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Giovanni

Is there anyone here that's 5'5 and tell me if I will be able to flat foot a 2016 07? I'm buying on next week and believe me I know I should be interested in other things about the bike. But being able to put my feet down is definitely a selling point for me fo daily city commute 

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Benh972

Do you know your inseam? I am 4 inches taller than would be useful to you, but my inseam is only 30 inches. 

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phanomenal07

I'm. Also 5'9. 31 inch inseam. I can flat foot when the rear preload is stock. I weigh 180

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traast

I'm exactly 5'5. Tippy toeing even with only one foot down.

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njdevils1990

I'm 5'10" (177cm) with a 32" (81cm) inseam and I have 0 issue flat footing the bike. I prefer to rest on my left foot and have my right one on the break so it's pretty irrelevant for me.

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rich01760

I'm 5'6" with short legs, about a 29" inseam.  I get both balls of my feet down but still a good 2 or 3 inches from being able to flat foot. I wear tactical boots with a thick sole to give me a bit more reach. It's not too much of a problem except on uneven terrain. 

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Giovanni
12 hours ago, Benh972 said:

Do you know your inseam? I am 4 inches taller than would be useful to you, but my inseam is only 30 inches. 

28.5 inches 

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Benh972

Completely flat footing maybe an issue. With my 30 inch inseam I can flat foot the bike pretty easy wearing boots. I just tried sitting on the bike bare foot, I can still flat foot with some effort but its more comfy with my heels slightly off the ground.

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norcal616

You can always put the left foot down and use the right foot to hold the brake so you can give your arms a break, strech out a bit, etc... Like pictured below... 

 

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robbo10

The narrowness of the front of the seat does gives the legs a better chance of reaching the ground. 

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traast
2 hours ago, robbo10 said:

The narrowness of the front of the seat does gives the legs a better chance of reaching the ground. 

When you're short, the foot pegs goes straight into the leg which takes away a lot of reach. Seat width doesn't really matter because of that.

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SkH

I'm 5'6" but my inseam is between 28 and 29 inches so I assume it is the same as you 28.5".

 

You will never flat foot any motorcycle unless it is a cruiser.

 

I also own an R3 which has a 1 inch lower seat height.  I cannot flat foot that bike either.

 

Now that I got that out of the way, a few things.  This was my very first bike.   Purchased it like 2-3 months after it was newly released back in 2014, never dropped the bike once.  People seem to put way too much stock into flat footing (both feet down).  Not only is it not necessary, it is full-blown, 1000% not necessary. 

 

Out of the gate, I did one feet down (I didn't "learn", it was just instinctual) and that was it.  Never looked back.  Never gave it a thought.  If you start your newbie bike riding with one foot down, it will be normal, and that is that, you will never think about it again.

 

My 5'3" wife learned to ride 6 months after me, we bought the R3 for her, showed her one foot down.  And once again that was it.  She's been riding 4 years now, always with one feet down.  She also rides my FZ07 now in the past 2 years or so.

 

It should also be noted, I weigh only 117 lbs, I also own a z1000 which weighs 485 lbs and has 1 inch higher seat than the FZ07.  Never had an issue with that bike either.  I also demo'd a 2017 R6.  No problems.  One foot down baby!

 

Now, don't get me wrong... there will be emergency braking situations where you will end up putting both feet down to stabilize.  Tippy toes will be just fine for that.

 

 

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208MT07

I'm 5' 6", not sure on inseam, but the best I can do is one foot flat or the balls of both. I was honestly worried about not being able to flat foot at first but these bikes are so light it's really not a problem.

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cornerslider
1 hour ago, SkH said:

I'm 5'6" but my inseam is between 28 and 29 inches so I assume it is the same as you 28.5".

 

You will never flat foot any motorcycle unless it is a cruiser.

 

I also own an R3 which has a 1 inch lower seat height.  I cannot flat foot that bike either.

 

Now that I got that out of the way, a few things.  This was my very first bike.   Purchased it like 2-3 months after it was newly released back in 2014, never dropped the bike once.  People seem to put way too much stock into flat footing (both feet down).  Not only is it not necessary, it is full-blown, 1000% not necessary. 

 

Out of the gate, I did one feet down (I didn't "learn", it was just instinctual) and that was it.  Never looked back.  Never gave it a thought.  If you start your newbie bike riding with one foot down, it will be normal, and that is that, you will never think about it again.

 

My 5'3" wife learned to ride 6 months after me, we bought the R3 for her, showed her one foot down.  And once again that was it.  She's been riding 4 years now, always with one feet down.  She also rides my FZ07 now in the past 2 years or so.

 

It should also be noted, I weigh only 117 lbs, I also own a z1000 which weighs 485 lbs and has 1 inch higher seat than the FZ07.  Never had an issue with that bike either.  I also demo'd a 2017 R6.  No problems.  One foot down baby!

 

Now, don't get me wrong... there will be emergency braking situations where you will end up putting both feet down to stabilize.  Tippy toes will be just fine for that.

