way.

Be mindful of sloped or uneven surfaces when stoping as you may need to use your leg mussels to brace the bike and keep it up right.

I too struggled with the size of the bike when I first got mine, I eventually adapted and found ways to negate its size but it was an involved process that took time. I almost sold the bike.

In the end its up to you and what you are most comfortable with. The Mp3 is an expensive bike to repair with allot of plastic bits that can break in a fall. Do not feel guilty or bad if you choose to sell the bike as ultimately its your ride and your machine.

Ride safe, Ride happy.

Best.
Mon Feb 07, 2022 8:47 pm

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Mon Feb 07, 2022 8:47 pm linkquote
Thanks for all the replies, suggestions, and ideas. I guess we'll start with the seat. Then goth/cosplay boots. Then ?

The scooter was a gift from a family member to give me some freedom. My vehicles all died and I live in a rural town 10-15 miles away from anything. None of us realized the scooter would be too tall, or me too short. Sliding off the seat isn't an option until I lose weight.

The seat vinyl has a hole in it, so we may go ahead with a seat mod. We're contemplating whether an English saddle (no stirrups) might work on a seat stripped of padding. A western saddle could also be used. I was involved with and owned horses in my younger days. I'll post pictures if it goes that far.
Mon Feb 07, 2022 11:13 pm

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Mon Feb 07, 2022 11:13 pm linkquote
Before you start chopping and modding the seat, I suggest you do this.

Get yourself a piece of particle board and some layers of thin foam. The foam should be firm but still have some give to it as it needs to support your body weight. Styrofoam works great as a mockup material.

Cut a shape into the board (put board underneath seat and draw outline) mimicking roughly the base area of the seat that covers the bucket/trunk. Remove the factory seat from the bike and put the board in its place (temporarily). Start adding layers of foam until you find a fit that suits you best. Use a breadknife or similar instrument to fit a shape that is going fit you best. Don't be afraid to experiment, you are seeking the best fit given the limits of your body stature.

If you go too thin, riding the bike will not be pleasant and can become painful.

Keep adding layers until you cannot keep the heel of your feet on the ground.

IF you do end up with a thin mockup, then you really should have a gel seat made up to compensate for the lack of padding.

Once you have a mockup that suits you, then have your factory seat modded and reupholstered by a professional to reflect the mockup.
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Tue Feb 08, 2022 7:04 pm linkquote
Practice leaning on one leg as you come to a stop. Stop, lean left, and put your left foot flat on the ground. Don't try to keep up on both tippy toes. There's no strength that way. Keep the weight of the bike as near vertical as you can, but leaned to one side.

There are lots of tall bikes out there that are very hard to flat foot. I have a 29" inseam and I've had many bikes that were too tall, but learning to lean when I stopped allowed me to ride them safely. Learn to perform a controlled lean.

Forget the tilt lock except for when you park. It's causing you problems in learning your biomechanics.
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Wed Feb 09, 2022 4:15 am linkquote
Flicker Feather wrote:
2007 Piaggio MP3 250

I am a 5'2" female who can barely touch my toes to the ground when coming to a stop. I have fallen over several times and had to pick up the scooter and myself. The suspension is adjusted to the lowest position. I'm just learning & getting used to the scooter, but don't see improving as a driver helping that much. I can manage split-second timing with practice, but not before I hurt myself and the scooter over and over.

I can't afford a sidecar. Redoing the seat is not something I want to do. I've looked into getting boots with thick soles. I'd prefer not to have to change my shoes at every destination or go shopping in monster boots.

Can you adjust the wheel lock to allow you to activate it before you're going so slow you have to put your feet on the ground to stay upright?

What other remedies for short people are there?
Hi, I read your post and I read some replies, my recommendation is to sell it and get something that is you can control, there maybe many things you can do to handle while under normal riding, but when it is important, like in an accident or something urgent happens in front of you and you need to act fast, then you need to take control of the scooter and all those ideas that were stated may not be effective, don't forget you are talking about your life. There is the Yamaha Tricity range, maybe they can be better suited to your body (if you want a 3 wheeled scooter). I hope this helps.
Good luck.
Thu Feb 10, 2022 3:34 pm

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Thu Feb 10, 2022 3:34 pm linkquote
25BIKEZ wrote:
Practice leaning on one leg as you come to a stop. Stop, lean left, and put your left foot flat on the ground. Don't try to keep up on both tippy toes. There's no strength that way. Keep the weight of the bike as near vertical as you can, but leaned to one side.

There are lots of tall bikes out there that are very hard to flat foot. I have a 29" inseam and I've had many bikes that were too tall, but learning to lean when I stopped allowed me to ride them safely. Learn to perform a controlled lean.

