Ok, here's my rant:
Being 5'2" tall, I can't adequately touch the ground on most of today's performance bikes. I KNOW I'm not the only one with this problem. My question is why don't the motorcycle manufacturers wake up and realize that there are many women (and men) out there that would like to ride a performance motorcycle, but cannot because of the seat height (without putting some height adjustment mods on the bike).
Recently at the ART course, I was surprised and pleased to see almost half the attendees were women. Talking to some of the other women in the course, they have the same problem finding a modern sportbike as I do. Makes me think of starting some kind of on-line petition (If I knew how to do it) to get the manufacturers to design/build some bikes that "we" could ride. I realize there are ways of adjusting the bike, but I don't want to modify the suspension. It seems to me that it wouldn't be too hard to design a rear sub-frame that could be adjusted to give multiple seat heights, or some other design element that would provide a lower seat height without affecting the ride quality. If they can build bikes that are less than 400lbs. and more than 120hp, then my request shouldn't be too difficult. Maybe if a whole bunch of women (and men) were to petition the "big four" to build sportbikes with lower seat heights, they might just listen. After all, the consumer drives the market!!
I would appreciate feedback on this issue, and maybe some other ideas to get the message across to the motorcycle manufacturers. Thanks,