I rode a 20" bike as a kid, and the dirt bikes I rode (and raced) in the early 70's had seat heights of 28-30".
Some of us need a little help reaching the ground and lowering links are a valid method. Commonly used on lots of models of motorcycles. At my 5 51/2" and a 26" inseam, the nearly 32 " seat height on a stock FJR is the same as a nearly 38" seat height for a guy with a 32" inseam. Think about that. How many guys would be searching for a way to lower it if the FJR had a 38" seat height? Or how about riding a dirt bike with a 45" seat height?
A combo of lower links, sliding the fork tubes, waffle stopper boots and maybe a little seat work makes a short person a lot more comfortable when coming to a stop. Sure you COULD hold up a 650 pound bike with one toe in most circumstances, as long as there is no dip in the road surface, no sand, or gravel, as long as you don't have to back up a little
We are not all 6' tall you know.
2018 Yamaha FJR 1300A
2014 Honda CB1100 DLX
It doesn't matter what I ride, where I ride, how fast I ride, or how far I ride... it only matters THAT I RIDE...EVERY DAY. "Ferret"
Last edited by the Ferret; 04-17-2020 at 10:39 AM.