Tall riders usually find spacious ergonomics, high seat height, and vertical riding positions on motorcycles. Some of the best motorcycles for long rides include the BMW R 1250 GS, BMW F900XR, Ducati Multistrada V4, Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250, and the Triumph Scrambler 1200.
Finding a bike that fits their long limbs can be difficult for riders taller than six feet. Most motorcycles are manufactured and sized to fit between 5’7″ and 5’11” riders.
Avoid paying too much attention to the height of the seat. The most critical measurement is the distance between the seat and the footpeg, followed by the reach and height of the bar.
Go out and test the bike you’re interested in to see what works for you. You may wonder what works and what doesn’t because we are all flexible in different ways. Next, you will find the five best motorcycles for tall riders.
Best Motorcycles for Taller Riders
1. BMW F900XR
The BMW F 900 XR may initially seem too long for some riders. However, closer examination shows that the bike can support riders of different sizes. Although an extra-high seat option is available for taller riders, the average seat height is 32.5 inches.
The Low Seat option reduces the seat height to 31.3 inches for those on the shorter side. Additionally, the low suspension option reduces the seat height to 30.5 inches for those who prefer an even lower seat height. You can find a comfortable riding position on the XR regardless of height.
2. BMW R 1250 GS Adventure
The BMW R 1250 GS is a big bike, which makes it challenging to climb stops and stand up straight without long legs. Even younger riders can find a comfortable posture thanks to the adjustable seat height. Riders can also choose how much air they want to let in by adjusting the windscreen.
The BMW R 1250 GS handlebars are suitable for riding on and off-road, and the bike is very comfortable. In GSA’s 2019 evaluation, a test rider with a 32-inch beam found that the rider could stop flat-footed even in the lowest seat position. To further personalize the ergonomics and proportions, the BMW accessories catalog now offers a variety of rider seats, footpegs, and handlebar risers.
3. Ducati Multistrada V4
There are several models of Ducati Multistrada V4, each with a different seat height. For example, the Pikes Peak model offers a more aggressive riding position with taller pegs and thinner handlebars. However, Adam Waheed, senior editor at Motorcyclist, prefers the generic Multistrada V4 S, with lower pegs and a broader handlebar. He believes the Pikes Peak machine’s ergonomics are excessive for the general riding posture of the Multi, which is already aggressive.
4. Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250
Adventure motorcycles are becoming increasingly popular, and Harley-Pan Davidson’s America is one of the best models in this category. One of its highlights is Pan America’s Adaptive Ride Height Suspension System. By automatically adjusting the ride height of the motorcycle, this device makes it easy to mount and take off the vehicle for riders of different sizes.
Achieving a comfortable riding position is easy as the windscreen can also move. The Pan America is an excellent option for many riders, with a low seat height of 32.7 inches and a high seat height of 33.7 inches.
5. Triumph Scrambler 1200
The Triumph Scrambler 1200 offers a comfortable and spacious riding position. It has plenty of legroom as both the tank and seat are narrow. Both standing and seated riding positions make it easy to reach the bar. The reported seat height is insignificant because your feet always touch the ground. A person with a 31-inch beam and a height of 5-foot-10.5 is more on his toes, but if you start out riding a dirt bike, you’ll find this reach comfortably.