Coming Up Short Staff
by Staff
Currently there are 86 sport bikes, sport tourers, and standard bikes available from Aprilia, BMW, Buell, Ducati, Honda, Kawasaki, Moto Guzzi, MuZ, MV Augusta, Suzuki, Triumph, and Yamaha.

Of those 86 models, the average seat height is 31.95 inches.

What does this mean?

It means that if you want to buy a sport bike, sport tourer, or standard and your inseam is less than 32 inches, you’re out of luck, pal.

Cruisers are the biggest-selling segment in motorcycling. This may be because this style of motorcycle is popular. It could also be because you don’t have to be a basketball player to ride one.

Cruisers, which offer seat heights ranging from 25 to 29 inches, are the welcome wagons of motorcycling, inviting people of all sizes to join the sport.

Why have virtually all motorcycle manufacturers written off people with short inseams when it comes to sport bikes, sport tourers, and standards?

Bike manufacturers have effectively herded riders with short inseams into a cruiser ghetto, and included in this discrimination against short people are a significant percentage, perhaps a majority, of women riders.

When are manufacturers going to start building sport bikes, sport tourers, and stantards for riders of short inseams?

Anyone rember our old motorcycle database that included seat height? --MO

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