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  1. I figured a concise summary might help for those new to the sport. The list of bikes just focuses on the lowest. The specs are just a guideline and may vary between year models. All this info is in the vid below too. LARGER BIKES WITH LOW SEAT HEIGHTS Triumph Tiger 800 XRx Low – 29.9 inches 760mm BMW F 700 GS – 30.1 inches 765mm BMW G 650 GS – 30.3 inches 770mm Triumph Tiger 800 XR – 31.1 inches 790mm Ducati Scrambler, 31.1 inches 790mm (not exactly an ADV though) Honda NC750X 2021 30.5 inches and on 800mm Honda CB500X – 31.8 inches 810mm (pre-2019) Honda Africa Twin – 32.2 inches 820mm (with Honda's lowering link) Triumph Tiger 800 XC – 32.2 inches 820mm BMW F 800 GS – 32.2 inches 820mm Honda NC750X 2019 & 2020 – 830mm 32.6 inches Suzuki V-Strom 650 – 32.8 inches 835mm Honda CB500X – 32.8 inches 835mm (2019 & on) LIGHTER BIKES WITH LOW SEAT HEIGHTS Royal Enfield Himilayan 31.5 inches 800mm but a whopping 191kg 421lb Kawasaki Versys-X 300 32.1inches 815mm 386 lbs 175kg 386lb BMW G310GS 32.8inches 833mm 169kg 372lb DR650 838mm (lower shock position) 33inches 838mm 166kg 366lb KTM 390 Adventure 33.6 inches 855mm 171kg 376lb HOW LOW (& LIGHT) CAN YOU GO? Some of the dual sport bikes have very low seat heights, especially the Yamaha TW200 and Suzuki VanVan. Quite a few riders take these fat tire wonders across the country. Many of the small dual sport bikes have quite low seat heights, the XT250 and DR200 are among the lowest. Suzuki VanVan: 30 inches 770mm 128 kg 282 lbs Yamaha TW200 31.1inches 790mm 127kg 279lb Yamaha XT250 31.9 inches 810mm 123kg 271lb DR200: 810mm 31.9 inches 810mm 125kg 276lb BIKE MODS There are plenty of experienced adventure riders who are short and want a quality bike with good performance. This is usually when you look at modifying an existing model to suit. Cut the seat down and recover it yourself. Or buy an lower aftermarket seat. The width of the seat is usually a problem too, so you can taper the seat at the front for when your feet are on the ground. If you can dramatically reduce seat height you may want lower footpegs too so your legs don't feel cramped. Handlebars. Usually the height will be okay, but some shorter riders trim the bar ends to feel more comfortable on the bike. Suspension mods. If you are short, chances are you are lighter as well. So softer springs front and rear might give you enough sag to be comfortable on the bike. The cheapest and most basic mod is a lowering link for the rear shock and slide your forks through the triple clamps to suit. It's very easy to change back to stock too. Most riders find this works great, but a few might find the rear shock doesn't work so well, or it might change the handling of the bike. You will probably need a shorter sidestand too. The other option is have your shock and forks both altered to sit the bike lower. Expensive and not easy to reverse. Riding boots with thicker soles. I can't find any adventure boots specifically made for short riders, but some do get their boots modified. RIDING TIPS Get used to just putting one foot down when you stop, not both. If you need to get one butt cheek off the seat to do this, practice putting a foot down on each side of the bike at a standstill until the butt slide becomes second nature. Get comfortable standing on the footpegs. In rougher terrain, you can move your body around much more to maintain balance. Work on your balance. Nothing perfects this like balancing at a standstill, see our training vid here. A less ambitious way to do this is with full lock turns, both standing and sitting. Learning to ride very slowly will also improve your clutch slipping skills. When parking, don't be embarrassed to get off the bike and just walk it into parking spots. Anything that gives you more control and less risk can't be a bad thing.
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