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Since we have so many questions on appropriate bikes for our more petite sisters, I thought this might be useful info to have:

"The following is a listing of motorcycle seat heights from the lowest to the highest. All motorcycle seat heights are given in inches. Associated with each motorcycle seat height is the Year, Make, and Model of the motorcycle. These models have clickable links to Motorcycle Specifications. That way, the user can research individual models given the motorcycle seat height. The Motorcycle Specs also lead to detailed specs on the manufacturer's Web site...."

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:edit see post below for a list...
 

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Excellent post, Tammy! This will be a great guide to have on here for all the vertically challenged people looking for a low-slung bike. :boink Thank you!! :)
 

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I've been wondering if anyone would do that. Did you cross-post in the Newbies section? I noticed they don't have the 650R Ninja in there, which was specifically designed with a lower (for sport bikes) seat height in mind. I believe it's just over 30" but am not certain.

Great post!
 

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No, I sure didn't post it in the New Rider's section. Good idea though. I'll see if someone already has, and if not post it there too.
 

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I agree.. that should help a lot of the newbies and oldies out there.
 

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That is very cool....but as I like to beat dead horses, tank/seat width play a huge role in being able to reach the ground. I wish there was more data tied in with seat height then just overall measurement from the ground to the seat. It's a deceiving number.
 

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Very true, you still want to sit on as many bikes as possible to see what they are really like. :cheers

But at least it's a start. If your inseam is only say, 26", you can be pretty sure that a 30"+ inch seat height is going to be a challenge.

It also gives links to general specs which some may be interested in.
 

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acalliste said:
But at least it's a start. If your inseam is only say, 26", you can be pretty sure that a 30"+ inch seat height is going to be a challenge.
Like me :(
But I'm always up for a challenge! :p Just not any sooner than I know I'm ready for it though...:dblthumb I know my limits.
 

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Update, that link doesn't go to the list anymore for some reason, so here is some info I was able to find. Probably needs to be updated with newer models, but this will have to do for now.


