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Old 06-26-2011   #11
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Another thing to keep in mind is that although HD has motorcycles with low seat heights, they don't have low weights. Sure, some Harley modeles offer a 25" high seat and are quite narrow, but weigh in at a portly 750 LBS. This for sombody who's a short person of a slight build, although may be able to get their feet on the ground may find the motorcycle completely overwhelming.

Over the years several motorcycle manufacturers, notably BMW have introduced bikes with low seat options, like the K75, now ancient history sometimes they can still be found in good condition. Also BMW offers models with lower suspension an optional lower seats for shorter riders on current modles.

Quite often shorter rear shocks are available and it's possible to slide to fork tubes up slightly to gain a shorter bike. Also, custom seats are available that depending on the model bike can lower it more, but that depends on the actual motorcycle and how thick the seat cushion is to begin with. The thing to do is zero in on a model you like and see what's available kit wise to allow you to bring it down a couple of inches. Because of the desire for better ground clearance sport bikes tend to be more lofty than cruisers.

Although no longer in production the Buell Blast (a 500cc thumper) might be a good choice. Although it's very low to begin with the bike was available with your choice of 27.5-inch or 25.5-inch seat height depending the the seat you chose. The 25.5" seat is WAY low. I might add that my Blast was equipped with the "tall" seat it was very squishy and completely collapsed when you sat on it effectively making it a low seat. Not all the tall seats were this squishy however because of manufacturing tolerances in the seat factory. The Blast was built by Buell for use in the "Rider Advantage" training program that HD was sponsoring, so it's pretty much a mission specific motorcycle, there are faster, better, better looking bikes out there, but the blast is very low to the ground and if it's a choice of not riding or riding a Blast - get the Blast.

Check these links -

Buell Blast Review | Best Beginner Motorcycles

- John

Last edited by John; 06-26-2011 at 12:35 AM. Reason: Added more info.
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