The best motorcycles for smaller riders

I hate to break it to you Harley riders, but not everyone is even able to ride or handle your cruiser and touring bikes. As a 5” 1’ female, I would drown in even the Dyna Wide Glide, coming in at 683.4 lbs wet. If you’re like me and vertically challenged, here are some of the best motorcycles for smaller riders.

Disclaimer: This list will never include BMW or Ducati bikes. Anyone who buys one of their bikes (not meant for professional riding) is just paying for the hype and name of the brand, not the performance

#7-KTM 390 Duke

Seat Height: 32.7 inches

Wet weight(with fluids): 364.6 lbs

Displacement: 373.2 cc

Great for a long ride with nice suspension and a standard bike build. You’re basically just paying for the lower price; there are other brands that last better, but this is still an honorable mention.

#6- Honda CBR650R

Seat Height: 31.9 inches

Wet weight(with fluids): 456 lbs

Displacement: 650 cc (39.7 cu inches)

With its sport build, it takes direction effortlessly. While this CBR is no hardcore track sportbike, it is light and powerful.

#5- Kawasaki Vulcan S

Seat Height: 27.8 inches

Wet weight(with fluids): 491.7 lbs

Displacement: 649 cc-1,700cc

This bike is great all-round. It is a great cruiser that handles like a light sport bike. ABS is a standard inclusion; great for stopping in all kinds of weather.

#4- Kawasaki Ninja 650

Seat Height: 31.1 inches

Wet weight(with fluids): 425.5 lbs

Displacement: 649cc

I may be a little biased, since this is my bike of choice, but the ninja is known for its great suspension and riding ease. If you’re a beginner, Kawasaki has 300/400cc versions of the ninja that are around half the weight and are incredibly easy to learn how to ride.

#3- Yamaha YZF-R3

Seat Height: 30.7 inches

Wet weight(with fluids): 368 lbs

Displacement: 321 ccc

It has updated bodywork and improved handling by far. The YZF-R3 has a smooth and useful engine. It also comes with ABS without any hike in price.

#2- Harley Davidson Street 500

Seat Height: 28.3 inches(unladen)

Wet weight(with fluids): 489 lbs

Displacement: 491.6cc

This bike is of course for all the Harley lovers. It wont carve corners like a sport bike, but the Street 500 disbands any discussion that Harleys are just straight lined kings. This is also the smallest engine that Harley Davidson has made, making it ideal for very small riders

#1-Suzuki SV650

Seat Height: 30.9 inches

Wet weight(with fluids): 434 lbs with the ABS model

Displacement: 645 cc

This bike is very nimble and can be turned into a track bike. Its clip-on bars and sport riding position mean that the SV650 can be a decent long-distance bike.