Motorcycle Seat Height in Inches

Inches / Year / Manufacturer / Motorcycle Model

24.5 2006 Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe FLSTN/I
24.9 2006 Harley-Davidson Springer Softail FXSTS/I
25.2 2006 Harley-Davidson Dyna Low Rider FXDLI
25.2 2006 Harley-Davidson Softail Standard FXST/I
25.4 2006 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy FLSTF/I
25.5 2006 Buell Blast (low profile)
25.5 2006 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic FLSTC/I
25.5 2006 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail FLST/I
25.6 2006 Honda Shadow VLX
25.6 2006 Honda Shadow VLX Deluxe
25.7 2006 Victory Ness Signature Series Vegas Jackpot
25.7 2006 Victory Vegas Jackpot
25.8 2006 Harley-Davidson Dyna Street Bob FXDBI
25.8 2006 Yamaha Morphous
25.9 2006 Harley-Davidson Softail Springer Classic FLSTSC/I
25.9 2006 Honda Shadow Aero
26.0 2006 Harley-Davidson Night Train FXSTB/I
26.0 2006 Harley-Davidson Softail Deuce FXSTD/I
26.0 2006 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883L
26.0 2006 Harley-Davidson V-Rod VRSCA
26.0 2006 Harley-Davidson VRSCD Night Rod
26.1 2006 Harley-Davidson Road King Custom FLHRS/I
26.2 2006 Honda Helix
26.25 2006 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200L
26.3 2006 Harley-Davidson Street Glide FLHX/I
26.4 2006 Victory Hammer
26.5 2006 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883C
26.5 2006 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200C
26.5 2006 Victory Kingpin
26.5 2006 Victory Vegas
26.5 2006 Victory Vegas 8-Ball
26.6 2006 Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide FXDI
26.6 2006 Honda Rebel
26.6 2006 Honda Shadow Spirit 750
26.8 2006 Harley-Davidson Dyna 35th Anniversary Super Glide FXDI35
26.8 2006 Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide Custom FXDCI
26.8 2006 Kawasaki Eliminator 125
26.8 2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 2000
26.8 2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 Classic
26.8 2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 Classic LT
26.8 2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 Limited
26.9 2006 Harley-Davidson Road Glide FLTRI
26.9 2006 Harley-Davidson Road King Classic FLHRCI
27.0 2006 Yamaha Virago 250
27.2 2006 Honda Shadow Sabre
27.2 2006 Yamaha V Star 1100 Custom
27.3 2006 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Classic FLHTC/I
27.3 2006 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Standard FLHT/I
27.3 2006 Harley-Davidson Road King FLHR/I
27.3 2006 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883
27.3 2006 Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic Electra Glide FLHTCUI
27.35 2006 Honda VTX1300R
27.35 2006 Honda VTX1300S
27.4 2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Classic
27.4 2006 Suzuki Burgman 400
27.4 2006 Suzuki Burgman 400 Type S
27.4 2006 Yamaha V Star Custom
27.46 2006 Honda VTX1300C
27.5 2006 Buell Blast
27.5 2006 Harley-Davidson Dyna Wide Glide FXDWGI
27.6 2006 Honda VTX1800F
27.6 2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Classic
27.6 2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Mean Streak
27.6 2006 Suzuki Boulevard M109R
27.6 2006 Suzuki Boulevard M50
27.6 2006 Suzuki Boulevard M50 Black
27.6 2006 Suzuki Boulevard C90
27.6 2006 Suzuki Boulevard C90 Black
27.6 2006 Suzuki Boulevard C90T
27.6 2006 Suzuki Boulevard C50
27.6 2006 Suzuki Boulevard C50 Black
27.6 2006 Suzuki Boulevard C50T
27.6 2006 Suzuki Boulevard S50
27.6 2006 Suzuki Boulevard S40
27.8 2006 Suzuki GZ250
27.9 2006 Yamaha Road Star
27.9 2006 Yamaha Road Star Midnight
27.9 2006 Yamaha Road Star Midnight Silverado
27.9 2006 Yamaha Road Star Silverado
27.9 2006 Yamaha V Star 1100 Silverado
27.9 2006 Yamaha V Star Classic
27.9 2006 Yamaha V Star Silverado
28.0 2006 Yamaha V Star 1100 Classic
28.1 2006 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883R
28.1 2006 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200R
28.1 2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 500 LTD
28.1 2006 Yamaha Warrior
28.2 - 28.7 2006 Honda Big Ruckus
28.3 2006 Honda Reflex
28.3 2006 Honda Reflex ABS
28.3 2006 Honda Reflex Sport
28.3 2006 Honda Reflex Sport ABS
28.3 2006 Kawasaki 1600 Nomad
28.3 2006 Victory Touring Cruiser
28.6 2006 Buell Lightning XB12Scg
28.7 2006 Honda Shadow Spirit
28.9 2006 Honda Metropolitan
28.9 2006 Honda Ruckus
28.9 2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 750
28.9 2006 Yamaha Roadliner
28.9 2006 Yamaha Roadliner Midnight
28.9 2006 Yamaha Roadliner S
28.9 2006 Yamaha Stratoliner
28.9 2006 Yamaha Stratoliner Midnight
28.9 2006 Yamaha Stratoliner S
29.1 2004 BMW R1200C Montauk
29.1 2004 BMW R1200C Classic
29.1 2006 Honda Gold Wing GL1800
29.1 2006 Suzuki Boulevard S83
29.1 2006 Yamaha Royal Star Tour Deluxe
29.3 2004 BMW R1200CL
29.3 2006 Honda Nighthawk
29.3 2006 Kawasaki Ninja 250R
29.5 low seat & 30.7 2005 BMW F650GS
29.5 2006 Suzuki Burgman 650
29.5 2006 Suzuki Burgman 650 Exec
29.5 2006 Yamaha Majesty
29.5 2006 Yamaha Royal Star Venture
29.7 2005 Aprilia Mojito Custom 150
29.7 2006 Honda Elite 80
29.7 2006 Honda Silver Wing
29.7 2006 Honda Silver Wing ABS
29.9 2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 800 Drifter
29.9 2006 Yamaha Vino 125
30.0 2006 Harley-Davidson VRSCR Street Rod
30.1 2006 Buell Lightning XB12S
30.1 2006 Yamaha V Max
30.3 2005 Aprilia Atlantic 200
30.3 2005 Aprilia Atlantic 500
30.3 2005 BMW K1200LT
30.3 & 31.5 2004 BMW K1200RS
30.5 2006 Buell Firebolt XB9R
30.5 2006 Buell Firebolt XB12R
30.5 2006 Buell Lightning XB12Ss Long
30.5 2006 Kawasaki Ninja 500R
30.7 2005 BMW F650CS
30.7 & 31.5 (low seat) OR 32.3 & 33.1 (reg. seat) 2005 BMW R1200RT
30.7 & 31.5 (low seat) OR 31.9 & 32.7 (reg. seat) 2005 BMW R1200ST
30.7 2006 Piaggio X9 500
30.9 2006 Piaggio BV250
30.9 2006 Piaggio BV500
30.9 2006 Piaggio FLY150
30.9 2006 Suzuki Katana 600
31.1 & 32.3 2004 BMW K1200GT
31.1 & 32.3 2005 BMW K1200S
31.1 & 31.9 & 32.7 2004 BMW R1150RS
31.1 2006 Honda 599
31.1 2006 Suzuki GS500F
31.1 2006 Suzuki Katana 750
31.3 2006 Honda 919
31.4 2006 Buell Lightning CityX XB9SX
31.5 2005 Aprilia Scarabeo 150
31.5 2005 Aprilia Scarabeo 500
31.5 2004 BMW R1100S
31.5 2004 BMW R1150R
31.5 2006 Suzuki SV650
31.5 2006 Suzuki SV650S
31.5 2006 Suzuki SV1000S
31.5 2006 Yamaha FZ6
31.7 & 32.5 & 33.3 2004 BMW R1150RT
31.7 2006 Honda Interceptor
31.7 2006 Honda Interceptor ABS
31.7 2006 Suzuki Hayabusa 1300 Limited
31.7 2006 Suzuki Hayabusa 1300
31.7 2006 Yamaha FJR1300A
31.7 2006 Yamaha FJR1300AE
31.7 2006 Yamaha YZF600R
31.9 2006 Honda CBR600F4i
31.9 2006 Suzuki DR200SE
31.9 2006 Suzuki GSX-R1000
31.9 2006 Suzuki GSX-R750
31.9 2006 Suzuki GSX-R600
32.1 2006 Kawasaki Z750S
32.1 2006 Yamaha FZ1
32.3 2006 Honda CBR600RR
32.3 2006 Honda CBR1000RR
32.3 2006 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R
32.3 2006 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6RR
32.3 2006 Kawasaki Z1000
32.3 2006 Kawasaki ZZR600
32.3 2006 Suzuki V-Strom 650
32.3 2006 Yamaha YZF-R6S
32.5 2006 Honda RC51
32.9 2004 BMW R1150R Rockster
32.9 2006 Yamaha YZF-R1
32.9 2006 Yamaha YZF-R1 LE
33.0 - 34.8 2006 Suzuki DR650SE
33.1 2005 BMW R1200GS
33.1 2006 Buell Ulysses XB12X
33.1 2006 Suzuki V-Strom 1000
33.5 2006 Yamaha YZF-R6
33.9 2005 BMW R1100S BoxerCup Replika
34.3 2005 BMW F650GS Dakar
34.8 2006 Kawasaki KLX250S
35.0 2006 Kawasaki KLR650
35.0 2006 Suzuki DR-Z400SM
35.4 2004 BMW R1150GS Adventure
36.8 2006 Suzuki DR-Z400S
 

