3. BMW G650

BMW G650

Typically, it’s difficult to find an off-road-capable motorcycle that’s also short-rider friendly. Off-road machines need to have long suspension travel and high ground clearance to clear whatever obstacles might come in the way. However, the BMW G650 is perhaps the closest way to bridge the gap between shorties and off-road riding.

Opting for the accessory low seat and lowered suspension brings the seat height to a manageable 30.3 inches. The rest of the G650 is typical BMW, with a hearty Thumper engine providing impressive performance for a Single. Tires and suspension aren’t meant for hardcore off-road riding — it’s a dual-sport after all — but sometimes beggars can’t be choosers.