Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Garden Grove, CA 92841
Are bikes getting taller?!
Ok, I'm a rather short fellow (5'6") with even shorter legs, but I'm pretty muscular so I can keep control of my bike (93 F2) at any stop sign with only the balls of my feet on the ground. I bought the bike used, so I don't know for sure but I'm pretty sure the rideheight is stock, I've sat on my friends 91 F2 and it seems the same, I can reach the ground ok on another friend's 92 FZR, and yet another friend's 97 GSXR750 (although I have to stretch a tad more with that one).
This weekend I was at the bike shop/showroom helping one of the forementioned friends drop off his FZR and decided to give a few of the new bikes a test sit. First up, an R1... I felt like a little kid, my feet swinging wildly above the ground while I sat with the kickstand up, I could bring it up off the kickstand with my left leg but it left my right foot hanging about 6 inches off the ground. I figure, "this must be a 1 liter bike thing, I guess I'm forever destined to ride 600s" so I mosey over to a pretty new telephonica scheme GSXR600... same thing, I could at least touch the ground with my tippy toes on this one, but no were comfortably enough to hold it up, again I had to have one foot on the ground and one dangled over the side. I sat on an RC51 and an R6, all with the same result.
I've always known I've been short, but it's never stopped me from doing anything I want to do before, but it looks like owning a new bike may be it.
so what is the deal anyway? I would imagine even average height guys would feel uncomfortable holding these bikes up at a light, why are new bikes so tall?
02 Impreza WRX
93 MR2 Turbo
88 MR2 Supercharged
4 vehicles, 6.2 liters, 800 HP