Forget the tilt lock except for when you park. It's causing you problems in learning your biomechanics.
I have a 27" inseam and I lean - I wouldn't feel comfortable on the MP3 with any less of an inseam. I can tiptoe on both feet right now but it's not great. I guess at 5'2" your inseam is going to be less than 27"? I think therefore get a cruiser instead.
Thu Feb 10, 2022 4:38 pm

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Thu Feb 10, 2022 4:38 pm linkquote
25BIKEZ wrote:
Practice leaning on one leg as you come to a stop. Stop, lean left, and put your left foot flat on the ground. Don't try to keep up on both tippy toes. There's no strength that way. Keep the weight of the bike as near vertical as you can, but leaned to one side.

There are lots of tall bikes out there that are very hard to flat foot. I have a 29" inseam and I've had many bikes that were too tall, but learning to lean when I stopped allowed me to ride them safely. Learn to perform a controlled lean.

Forget the tilt lock except for when you park. It's causing you problems in learning your biomechanics.
Yes this is all true
The tilt lock in motion & from a stop is a skill, I've done a decade or so of awkward things learning the tiltlock in motion
When I ride with a passenger I only use the tiltlock to park, by requirement of my passenger
Thu Feb 10, 2022 7:12 pm

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Thu Feb 10, 2022 7:12 pm linkquote
Thanks again for the replies.
I decided I didn't want to alter the scooter, and instead I'm ordering 5" thick healed goth boots. I've never worn high heels, so I'll learn what that's like. Instead of 5'2" I'll be 5'7"! I can look my sister right in the eyes instead of looking up her nose. Well, until I fall on my ass and ask for help to get up, ha, ha.

We made some discoveries today that resolved what we thought were problems. The headlights. Why, why would they design this scooter to have one headlight come on at a time? We thought there was something wrong. The wiring on one side was melted and the lense was cloudy. We fixed that and still, only one light came on except when you pressed the passing switch. There is nothing in any of the manuals about this. Hmmmm. After careful examination of the wiring diagram, then watching Jay Leno ride this scooter with one light on in a video, we figured out it was made that way. WHAT!!?? Thank you to my brother-in-law Curtis for figuring it out.
Thu Feb 10, 2022 7:29 pm

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Thu Feb 10, 2022 7:29 pm linkquote
Flicker Feather wrote:
Thanks again for the replies.
I decided I didn't want to alter the scooter, and instead I'm ordering 5" thick healed goth boots. I've never worn high heels, so I'll learn what that's like. Instead of 5'2" I'll be 5'7"! I can look my sister right in the eyes instead of looking up her nose. Well, until I fall on my ass and ask for help to get up, ha, ha.

We made some discoveries today that resolved what we thought were problems. The headlights. Why, why would they design this scooter to have one headlight come on at a time? We thought there was something wrong. The wiring on one side was melted and the lense was cloudy. We fixed that and still, only one light came on except when you pressed the passing switch. There is nothing in any of the manuals about this. Hmmmm. After careful examination of the wiring diagram, then watching Jay Leno ride this scooter with one light on in a video, we figured out it was made that way. WHAT!!?? Thank you to my brother-in-law Curtis for figuring it out.
One is the high beam; one is the low beam. The pass to flash position lights them up together when it's pressed.
Good luck with the shoes. Hope they work for you and you can enjoy your new bike!
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Thu Feb 10, 2022 7:59 pm linkquote
If you were a car driver, you'd knew, that two small close lights in a rearview mirror mean a distant car behing, so, you may safely pass or change the lane.

Which is why it is very bad if those two small close lights belong not to a distant car, but to a fast-moving motorcycle just behing you.
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Thu Feb 10, 2022 10:52 pm linkquote
Quote:
I'm ordering 5" thick healed goth boots
Hi Flicker Feather
This sounds dangerous, its going to dramatically increase the risk of ankle injury and adds a significant level of adjustment to how you move both on and off the bike to adapt to.

As others have pointed out, its your safety and health on the line when riding a motorcycle and the 5 inch lift might make one thing better at the expense of higher risk elsewhere. Modifying the seat to make it narrower or lower, "left foot down", or using the step-through, or riding boots that add a more manageable 1 inch are lower risk options.

It might just be that swapping to a lower seat bike such as a Honda Super Cub, vespa 250 scooter, or something similar with a lower seat would grant you the fun mobility desired.

Wishing the Best and happy (safe) rides ahead.

