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Best Harley for Short Riders

Posted by Oakland H-D Contributor on Feb 5, 2020 10:00:00 AM

Let’s talk about the challenges of feeling comfortable on a motorcycle as a “short” rider. It can be frustrating going bike shopping, just to find out that your toes barely touch the floor on just about every motorcycle you sit on. You’re wondering if you’ll ever find the right fit. Don’t worry. There are solutions.

Your new Harley-Davidson can be customized to fit you. However, two of the main factors that will help you feel comfortable on your new bike can’t be bought. They are experience and confidence. These will develop over time as you become a skilled rider. However, if you feel you need more to help you get riding there are some solutions.




Customizing your Harley-Davidson for short riders

One of the least expensive solutions is finding a great pair of riding shoes or boots that have a thick sole to help add to your height.

Secondly, a new seat can make a big difference. It’s not always about a lower seat, but a narrower seat will help your feet get closer to the ground.

Lastly, bike customization, such as handlebar customization, a lowering kit or shorter shocks can help. Keep in mind that altering the bike’s factory set-up, such as a lowering kit or shorter shocks will change the riding experience and is not always the most desirable solution.



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 When it comes down to it, you are not bound by your height. Any bike can be made to fit you. It’s all about what you feel is right for you.


That being said, if you'd like to start off stock with a lower seat height, don't gravitate to the small displacement bikes. More often than not, there's no correlation between low seat height and small motor.

2020 Seat Heights Lower than 26 inches:

  1. Softail Slim (25.5 inches)
  2. Breakout 114 (25.6 inches)
  3. Street 750 (25.7 inches)
  4. Iron 883 (25.7 inches)
  5. Iron 1200 (25.7 inches)
  6. Sport Glide (25.7 inches)
  7. Street Bob (25.8 inches)
  8. Fat Boy 114 (25.9 inches)
  9. Softail Deluxe (25.9 inches)
  10. Road Glide (25.9 inches)
  11. Road Glide Special (25.9 inches)

To find your proper fit and to explore your options, schedule some on-on-one time with one of our Product Specialists today! 

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Ready for more? Check out the Guide to Picking a Motorcycle That Is Right for You.

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