Several motorcycle manufacturers now recognise that shorter riders are not being catered for by bikes with tall seats, so they are offering low seat options.
However, these are usually not free. You have to buy the bike with the original tall seat then buy the short seat option sometimes costing as much as $600, depending on the model.
It’s highway robbery and it’s no wonder motorcycle companies are struggling.
Providing a low-seat option is great, but making the customer pay for the seat is ridiculous.
You can’t use two seats on the one bike. You only want one.
So why should you have to buy a standard seat when you really only want the lower option?
It should be a free option.
While most manufacturers charge for the lower seat, some retailers do offer it free to seal a deal.
Seat height issue
The issue of seat heights is one that comes up again and again, particularly among women, who on average are shorter.
In Australia, the average height of an adult male is 1784mm (5’10.2″) and women are 1639mm (5’4.5″). American men are slight shorter (1782mms) and women are slightly taller (1641mm (5′ 4.6″).
But if motorcycle companies want to reach out to more customers, they have to appeal to ethnicities that have shorter riders, such as many Asian nations.
In fact, the two biggest motorcycle markets in the world, China and India, have very short average heights. China is 1694mm (5′ 6.7″) for males and 1586mm (5′ 2.5″) for females, while Indians are 1653mm (5′ 5″) for males and 1653mm (5′ 5″) for females.
Tips for short riders
Not all short riders are daunted by tall seats, though.Our article which lists the seat heights of all road motorcycles is regularly one of the most viewed on our website. Click here to read the article which is regularly updated with new models.Motorcycle seat height is a barrier to short people and those who lack confidence when they can only reach the ground with their toes.
There are ways to overcome tall seats.