10. Alter Seat Height


Some motorcycles come with height-adjustable seats and others, like the Vulcan S, offer factory options that change seat height and/or seat location. The reason behind these options is to give riders a more comfortable reach to the ground, pegs or handlebar. While shorter riders immediately come to mind, taller riders can benefit from altering seat height and shape, too. You can cut down or add on padding to the stock seat pan and take it to an upholsterer for recovering. Not surprisingly, the aftermarket has a wealth of off-the-rack or build-to-order seat options. You may even decide that you want to add that optional seat heater to make those cold weather commutes more comfortable.

  • Alexander Pityuk

    Just change damn bike 🙂

    • fastfreddie

      hehe.The rich mans solution:)

  • JWaller

    How about losing the gut? My bike always fits better whenever I’ve been working on my own personal fitness.

    • Rightwheel

      What’s wrong with having the bike fit me as I am?

  • Terry Morgan

    the rise of the handlebar grips is also important to see ahead in traffic, sitting up allows you to be seen better, too. My Ducati which is already a very low and compact bike benefited from the riser style of clip-on handlebars.

  • DickRuble

    Interesting that in the gif provided, all positions look uncomfortable. Nice and subtle infomercial for Kawasaki.

  • Diebenkorn

    “If you ride with a couple fingers covering the front brake lever – and you should…”

    No no no you shouldn’t. Why would you want two fingers to do the work of four in an emergency situation while crushing the other two still on the throttle and hindering the travel distance of the brake lever?

    • Jim Jones

      Good brakes only require two fingers.

      • Diebenkorn

        For experienced riders only. It’s irresponsible of Motorcycle.com to infer that ALL riders should adopt the practice.

        • Rightwheel

          All riders should cover the brake, and if they don’t know how they should learn quickly. I have found myself already braking before I even thought about it, which wouldn’t happen sans fingers covering the lever.

  • Jim Jones

    Windshield to tall or making to much noise? Figure out a way to tilt it back toward the rider. Less noise. Sore butt? The Air Hawk seat pad is the best.