What is a good dual sport motorcycle for my height?

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  • What is a good dual sport motorcycle for my height?


Answer #1 | 20/12 2013 01:00
The thing about dual sports, or any bike made to go off-road, is that they have more suspension travel. This means (usually) that the seat is higher off the ground, which can be a problem for the 'inseam challenged'. I'd guess a smaller, lighter dual sport would suit a shorter person, a 250 or even a 125. They publish seat heights in the specs, but the seats are all shaped differently so the only way to really tell is to find a bike of the model you're interested in and sit on it. You want to be able to sit on a bike with both feet flat on the ground
Answer #2 | 20/12 2013 01:18
The selection of a dual sport bike should not be made purely on the basis of the rider's size. Most modern dual sport bikes can be easily adjusted for shorter rider height by dropping the suspension and tightening the preload. What you should ask yourself is what you want to do with the machine. If you need a high performance off-roader that can also stand up to high speed long distance riding, get the bike that fits it's purpose. Then adjust the setup to suit the rider. I am 6 foot and ride KTMs. For dual sport I chose the KTM 640 adventure and it's fantastic. I will add that the bike feels an inch too low for me and if I were 5'6" it could well be the best bike for any rider and condition! The 640 is discontinued but the 690 is still available.
Answer #3 | 20/12 2013 03:42
I have an F650 single and it's just about perfect, Im <6' and < 155# , at about 425 lbs it is heavy enough to highway and yet light enough to beat around the dirt roads and double-tracks. It is too heavy for trails and moto-x style off road. but nothing does everything. It came with a lowering kit when I bought it but I like the standard height, and tho tall it is a nice ride. A standard weekend riding for me is about 700 miles 40% pavement, 60% National forest roads (dirt),The biggest drawback for me with that size bike is that it is ok on the highway, after a few hours or so I'm done, and would rather take side roads making the Highway range of the bike about 200 miles. A few more horses or even a sixth gear would remedy that (my bike is 14 years old) you should be able to find the bike specs here. Good luck
Answer #4 | 20/12 2013 14:22
Find out your leg inseam. Not all people of the same height have the same leg length. Knowing this will help you further. To give you a guide, I am 5FT10 with motorcycle boots on. My leg inseam is 31-32 inches. I ride a dual-sport at the moment with a seat height of 34.5 Inches. I can flat foot the bike with one foot, but cannot with both. Thing is, you are taught to cover the rear brake with your right foot anyway and use the left to keep the bike up. So in a case like this, there is no problem. You will get used to the bike in a few hours of riding anyway.
Answer #5 | 20/12 2013 19:38
For me I'm 5'10 and 150 lbs. I ride a klx 250s and the seat is up to my waist above my inseam, I throw a leg over and the suspension settles giving me almost my heel to the ground. It weights 297 lbs., personally I would go sit on some bikes cause the seat height may seem tall but when you actually sit on it the bike will settle giving a real feel of how you will be sitting. And if you get a bike that's a little tall for you make sure its not too heavy! Or you'll be falling over a lot.

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