Whether you’re a new rider or a seasoned veteran, one of the most important factors to take into consideration when choosing a new motorbike, is its size. And we don’t just mean the engine or even the overall weight – we’re referring to how manageable it is, and the seat height plays a pivotal role on this.
If the seat on your motorbike is too high then it can be difficult to comfortably place both your feet on the ground, which can be dangerous. Also, not being able to balance properly will no doubt leave you feeling anxious about taking your two-wheeler out for a spin.
Thankfully, more manufacturers are lowering seats on entry-level models, and there’s more motorbikes that have been specifically designed with adjustable seats. So, we wanted to go through some of the best low seated options out there, so that you can find the one that suits you, no matter your taste, budget, or height.
This fairly new bike fits firmly in BMW’s ‘adventure’ category, and is based on the well received G310R roadster. It’s fitted with a liquid-cooled, 33bhp, single cylinder powertrain; and has longer suspension to handle off-road trips.
It’s actually the tallest bike on this list, but has a seat height of just 835mm, which can be adjusted to 820mm with a lower seat option. It only weighs around 169.5kg (with fuel), which makes the model very lightweight and manageable. You should find it easy to put both feet flat on the floor.
Of course, Harley-Davidson is renowned for their speedy and easy-to-ride low-seated motorbike models, and the aptly named SuperLow is no different. Drawing inspiration from the 883 Sportster, this Harley actually has shorter rear shocks, smaller wheels and a lowered saddle.
It’s seat height is just 705mm, which simply adds to the bikes’ well-balanced stance and low center of gravity. The air-cooled V-twin, and easy handling make this model one of the most accessible, comfortable and manageable Harleys around.
Triumph Street Twin
The British motorcycle manufacturer’s retro roadster family of motorcycles have proved hugely popular over the years. From the beginner-friendly bikes such as the classic T100 Bonneville, to the ones that cater to more experienced riders, like the 1200cc, 96bhp Thruxton café racer.
Arguably the most accessible of the retro roadsters is the Street Twin, which has a seat height of 750mm. No matter your height, you’ll be able to enjoy the same upright, easy feeling, retro roadster riding experience. Plus, you can always add to the basic specifications with a whole range of accessories and styling kits that are available.
Kawasaki Ninja 300
This sports bike has been around for years now, but it’s still one of the most popular examples of the 300cc sports bike class around today. In terms of the seat height, which is at 785mm, it’s not exactly the lowest. However, the whole bike is really slim and narrow, making it accessible for beginners and shorter riders alike.
The Kawasaki Ninja 300 has a 39bhp parallel twin engine, looks great, and is very easy and practical to ride; which makes it a great first time sports bike for younger and older riders.
Honda CMX500 Rebel
Based on the highly successful CB/CBR500 family of A2-licence compliant twins from Honda, this lightweight cruiser can make for an ideal entry-level bike for any novice rider. While it uses a lot of the same components, it’s got a lower frame and a much more flexible 45bhp parallel twin engine.
Thanks to having a shorter, twin shock rear suspension and smaller 16-inch wheels; the bike has a very low seat height of just 690mm. Plus, it looks stylish and has excellent handling to match.
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