This is a link to a nice summary of seat heights for the current models; They are listed from shortest to tallest. Not to stereotype, but us girls do tend to be shorter than the mens.... And I for one like to touch more than just my tippy toes when I come up to a stop light.
my b/f has a 600rr, im glad i read that b4 trying to ride his bike so high..im too short
Note: we did find an error in the Kawasaki stats. The Z750s has a seat height of 31.5, not 32.5 It is technically a lower ride than the SV650S. The official kawasaki website is WRONG. We (GR_Z750s_rider and me) checked his Z750 forum, and measured our bikes.
And keep in mind some of these bikes (SV650) do have OEM lower seats than can be ordered through the dealer. As well as other options. A little to tall can be delt with if it's the bike you can afford.
This thread helped me find my new bike. On that list was a Buell Blast which I had never heard of, so I looked it up. Nice bike, only available at one dealer in my city, and when I called them last night, they had one from 2000 that they were selling. It is now mine, I am leaving momentarily to pick it up from the dealer. Thank you for posting this list
A more robust method was developed by Hamley & Thomas in a 1967 paper. They experimented with different saddle heights and found that the ideal was achieved when the saddle was positioned at 109% of your inseam length when measuring from the pedal axle to the top of the seat height.
Your inseam measurement is basically the length from your crotch to the floor. To calculate this, face a wall and put a thick-ish book between your legs as if it were a saddle. Ensuring that you are standing straight with your heels on the floor, mark a line along the top of the book edge touching the wall.
The distance from the floor to the height of the mark is your inseam measurement. Itís best to measure it several times and take an average.
This has proved an extremely popular method and is recommended by many top-level coaches. Yet a recent study by Professor Pelever found that it was inferior to the Holmes method (see below) both in terms of power output and economy.