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Here's another site I just found, "The Short Bike List FAQ"


Welcome to the Short Bike List (SBL), a list of motorcycles suitable for short beginning motorcyclists, and much more.

The SBL was originated by people who are generally around five feet tall, and as beginners found it frustrating to find motorcycles they could ride. The motorcycling community at large is rather ignorant about the needs of a short rider, and this FAQ is an attempt to support new short riders and educate well-meaning taller ones.
 

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I hope this helps.

Hey Tammy. Here's a site that you can get the specs on different bikes and different years from one place. It's not all listed out on one page, but a couple of clicks will take them where they need to go, hopefully. :) It also shows MSRP for the bikes and all the other specs.

About.com: http://wantfacts.com/

It won't let me use the link button....so I just put the whole address in here. Can you fix it Tam?
 

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i might be pissing in the wind here but i didn't notice anyone talking about shaving the seat it's what i did to my bike bc i didn't want the disadvantages that come with a lowered suspension. It ended up giving me nearly two inches, of course it depends on the bike but most come with plenty enough cushion to spare and you can also take in the width. it's still comfortable and looks nice too if you do it right.
 

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This shouldn't be in the Women Riders forum, it should be in the new riders section or general section.

nonetheless, good stuff!
 

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Most bikes can be lowered, though. I have a 2007 Honda Interceptor VFR800S. That bike has a 31.7" seat height. I got a lowering kit from sigmacycle.com that dropped my bike almost 2". The only problem now is that she's a big, fat, porky pig at 505lbs. I guess I need to hit the gym to push her around.

Stephanie
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The '04 and newer Suzuki DR650SE comes from the factory able to be lowered from 34.8" to 33", which sounds crazy for a full sized dual-sport yet they still retain ample ground clearance when this is performed. I still can barely get both tip-toes down though, which I don't care, I one leg it everywhere anyways. lol

EDIT: I don't own one, just ridden one, I intend on owning one though.
 
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