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This is an excellent article and lots of good points raised.

I too have a problem with shortness. I have an inside leg of 22 inches but I have to say I'm sorry but I really can't see how an inside leg of 30 inches makes you short.

All the points are right. Go for a lower seat and raised boots before you lower shocks as that really does affect handling. I have a Virago and I made a new seat out of steel plate, sliced up some sponge off an old sofa and then wrapped it in black plastic tape. Not pretty but cheap and effective. I have the shocks on the lowest setting which does make it wallow a bit and is useless when taking a pillion and you can't always say "hold on while I get a spanner and adjust my shocks" before you need to give someone a lift.

I wear steel toe caps with an inch-and--half sole but I also wear conventional bike boots and they also do the job. There is a limit though before you look like Frankenstein's and Gene Simmon's love child.

You can add inches to your feet but please remember leverage and the length of your arms. Short legs normally go with short arms and that really does make a difference to pushing a bike off a side stand, especially if you park on a camber.

Short body height also goes with short legs and I know of one lady rider who looks through the bars of her bike rather than over them. I tried that once on a XS650 hardtailed chop, it felt very unsafe.

I lot of it is confidence and self belief but I really would prefer to feel that I have 100 percent control over my bike than I am over stretching myself for the sake of riding my dream bike.

The point is there is no barrier to riding a bike, there are tons of options out there and lots of ways round things.


Maria
Cardiff, CF, United Kingdom
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
I have just got Baja Avenger Street 220cc that got launched yesterday. I am only 5 feet sitting on the bike. I have only one foot on the ground with other hanging in thee air. What I want to know is that if i get the thinnest gel seat, how many inches would decrease to fit my height.

The problem is also because I have heavy things so the room space is less making my legs spread and be in air. Would gel seats be helpful? How many inches would be decreased?


Trisha Roy
Pune, India
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Editor Response
Trisha,
You would have to contact the seat company you plan get a gel seat from and ask them how much it would decrease seat height. Each seat is different.

You should read this article we posted on WRN that offers tips for short riders handling bigger bikes.
Genevieve Schmitt, Editor
I am 5 feet tall and ride an H-D Heritage Softail. This is only because I lowered the bike 1 inch and have an H-D Super Reach seat. Not only did it allow me to be flat footed but pushes me forward to read the controls. My dealership actually spent time with me in their "fit shop" to make sure it would all work before I closed the deal on this bike.

Deborah Speicher
Tampa, FL
Sunday, August 30, 2015
I opted to change the seat on my Softail Slim to a Mustang Solo seat. Not only does it make me feel secure on my motorcycle because I can safely place my feet on the ground, it makes for a less fatigued ride as well.

Mona
Mankato, MN
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
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