Thanks to my inseam, for the most part, I can ride any bike. Some with more comfort than others but the possibility is usually there. Though it’s not really the riding but rather the stopping where things can get weird. It is true that I do often tippy-toe. Over time I’ve developed varying degrees of comfort with that depending on the bike. Weight, the center of gravity, width of the tank – all of that stuff plays in.
I’ve tried to convey to my tall drink o’ water husband what a relief it is to be able to wheel around something low-slung like the Bonneville. Things like:
- Being able to pull over on any roadside without fear of toppling over because you don’t have good footing is a joy.
- Being able to get on or off of it without calculation.
- NOT having to think about where to park.
- Putting both feet completely on the ground… at the same time!
Though compensating for your lack of stature becomes second nature, when you don’t have to do it you become acutely aware of how wonderful that is.
Low and slow is the way to go! (for now 😉 )