How Tall Should You Be To Ride A Motorcycle?

How Tall Should You Be To Ride A Motorcycle

You may want to purchase a motorcycle, but don’t know how tall you should be to ride on a motorcycle. In spite of having outright effects of height in various sections, it has no grave challenge while riding on a motorcycle.  

Operational point of view, there are no minimum height requirements for riding on a motorcycle, rather just to be able to touch the ground is the only requisite condition for a rider to ride on it. With the skills and proper techniques, a rider can very easily overcome his/her height limitations. 

At present, numerous brands, however, manufacture motorcycles considering different height group’s riders, more precisely for both tall and short riders.

If you are already using a motorcycle that doesn’t fit you appropriately, don’t worry because, by reading this article you’ll come to know how to adjust your motorcycle for a perfect fit and before that, I also discuss how to choose a motorcycle that fits you.  

Furthermore, you’ll get some essential tips for both short and tall motorcycle riders with the list of 15 best motorcycles for them in 2022. So, don’t go anywhere without finishing my entire article.

How To Choose A Motorcycle That Fits You?

Here I point out some ways to choose a motorcycle that fits you:

1. Practically Inspection:

I always recommend everyone to inspect a motorcycle practically before purchasing. Go to the shop, and take a seat on the motorcycle that you want to buy and thereafter feel how comfortable you are riding on it. If you are easily able to touch the ground from this motorcycle, it is purchase-worthy. Don’t purchase such motorcycles which do not match your heights and weights.

2. Saddle Height:

In the market, you’ll find different saddle height’s motorcycles. Among them, choose such saddle height which is appropriate to your heights. Below, I make a table that presents you which saddle heights are required for particular riders based on motorcycles’ riders height range:

Motorcycle Riders HeightRequire Saddle Heights (Millimeters)
Less Than 5 Feet 6 Inch790 MM. Or Less.
5 Feet 7 Inch to 5 Feet 9 Inch800 MM. Or Less.
5 Feet 10 Inch And More Than That810 MM. to 820 MM.

3. Adjustment Facilities:

You should purchase such motorcycles which have adjustment facilities. It will allow you to adjust different parts of your motorcycle according to your own heights and comforts. So before buying a motorcycle, make sure that the seat, shock absorber, and the other parts of it are adjustable.

How To Adjust Your Motorcycle For A Perfect Fit?

If your motorcycle doesn’t fit you appropriately, you’ll feel uncomfortable during riding. Consequently, it is very important to fit your motorcycle according to your heights and weights. In this part of the article, I’ll discuss how to adjust your motorcycle for a perfect fit:

1. Adjust The Suspension: 

Choosing the perfect suspension for your motorcycle is a compulsory task. If you’re a short rider, then go for softer suspension, and it is the opposite for the taller riders.

2. Install A New Seat:

You should also replace your seat if it doesn’t fit you accurately. As a taller rider, you require higher seats to replace the existing ones. On the other hand, lower seats are suitable for shorter riders.

3. Adjust Other Parts:

There is no alternative of adjusting every part of your motorcycle to get a comfortable and safe ride, such as mirrors, saddle heights, etc, based on your heights. Hence, do needful if you feel uncomfortable on your motorcycle.

7 Essential Tips For Short Motorcycle Riders: 

In simple terms, height doesn’t matter when riding a motorcycle. As a consequence, follow these 7 essential tips for short motorcycle riders:

1. Use Panniers:

It may sound weird, but believe me, installing panniers makes motorcycle riding easier for the short riders. It added some additional height and extra weight to the motorcycle that helps a short rider to touch the ground comfortably by his/her toes.

2. Low The Motorcycle’s Suspension:

You can also lower your motorcycle’s suspension to ride it comfortably. You can lower around 1 inch of the motorcycle by doing that. In the home, you can easily lower your motorcycle’s suspension by yourself. If you can’t do that, then ask for help from the dealer or a professional mechanic.

3. Purchase High Boots:

As a short rider, you should purchase a pair of higher motorcycle boots. You’ll find boots of different heights and sizes in the market, of them, chose the perfect one for you. By following some tricks and techniques, you can also manually increase the heights of your motorcycle boots.

4. Don’t Stop Your Motorcycle In A Lower Land:

You shouldn’t stop your motorcycle in such lower lands where it is too difficult for you to touch the ground. After reaching the destination, stop your motorcycle in a higher land to get off comfortably.

