It’s one small step for Bavarian
motorcycle company, two feet flat on the ground for shortkind.
BMW Motorrad will offer extra-low seats
as options on some lines of 1200, 800, and 650 motorcycles, using
lowered chassis to get riders closer to terra firma.
It’s another move to attract new and
reborn riders to the BMW marque. “Less experienced motorcyclists and restarters often only feel safe
when stationary on their bike if both feet reach to the ground,”
the company says.
Others, of course, only feel safe when both hands can scrape the ground – but that’s what choppers are for.
Depending on the model, two options are
available for reducing seat height – a lower seat, and/or a lowered
The F800S and ST models are already
available with an altered chassis that lowers the seat by 55 mm,
while the F650GS will soon be available with a lower seat, or with a lower
seat-and-chassis package for a total drop of 55 mm. The R1200R and RT
models will be available with a standard two-position seat, the lower
seat, or the seat-chassis combo plate, bringing seat height down to
750 mm. However, for the lanky R1200GS, only the lowered-chassis option is
There – are you clear on that?
Chassis lowering is accomplished by use of shortened suspension components and altered or removed side or centre stands – and that’s a factory job, so you’re advised to measure your inseam before you order the bike.