I have been asked many times “how can you ride such a tall bike”? So, I have put together some pics to try to show as close as I can with the specs I know what I might look like on all the recent bikes I have owned or “borrowed”. My height is 5’5″, well almost 5’5″ ;-) with an in seam of 30.5 inches.
Cheryl is about 5’5″ and her in seam is 31.5. Big difference when it comes to our ’13 BMW F800GS bikes. She has more footing than I will ever have. So, this post is for the vertically challenged.
At the request of the site who has the original post they have asked I link the rest of the story from this blog…so, if you want to read all about the top 10 bikes please head on over to ADV Pulse to read it all. Thanks. Leslie
I love finding articles that deal with real life challenges for those of us who want to ride an ADV bike so badly but have been cursed with being vertically challenged. This article was sent to me by a FB page reader from ADV Pulse
ADV bikes as I have said before can be the right bike for you despite seat height. I am proof…5′ almost 5″ ;-) and an inseam of 30.5. Plus, I am a grrl, I have thighs that push my legs out even further than a guy while sitting on the seat making the ground that much further on my F8. But you want to know the truth? I was intimidated buying a regular height BMW F800 at first. But now over 11,000 KM’s later I would have regretted getting the low suspension because I am a confident, not cocky rider who can ride my bike safely and with ease. I am mindful as to where I park more so but in the end I have absolutely NO issues with the seat height. So, lesson? There is an ADV bike out there for you….don’t under estimate you riding abilities as well don’t over-estimate them as well.
Know you will get used to not being flat-footed, you will adjust your riding habits to the bike you ride. Enjoy the search….and I think articles like this sure will hit home for some of you….at least you can see there are a few ADV/DS bikes out there that might make you feel comfortable enough to buy.
Trying to find an Adventure Motorcycle with a reasonable seat height can be a frustrating experience. Adventure Bikes are some of the tallest motorcycles in existence. Their long-travel suspension smooths out the bumps off-road, but it also gives them a tall seat that makes it hard to touch both feet on the ground.
I think this bike will be a hit and find its way into the ADV market place. Just seems like a whole lot of bike for the price and will make to non hard-core off-road rider very happy. Perhaps just a great overall everyday ADV bike ;-)
The adventure doesn’t really begin, they say, until something goes wrong. When we combine adventure bikes with guys that have seen too many BMW commercials, this inevitably entails picking adventure bikes back up from the dusty trail (or in my case, having them extracted by helicopter). Suddenly, it’s very clear why weight matters. Continue reading →
The large displacement adventure bike category has been a bright spot for the motorcycle industry over the past few years. The segment has seen sales growth that bucks the trend across the rest of the motorcycle landscape. This has resulted in a plethora of choices for the buyer. But which bike is best? We’ve ranked what we think are the top five 1,000cc plus adventure bikes on the market for 2014. Continue reading →
Now I would like to see a V Strom 800 ;-) This 1000 looks sweet! Way to go Suzuki! I have a feeling this version will be considered the road 1000 with an ADV model to follow. Just my gut since the wheels on this bad boy or grrl are not spoked and smaller in size.
Essentially identical to the concept unveiled at Intermot last year, these first photos and complete details of the production 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS reveal a shockingly complete, high-spec, powerful, relatively light ADV bike.
The first generation V-Strom 1000 was launched back in 2002 and has remained in production since. Styling was never a strong point, but fitted with a version of the old Tl1000S’ powerful v-twin housed in an aluminum beam frame, performance definitely was. This new, 2014 V-Strom 1000 is fitted with a heavily modified version of that v-twin in a new, aluminum frame. And, for the first tim on a Suzuki, this V-Strom includes Traction Control.
Attending Adventure Camp with RawHyde Adventures, the official BMW Motorrad off-road training academy in North America, will greatly improve your off-road motorcycle skills and will open the doors to your adventure lifestyle, helping you become part of a global adventure motorcycle community. Your all-inclusive, semi-rustic weekend spent at RawHyde will create skills, memories and relationships that last a lifetime. -Teaching you and allowing you to do things on a motorcycle that you never thought you could do. Learn in a building-block manner starting from the very basics, then take your achievements to the next level, gently guided by your BMW Training Coach. Bring your own bike or rent one from RawHyde. Both beginner classes and advanced classes available. All dual-sport makes are welcome. http://www.rawhyde-adventures.comContinue reading →