A list of 9 current Indian bikes/motorcycles which are easy to ride for a short guy..
A common and pertinent concern among Indians guy who are not blessed with a good height, looking for a motorcycle would be:
“Will I be able to handle the bike comfortably?” or “Will the seat height be too high for my legs?”
Being around 5 ft 4 - 5 ft 5 inches in height, I can perfectly understand this concern. Things to look out in a bike for a short rider
- 1. A low seat height
2. A seat which narrows/tapers towards the front
3. A manageable Kerb (with petrol + engine oil) weight of the bike
Compiled below is a list (from my own riding experience) of currently available Indian bikes/motorcycles which short guys would find comfortable to ride. Interestingly nearly all the bikes listed below have a seat height of less than 800 mm (most fall around the 790 mm mark).
A low seat height is very obvious but a seat which narrows towards the front is also very important for short legs. A wide seat makes the legs to bend/curve, which makes matters worse for short legs which try to get a firm footing on the ground. A narrow/tapered seat towards the front lets short legs reach terra firma with a less curvature.
Most Indian motorcycles have a seat height of around 800 mm. Therefore mostly it is the width of the seat which determines how comfortably a short guy would be able to ride the bike.
1. Hero Honda Splendor (Seat height - 775 mm, Kerb Weight – 112 kgs):
The Splendor is the easiest motorcycle to ride for a short Indian guy. Along with a low seat height, the seat is also narrow towards the front and the bike has a kerb weight of just 112 Kgs.
Interestingly the Passion which is just a Splendor with different body work has a slightly higher seat and a broader seat, which doesn’t make the Passion uncomfortable for the shorter guy but certainly not as easy as the Splendor.
2. Hero Honda Super Splendor ( Seat height - 775 mm , Kerb weight - 121 Kgs):
The Super Splendor also has a narrow seat plus a low seat height and a light Kerb weight.
Also like the Splendor and Passion, the Glamour which is essentially the Super Splendor with different body work has a higher and wider seat.
3. Bajaj Avenger ( Seat height - 710 mm , Kerb weight - 155 Kgs):
The Avenger has the lowest seat height (710 mm) among made in India bikes, making it a small guys delight.
Just that its kerb weight of 155 kgs is comparatively slightly on the higher side.
4. Bajaj Pulsar 135LS ( Seat height - 800 mm , Kerb weight - 122 Kgs):
The Pulsar 135LS has a seat height of 800 mm but it has a seat which narrows quite nicely at the front.
A light weight body of 122 kgs also makes it easy for short legs.
5. TVS Apache RTR 160 ( Seat height - 790 mm , Kerb weight - 136 Kgs):
The TVS Apache RTR 160 sometimes gets the flak for being too compact for bigger guys.
But then the Apache RTR 160 fits like a glove for someone like me.
6. TVS Apache RTR 180 ( Seat height - 790 mm , Kerb weight - 137 Kgs):
The TVS Apache RTR 180 has an identical seat height as the Apache RTR 160 and just gets 1 kg increment over its kerb weight.
This makes it almost the same as the Apache RTR 160 in size and weight.
7. Yamaha R15 ( Seat height - 790 mm , Kerb weight - 131 Kgs):
Like the TVS Apache RTR, the Yamaha R15 is also a compact and light weight package.
Which makes riding it an easy affair for not so tall Indian guys.
8. Yamaha FZ16/S ( Seat height - 790 mm , Kerb weight - 135 Kgs):
The FZ with its puffed up body panels might appear all beefy, heavy and masculine. But in reality it is a very cleverly designed bike from Yamaha.
At 135 Kg kerb weight, the bike is relatively light and has a pretty manageable seat height of 790 mm.
9. Kawasaki Ninja 250R ( Seat height - 790 mm , Kerb weight - 172 Kgs):
The Ninja 250R was a sweet surprise for me. Kawasaki had done a research in the US (where the Ninja 250R has been the best selling bike since a long time) where it had found that quite a sizeable chunk of the Ninja 250R buyers comprised of ladies.
Therefore it was deliberate that the Ninja 250R was designed specifically keeping the ladies in mind. The Ninja 250R therefore gets a seat height of not just 790 mm but also a seat which narrows nicely towards the front; making the baby Ninja 250R a ream come true for vertically challenged riders.
But at 172 Kgs kerb weight, the Ninja 250R does deserves some respect. Despite the weight I have found the Ninja 250R easier to ride and maneuver than my Pulsar 220.
I hope that the above list helps guys looking for an Indian motorcycle suitable for short guys.
- Kawasaki Ninja 250R: Ride Review
- Bajaj Pulsar 135LS: Ride Review
- TVS Apache RTR 160 Hyperedge: Ride Review
- Yamaha FZ16: Ride Review
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