This funny video shows a short rider who struggles to get on a Suzuki SV650 and then struggles to get the side stand up to get going.
No laughing matter
It may be funny to the two British tradesmen who filmed the video, but it’s no laughing matter for millions of short riders in a world of tall motorcycles.
The SV650 has a seat height of 785mm which isn’t particularly tall, but it’s at the higher end of the scale from the low 600s for cruisers to the mid 900s for some adventure bikes.
The seat height is certainly more than this rider can cope with.
It’s almost agonising watching him as he struggles to get his leg over and then try to work out how to get the side stand up without toppling over.
When he is mounted with one foot on the ground and the other hovering off the deck he looks like 1.68m Dani Pedrosa on the starting grid of the MotoGP.
This video has so far been seen by more than a quarter of a million Facebook fans.
How would you feel if you had a quarter of a million people watch you trying to mount a tall bike?
The thing is, it can be done.
Tall bike seats are a hindrance to motorcycle sales. Very few manufacturers have realised this and addressed the problem.
Some have with optional lower seats and shortened suspension packages.
However, why should short riders be discriminated against and have to pay extra for the shorter seat and suspension package when they buy a bike?
If you are in the market for a bike that suits your short stature, you should check out our guide to motorcycle seat heights here.