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Good article, but all these bikes are too tall for my girlfriend, who is 5-foot-3 with a 26-inch inseam. She is currently on the Suzuki S50, which has a really low 25-inch seat height and a Mustang seat. The bike is very narrow, and that helps a lot. Lower bikes like the Harley Switchback and all the rest have a very wide motor that makes them hard for smaller folks. The 883 Harley Sportster (and 1200) with mid controls is a very good answer for some. I'm looking for a low bike with ABS and can't come up with one for a more advanced rider.

Capt_T
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Editor Response
Thanks for your comment! Check out our story The Lowest of the Low, which includes a complete list of the lowest seat heights on the market to date. There's likely to be an option with ABS on that list. Good luck!
Amy Mortensen, Editorial Assistant
Thanks so much for articles like this one! I am only 5 feet 1 inch and most bikes are not for people like me. This seems to be changing though. I ride a Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe. It's been lowered and the seat changed, and it fits well, but sometimes I would love to have a little sportbike to run around town on. The Harley is so heavy and hard to park, much better for bike trips and day rides out of the city. I looked at the Honda 250 sportbike, the seat height is 30.5 inches. Would you have any idea how much a sportbike seat can be lowered. I was on my very tiptoes at 30 inches.

Alison Okinaka
Salt Lake City, UT
Friday, May 18, 2012
Editor Response
How much you can lower a sportbike all depends on the aftermarket seat or shocks you purchase to do so. Often it's just a few quarters of an inch lower. Some manufacturers, like BMW, offer a low seat option that's fitted at the factory that can lower a bike up to 1 inch, which can make a difference in touching the ground or not. Your dealer should be able to advise you on what aftermarket parts are available to lower a particular model.
Genevieve Schmitt
Having recently joined the ranks of female bikers I can highly recommend the Triumph Speedmaster. At 5 feet 8 inches I didn't face the problems that shorter women have, however I could be considerably shorter and be just as comfortable on the Speedmaster. It's also a great looking bike that always turns heads!

Kate Minchin
London, SW, United Kingdom
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
It's great to see the manufacturers finally "getting it" about women riders. We can ride and want capable bikes to do it on! I urge women to try out different types of bikes, from cruisers to sport bikes, to sport tourers and dual sport bikes. They all have a little different feel and give back differently to the rider. I started on a cruiser/standard 35 years ago. When a boyfriend put me on his racing sport bike, I was hooked. That is until I started riding dual sport/adventure tourers. I bought my first one in 2005 and have around 100,000 miles on them now. For me they are the best all around, most comfortable bike on the market!

Karen Thomson
Snohomish, WA
Saturday, November 12, 2011
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