What Motorcycle Size Should You Get For Your Height?

The Ultimate Guide to Motorcycle Types

Getting the right size motorcycle is absolutely crucial. The best way to tell seat height is to go and sit on the motorcycle itself…here we have listed a thorough chart that will help you estimate what motorcycle size works. When I was out shopping for my first motorcycle a few years ago, I had multiple difficulties along the way so that’s what gave me the incentive to write this in-depth article that will help you with possible questions you may ask yourself when you are shopping for a motorcycle.

However, size isn’t the only factor when choosing a motorcycle. Another component you need to take into account is the number of CC’s the motorcycle has. CC is the size of the engine, in Cubic Centimeters we don’t need to get too in-depth, but in simplest form; The larger the CC / Cubic Centimeter the more air can come in which ultimately produces more power or in other words horse power.

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Calculating Seat Height to Your Height

It’s very difficult to estimate exactly how high the seat should be per how tall you are. There are a few other aspects that should be accounted for such as leg height, leg width, and other related aspects. Please note, this guide is meant to help you with choosing the correct general height so you have a better understanding when you go check out your dream motorcycle. Here we have listed a simple chart that features the general bike size to your height. The ultimate and only way to choose the best motorcycle size is to go and sit on a motorcycle and try it out.

  • 6′ (182cm) and Taller : 40″ seat height
  • 5’10” (178cm) Tall : 36″ to 39″ seat height
  • 5’8″ (172cm) Tall : 33″ to 35″ seat height
  • 5′ 6″ (167cm) Tall : 30″ to 32″ seat height
  • 5′ to 5’5″ Tall : Anywhere from 28″ to 30″ seat height

If you are under 5 feet, we are not saying you can’t ride a motorcycle, we are simply saying at that height it’s best for you to go to your local motorcycle dealer and see what motorcycle fits for you. We ultimately would advise you to always see what fits for your circumstance on the motorcycle. Another thing to keep in mind is your feet; you should be able to touch the ground with your toes, although your heel shouldn’t be able to touch the ground in most cases.

How to Adjust a Motorcycle So It Fits

In some cases, you may have fallen in love with a particular motorcycle model. In this case, there are a few things you can do to try and get the motorcycle to serve your needs so you can enjoy your dream motorcycle. The first of the two possible changes is adjusting the motorcycle suspension.

  • Adjusting the Motorcycle Suspension: Adjusting your motorcycle suspension can be something you want to consider if it’s your last resort to driving your dream motorcycle. Most motorcycles will have limited capabilities, so be sure you do lots of research on your circumstances.
  • Seat Replacement: Simply replacing your seat with a smaller or larger seat can be a swift fix to your issue. There are tons of gorgeous seats out there on amazon and whatnot.

Finding The Right Type of Motorcycle

Choosing the best motorcycle type can be a difficult task, especially for someone who is a motorcycle enthusiast who is new to the industry. Here we will list the most common types of motorcycle and list the capabilities each one has.

  • Standard Motorcycle Type: The standard motorcycle type is amongst the most common motorcycle types on the roads. It features a tank bag and has an engine displacement of 125cc to 1,000cc.
  • Cruiser Motorcycle Type: The cruiser model is my favorite for sure, it features the most comfortable design in my opinion. It features a lower seat than most other motorcycle models, which explains its use for long trips or traveling. You can go more in-depth and learn the difference between the Harley Cruiser vs Touring.
  • Touring Motorcycle Type: The touring motorcycle has the largest design for sure. It has lots of compartments for items to carry and also features cross-country touring power.
  • Sport Bike Motorcycle Type: The sport bike motorcycle type is pretty self exploration. If you are looking for speed and agility then this motorcycle is for you.
  • Dual-Sport Motorcycle Type: This motorcycle type is the best choice for those looking to go anywhere with their dream bike, for instance if you are looking to go off-roading with your motorcycle then the Dual-Sport Motorcycle is for you.

Common Motorcycle Seat Height

If you do not see your bike listed below, feel free to check out this guide which has the ultimate guide to motorcycle seat guide.

  • 23.8 – 2016 Harley-Davidson Softail Slim
  • 26.1 – 2015 Harley-Davidson Road Glide
  • 26.1 – 2015 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Special
  • 26.8 – 2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 2000
  • 27.0 – 2006 Yamaha Virago 250
  • 27.1 – 2016 Harley-Davidson Tri Glide Ultra
  • 27.6 – 2006 Suzuki Boulevard C90
  • 30.0 – 2006 Harley-Davidson VRSCR Street Rod
  • Data from MotorcycleViews.com