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|Sep 23rd, 2018 4:24 pm|
|Monster4Lee||Picking which foot to put down, and one cheek off the seat works, I have done it with my 29" inseam. Used to have a DRZ400S. Never dropped it due to the seat height. But I really like the low seat of my Monster. Getting both feet down flat or nearly so is confidence inspiring at low and no speed.|
|Sep 23rd, 2018 8:51 am|
I'm 5'5" with 29" seam. Also lightweight, too, at roughly 120lbs. My ride is 899 Panigale, and I have to tiptoe. Once the suspension sag was properly adjusted for my weight, it did help quite a bit, but no way I can flatfoot it. But it's not a lot of problem. I can't comfortably walk back and forth on the seat, so I just learned to hop off the bike to do those maneuvers. My biggest problem in relation to my height wasn't that, actually. I don't know about the Streetfighter with higher handlebar, but all Ducati superbikes seem to be made for more average sized person (duh, of course!), so finding a comfortable riding position was much more of a challenge for me than how well I can reach the ground. With a stock riding position, I'm way too stretched out, so my solution was moving the foot pegs up and forward, it made a world of difference. Like other said, it's got lot to do with how confident and comfortable you feel. It won't help any, but I saw this video a while ago during my insomnia...
|Sep 23rd, 2018 4:11 am|
|Sep 11th, 2018 3:42 am|
|Sep 11th, 2018 12:29 am|
Originally Posted by kennetheodore View Post
If you're just starting out i would definitely recommend staying within your comfort zone, it's easy for me to say that i do it and have no issues but i've been riding road bikes for more than 33 years now, as well as MX as a kid and enduro as an adult. there will come a time when you will move onto a bike with a taller seat and you will be comfortable doing it but sure as there's crap in a cat if you do it too early on you will drop it. That's embarrassing as well as expensive, especially on a Ducati.
Remember we all started somewhere, riding bikes should be like learning a musical instrument, no one picks one up and is a maestro, playing is not something you can buy, you have to learn it for yourself to be good at it, anyone can go buy a Les Paul gold top but if they can't play then it's an ornament. Same with bikes, anyone can go buy a V4 Panigale but without the skills to use it it's useless to you. you will do much better riding a bike that is at your level of experience, when you get better get a better/faster/bike.
Too many with no experience just have to be seen on the best bikes and truth be known they get laughed at and disrespected much more than a new rider on an appropriate bike, don't be that guy.
|Sep 10th, 2018 9:57 pm|
Originally Posted by ray916mn View Post
|Sep 10th, 2018 9:55 pm|
Im quite young and just started on this hobby, I currently ride a Monster 795 which I modified to a Monster 796 and probably has all the same dimensions. I was wondering if youre 5'3" but has very long inseams? A family relative of mine has the same height but has a 30" inseam, he rides a 1098.
|Sep 10th, 2018 11:51 am|
Generally most tend to say leathers are to be tighter than for comfort, I disagree.
Pick something that is comfortable, ie if you can reach the ground without the leathers you should with your leathers on.
Stop that silly idea leathers is a pain, as it shouldnt be!
Where does it come from? Someone enjoying it too much and then thinking Im not worthy, and need some extra pain? well you paid for it in one way or another already.
Im certainly using a roomy suit for above reason, crashed it several times and its still good with the odd patches, and my body.
I love tall bikes and the SPS, there are days in which I have trouble desciding between them
|Sep 10th, 2018 9:35 am|
|duc96cr||IMO everyone would benefit from that one. For the record, yes, I know how to ride tall bikes, I just prefer not to. Same with tall women...|
|Sep 9th, 2018 10:40 am|
I'm 59, 5'6 with a 29" inseam. I've got a 1098R as well as a number of bikes which are taller and shorter than the 1098. I used to shy away from bikes where i could not touch toes on both sides at the same time, but learning to ride off road has made me comfortable with tall seat heights. My dirtbike is kick start only with a 37" seat height. I wish I had learned to better deal with tall seats heights years earlier than I did.
If you haven't learned to deal with tall seat heights, then it makes sense to shy away from them. If you want to learn to deal with them, I'd recommend learning to ride a dirtbike. There is a MSF off road beginner's riding course in my area which offers loaner bikes, just like the beginner road course. They teach you how to cross a telephone pole, how to deal with slick surfaces, how to slide the rear to steer and how to deal with not being able to touch both feet to the ground at the same time.
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