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I was just wanting to know people’s opinions on minimum height needed to adequately ride an FJR 1300. I am 172 cms or around 5’7 or 5’8.

I have been watching reviews on these bikes and I am considering it as a future bike.
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I'm 5'6 maybe 27" inseam. I have mine lowered in front 3/8" lowered in rear 1/2 with adjustable links, and wear a boot with a thick vibram insole. I also have 53 years experience riding the last 42 years on liter class bikes. You can also cut some foam out of the seat.

You didn't say how much experience you have (be honest with yourself). The FJR is a big tall, heavy, fast motorcycle. When on the small stature side of things, experience makes a big difference imo.
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I'm 5'6 maybe 27" inseam. I have mine lowered in front 3/8" lowered in rear 1/2 with adjustable links, and wear a boot with a thick vibram insole. I also have 53 years experience riding the last 42 years on liter class bikes. You can also cut some foam out of the seat.



You didn't say how much experience you have (be honest with yourself). The FJR is a big tall, heavy, fast motorcycle. When on the small stature side of things, experience makes a big difference imo.


Thanks for the reply. I have only been riding road for a couple of years. Before that, 5 years on dirt enduros.

I currently own a Kwaka ZRX1200r with a seat height of 790mm, which is easy for me to ride. I understand the FJR is about 830mm??


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I was just wanting to know people’s opinions on minimum height needed to adequately ride an FJR 1300. I am 172 cms or around 5’7 or 5’8. I have been watching reviews on these bikes and I am considering it as a future bike. Thanks.
DJC72,

The FJR is a large bike, and somewhat top-heavy. As long as you can get both feet down on the ground, and avoid loose gravel, you should be okay. Check out a few FJRs that you meet, just to sit on them for size. Where are you located? Here are a few ideas for people like you and me:

https://www.fjrowners.com/forums/1228407-post5.html
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I am 5' 7" with 29" inseam. I have never owned a MC I could flat foot with both feet including the FJR with stock seat in lowest position. It doesn't bother me because I am used to it.

Another potential issue for short FJR riders in backing up any amount of incline on the bike.

+1 on the thick/tall lug style Vibram sole, you will feel taller too!
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Thanks for the reply. I have only been riding road for a couple of years. Before that, 5 years on dirt enduros.
If you have ridden off-road for 5 years then why are you asking this question? Unless you rode an 85 there is almost no dirtbike that is only as tall as an FJR.

Height has almost nothing to do with “being able to ride.” Your comfort in reaching the ground is determined by inseam. My inseam is 30” but I ride with a Laam seat for a 34” inseam. I can’t flatfoot at stops. I don’t expect to. I don’t even think about it until something like this comes up.

Before the Laam seat I rode the stock seat in the high position to minimize bend in knees. That is much more important to me than whether my heel touches pavement.
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For some reason it is not allowing me to quote posts. Anyhow, thanks everyone. I am in Victoria Australia. I hope to go to a showroom and sit on a FJR to try it for size. I’ve rang a few. Most don’t keep the FJR on the floor.

I’ll have to look up these soles you guys are talking about. Thanks a heap.


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If you have ridden off-road for 5 years then why are you asking this question? Unless you rode an 85 there is almost no dirtbike that is only as tall as an FJR.



Height has almost nothing to do with “being able to ride.” Your comfort in reaching the ground is determined by inseam. My inseam is 30” but I ride with a Laam seat for a 34” inseam. I can’t flatfoot at stops. I don’t expect to. I don’t even think about it until something like this comes up.



Before the Laam seat I rode the stock seat in the high position to minimize bend in knees. That is much more important to me than whether my heel touches pavement.


I owned a full sized KTM enduro. Yep seat height was very tall.

But the difference is the KTM was 107kg. The FJR is 300kg.
It doesn’t matter if you drop a dirt bike on the side.


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I was just wanting to know people’s opinions on minimum height needed to adequately ride an FJR 1300. I am 172 cms or around 5’7 or 5’8.

I have been watching reviews on these bikes and I am considering it as a future bike.
Thanks.


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