5. Set A Lower Seat:

For the short riders, it is pretty difficult to manage the motorcycle by sitting on a higher seat. As a result, you need to adjust it according to your height. If your motorcycle seat is too high, you can replace it with a lower one. Some motorcycle seats have the assembled features. You should also adjust the mirrors if it is not in the proper position.

6. Seat A Passenger In Behind:

Riding your motorcycle with a passenger helps a short rider to keep the balance during riding. You should practice a lot before riding with a passenger on the roads or highways.

7. Choose A Small And Lightweight Motorcycle:

Small and lightweight motorcycles are perfect for short riders. These motorcycles are easy to handle for a short person. Nowadays, in the market, you’ll find such types of motorcycles of different brands. In the later part of this article, I’ll give you the list of the 15 best motorcycles for shorter riders in 2022.

Click this link to visually see how a short rider can comfortably ride a motorcycle.

5 Essential Tips For Tall Motorcycle Riders: 

Below see my 5 essential tips for tall motorcycle riders: 

1. Sitting Further Back In The Seat:

A tall motorcycle rider should be sitting further back in the seat for getting a  cozy ride. When tall motorcycle riders are sitting like that, it will allow them to stretch the legs easily during the whole ride and reduce the risk of accidents.

2. Put Your Fist Between Your Crotch And Tank:

A tall rider should put his/her fist between their crotch and tank to ride on a motorcycle comfortably. Make sure that you put your fist in the middle, no less or no more.

3. Make Sure A Comfortable Grip: 

Without a comfortable grip, no one can ride a motorcycle safely. As a taller motorcycle rider, you should sit in the right position to get a comfortable grip. For them, tank grips are also helpful during motorcycle riding.

4. Use Rearsets: 

Rearsets help the tall riders to adjust his/her motorcycle properly according to the heights. Using rearsets is an effective solution in that particular case. Taller riders should install a higher seat to get perfect adjustment while riding a motorcycle.  

5. Choose A Big And Heavyweight Motorcycle:

As a taller rider, you must choose such motorcycles which are fit for you according to the heights. Big and heavy-weighted motorcycles are usually fit for tall riders. In the next part of this article, I’ll give you the list of the 15 best motorcycles for taller riders in 2022. So read that part.

To see how a taller rider rides a motorcycle comfortably, click here.

15 Best Motorcycles For Shorter Riders In 2022: 

Here I list the 15 best motorcycles for shorter riders in 2022:

  1. Zero XU.
  2. Kawasaki ZZ-R1400.
  3. Kawasaki Vulcan S.
  4. BMW F900XR.
  5. Ducati Monster 696.
  6. Ducati Scrambler.
  7. Honda Rebel 500.
  8. Honda Fury.
  9. Honda CTX 700.
  10. Honda CB 300.
  11. Moto Guzzi V7.
  12. Triumph Street Twin.
  13. Yamaha MT-07.
  14. Suzuki SV 650.
  15. Harley Davidson SuperLow

15 Best Motorcycles For Taller Riders In 2022:

Here is the list of the 15 best motorcycles for taller riders in 2022:

  1. BMW R1200 GS.
  2. Kawasaki Versys X300.
  3. Kawasaki KLR 650.
  4. Suzuki SV650.
  5. Suzuki V-Strom 1000.
  6. Ducati Multistrada 1200.
  7. Ducati XDiavel.
  8. Ducati Streetfighter V4.
  9. Harley-Davidson Breakout.
  10. Yamaha XSR 900.
  11. Yamaha YZF-R125.
  12. Yamaha Ténéré 700.
  13. KTM 1290 Super Adventure R.
  14. Honda CRF250L.
  15. Triumph Tiger 1200 XR.

Can A 5 Feet Person Ride A Motorcycle?

Acceptably, though height has direct effects in various sectors, it is not a big issue in motorcycle riding. I know many of my friends who comfortably and safely ride their motorcycles despite having around 5 feet in height. Why not you? Choose the perfect motorcycle according to your height, improve your skills with proper techniques, after that you’re completely ready for a ride.


If you follow the proper techniques and choose the right one for you, your height should not be an issue for riding a motorcycle. Is height a big factor for riding a motorcycle? What is your verdict? Let me know in the below comment box.

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