Whether you are buying your first motorcycle or looking for an upgrade, motorcycle shopping is a tough sport for tall guys, especially.
Most bikes are manufactured for people with short to medium build type, so finding the perfect fit for people over six feet can be a very tricky business.
However, if you have a general understanding of the specifications that would best suit your physique, this arduous task becomes much simpler.
Starting out, you want to get a bike that provides adequate legroom so that it is comfortable to ride for long stretches.
It should not have a very short distance between the seat and the footholds, as it can bend your knees at an agonizing angle, making it a nuisance of a ride.
Your first bike shouldn’t be too bulky or a joyride will twist into a hard workout.
These points are crucial to consider when you are a beginner.
Especially since you will inevitably practice for extended periods and repeatedly hefting up your bike when you hit a pesky pothole or some rough terrain.
The height of a motorcycle seat is also a convenient indicator to figure out if a bike is a right height for you.
The right seat height can prevent injuries and pain and aid in a better posture, enabling a finer experience.
The length measured from the lowest point of the saddle to the ground when the bike is in an upright position and not on its stand is called the seat height.
It is usually measured in inches or millimeters and can be easily found on the manufacturer’s website.
Although there are a few different methods to determine seat height, the simplest of all is to relate your inseam length to your seat height.
Typically removing an inch or two from your inseam length can equate to an ideal seat height.
As a general rule, bikes with bigger engines or compact builds have a higher seat, but this can vary according to the bikes.
Adventure bikes have the tallest seats due to transversely mounted engines and the need for high ground clearance.
Off-road, Dual sport and Enduro motorcycles have greater suspension travel, which naturally elevates the bike’s seat height to 31 inches or above.
Standards are usually between 28 to 30 inches.
Cruisers have the lowest seat height. They can be as low as 26 inches.
Despite the seat being comparatively much closer to the ground, low-slung cruisers are favored by many people who have a larger frame.
This is because their engines are usually narrow v-line twins that are positioned in front of the seat to provide plenty of room horizontally to accommodate their longer limbs.
The horizontal length, tall ape hanger handlebars, and low seats altogether allow a relaxed posture for taller individuals, particularly for traveling on highways.
With trial and error, you will quickly learn the type that you prefer.
For an individual standing at 6 feet 1 inch, a seat height anywhere from 30 to 32 inches should be suitable.
An ideal height allows you to sit with your feet flat on the ground without awkwardly cramping your legs.
Although most motorcycles are made for shorter individuals, the following are some fun options catered to taller riders.
BMW R1200GS Adventure
This enormous beast is the all-rounder of adventure bikes and is perfect for taller riders and especially forgiving to beginners.
Despite its size, it has excellent weight distribution, making it very user-friendly even for riders of medium height.
It is also agile on both roads and rough terrain.
Yamaha Ténéré 700
Its seats, elevated to a lofty 875mm, have enough legroom for larger physiques.
This middle-weight motorcycle variety is affordable, easy to handle, and has performance specs competent enough for everyday riding and long-distance travel.
Triumph Rocket III
This massive bike has bold looks and a seat height of 773mm which provides ample space for a comfortable riding position.
Another great advantage is that it can be customized at the point of purchase to suit your preferences exactly.
With a length of a whopping 2,370 mm, the 2022 Breakout is a modern, chrome-fitted cruiser’s dream.
Decked out with an impressive 1,868cc, Milwaukee-Eight engine and a satisfying rumble, it serves looks, power, and room for a stretched-out position for the rider.
Compared to the FZ-09, the FJ-09 has a well-supported suspension and improved stability. The seat is well-cushioned and has sufficient room to cater to the tallest riders without comprising agility.
The only downside is that this bike is heavier than most and requires some skill to perfect control.
Modifications to suit your height
If you already own a bike, some modifications can markedly improve your experience with it as a tall guy.
An adjustable custom seat is a great place to start.
You can test out different heights to see if one falls closer to your liking.
Customizing the height of handlebars and foot holds as well as extending floorboards can also create adequate space to make the bike fit just right.
Even though you are a tall rider, from adventure bikes to Harleys, there are plenty of options on the market for you.
Ultimately, when you try out your favorite picks, you will find the bike that is best for you.