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Fri Feb 11, 2022 1:03 am linkquote
Flicker Feather wrote:
Thanks again for the replies.
I decided I didn't want to alter the scooter, and instead I'm ordering 5" thick healed goth boots. I've never worn high heels, so I'll learn what that's like. ...
I can't begin to think of what a bad idea this is. This is a trip to the emergency room in the making with a twisted/broken ankle or worse.


Try the seat mockup as I suggested, and if you still can't put your feet flat on the ground then the bike simply is not meant for you.

End of story
Fri Feb 25, 2022 4:26 am

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Fri Feb 25, 2022 4:26 am linkquote
Recommend Dr. Martens boots, especially industrial steel-toed. That's all I wear for riding. Also, when cruising, you can adjust yourself backwards on the seat for comfort, but when in traffic or approaching a known stop, sit further forward. I realize you think you can't do that now, but perhaps with experience you will be able to do so. You could use your new platform boots (I hope they are boots!) just for riding and then change into normal-for-you shoes upon arrival.

What is your inseam? That's what really matters on a bike. I'm your height but I can get the MP3 to work for me with a ~30 inch inseam.

This is a really common problem for shorter people, and was a major limitation for me as to which bike I purchased, because to be able to reliably and safely park a big bike, I need to be able to get off and wheel it around with it in a stable upright (wheels locked) position. And I prefer larger bikes - didn't really want a Honda Rebel as my only ride…
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Mon Feb 28, 2022 12:28 am linkquote
Just sell the bike and get one you can sit on and put your feet down with ease and that is alot lighter.
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Mon Feb 28, 2022 12:40 pm linkquote
Flicker Feather wrote:
Thanks again for the replies.
I decided I didn't want to alter the scooter, and instead I'm ordering 5" thick healed goth boots. I've never worn high heels, so I'll learn what that's like. Instead of 5'2" I'll be 5'7"! I can look my sister right in the eyes instead of looking up her nose. Well, until I fall on my ass and ask for help to get up, ha, ha.
I did not want to write as a lot have already written and you already made your mind up. What I recommend is go to youtube and watch motorbike accidents, there are a lot of many videos there, so maybe that can you give some insight, also the scooter is not a fashion accessory that goes with your handbag. It is a machine and you need to respect that machine as your life depends on it. Furthermore, if you still decide to wear the 5" boots, what I recommend then, is order a bigger gasket!
Good luck.
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Fri Mar 04, 2022 12:32 pm linkquote
Here are the mods I made to my MP3 400:

- Corbin saddle lowered me a couple inches. (I don't think these are made anymore, you can probably get your existing saddle altered)
- lowering brackets on rear shocks (purchased here on the forum) got me down almost another two inches.
- Slightly smaller tire radius on the rear got me down the extra half inch to make me feel secure.

Now I'm flat-footed in flat boots (I can't wear heels and god help me if I try to wear goth boots I'll trip and break something). I'm 5-3 with a 27" inseam.

Hope this helps.
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Mon Aug 01, 2022 5:30 am linkquote
I'm 5'2" as well. I did learn to use the tilt lock but would often times lean in my seat slightly so that I could at least get one foot to touch the ground even if it's just my toes. That works very well. I still do that with my other motorcycles. I also have a Zero SR and definitely have to do it with that. I also scoot to the front of the seat where it is lowest to help me. I bought some Hoka boots. They have a thinker sole but are so comfortable for walking that I wear when I'm on my Zero and it helps as well. Compared to the MP3, the Zero is very top heavy so when it starts to fall you just have to let it then fight to get it back up. My third bike is a Honda CTX700. I can just about flat foot it with both feet on that. Great bike. Mine is the manual transmission bu they do make a CTX700 DCT which is an automatic.
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Thu Aug 04, 2022 6:43 am linkquote
Check into the Daytona M Star Boots. They have a thicker sole and are motorcycle boots. I am slightly height challenged and have been wearing these for the better part of 8 years. Quality boots but a little pricey. I am on my first pair and they hold up very well.
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Thu Aug 04, 2022 3:19 pm linkquote
I am 6'2 but there are always motorcycles larger than your inseam. Thy all allow you to dismount and stand - unless you try to stay seated, which is not a best practice anyhow.

If a motorcycle doesn't allow you to stand comfortably and plant both feet at the light while *not* seated... it's not designed for you, and it's poorly designed possibly, so handle with care. I don't think you should have bought it.

If a motorcycle allows you to comfortably stand while you are stopped in some way, simply get used to the process of getting comfortably to a stop and get going again. It's not that hard. Some of us have had bicycles that were like that - barely allowed us to touch ground.

I had dual sport models that were ridiculously high, but there are ways to ride a bike higher than your inseam.
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