 

 

+1 on everything here..... I'm 5'-6", and I've  been riding a wide variety of bikes my whole life. The only bike I've owned that I could touch flat footed is my 2005 Honda VTX1800F (which I still have). FYI: There is a very successful racer in the the "Isle of Man" ever year, that can't touch the ground at all when he's on the bike. He's just a tiny/lightweight guy that races a Honda CBR1000R- and rides it VERY well!!! I wouldn't overthink the flat footed idea.

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DewMan
1 hour ago, cornerslider said:

+1 on everything here..... I'm 5'-6", and I've  been riding a wide variety of bikes my whole life. The only bike I've owned that I could touch flat footed is my 2005 Honda VTX1800F (which I still have). FYI: There is a very successful racer in the the "Isle of Man" ever year, that can't touch the ground at all when he's on the bike. He's just a tiny/lightweight guy that races a Honda CBR1000R- and rides it VERY well!!! I wouldn't overthink the flat footed idea.

I agree with what you're saying but a racer doesn't have to stop for traffic lights or worry about backing up down off the curbed driveway while duck walking during a race. 😀 

 

I'm tall enough to flat foot easily on the 07 but I understand the issues  of not being able to be sure footed in all situations as much as someone would like. ✌️

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Giovanni
2 hours ago, DewMan said:

I agree with what you're saying but a racer doesn't have to stop for traffic lights or worry about backing up down off the curbed driveway while duck walking during a race. <img src="> 

 

I'm tall enough to flat foot easily on the 07 but I understand the issues  of not being able to be sure footed in all situations as much as someone would like. <img src=">

I appreciate everyone's input but you're the only one that seems to get me. Ofcourse I can one foot it. Ofcourse I can ball on both feet. I'm looking for the day to day comfort and confidence. I have a drz 400 and when I stop at lights I have to slide on to my thigh to be able to put my foot all the way down. It's just not practical. Yeah once you're on the bike height doesn't matter. But again. It's the daily comfort I'm after. After all if you can flat both feet your chances of dropping the bike come down drastically 

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kylerhsm

Yamahas in general are tall. I'm 173cm and my XSR900 was stupid tall at 840mm. Not practical for day to day riding as you've said, and backing in and out of spaces especially if slightly uphill was difficult. My R3 was much easier, but still kind of tall for a learner bike. The MT07 is taller again than the R3. It's just Yamahas in general, taller than they need to be really. I recently (just sold) a VT250 Spada, which is an absolute ripper of a v-twin naked from the late 80's of which I've now owned 3 all up. It has a 740mm seat height, and was the easiest commuter I've owned and a blast in the hills too. On top of that, it's seat was all day comfy and looked greatI.  think these days it's more about companies building a bike and cramming what they can into a frame without as much concern on the ergos. The seat placement and design seems to be on the bottom of the priority list with looking good being more important than comfort or being ergonomically accessible. Anyway, being 5 5 I think it's just something that you'll have to learn to live with. Either that or find a similar bike from another manufacturer that has a lower seat height, or just lower the MT07.

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traast

I totally understand your points when it comes to comfort. It's not comfortable to have to move your butt around and stretch every muscle in the feet and legs to get enough reach, this especially comes into play in cities and high traffic. I'd lower it if I were driving in those conditions a lot.

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robbo10

Isn't it about time all bikes had adjustable ergos?

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timjh
2 hours ago, robbo10 said:

Isn't it about time all bikes had adjustable ergos?

The preload IS adjustable on our bikes, so seat height can be modified a bit.

 

I'm 5'6"/150# with an inseam of about 30".  Flat foot no problem compared with the Triumph Scrambler that was my first bike.  Big reason is that the front of the seat is quite narrow, so you get full advantage of whatever leg length you bring.

 

And, as noted, light weight makes it all less important.

 

There's no substitute for trying the bike on for yourself.

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duenan

Well, so

9 hours ago, Giovanni said:

I appreciate everyone's input but you're the only one that seems to get me. Ofcourse I can one foot it. Ofcourse I can ball on both feet. I'm looking for the day to day comfort and confidence. I have a drz 400 and when I stop at lights I have to slide on to my thigh to be able to put my foot all the way down. It's just not practical. Yeah once you're on the bike height doesn't matter. But again. It's the daily comfort I'm after. After all if you can flat both feet your chances of dropping the bike come down drastically 

Well, sorry to tell you, due to your self-enforced limitations, you only have two options.  Get a cruiser or lower a bike.  Very limiting way to live a life if you ask me.

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shinyribs

I'm 6'2" with a 32" inseam. I can't flat foot any of my dirt bikes or dual sports. It's not needed. Even though I'm more on the tall side, I only put one foot down at stops since that's what I'm used to from riding dirt bikes. When I was 13 and riding full sized dirt bikes I suppose it was tip toes for me, but I don't really remember. Just do whatever is needed to ride. 

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Giovanni
2 hours ago, duenan said:

Well, so

Well, sorry to tell you, due to your self-enforced limitations, you only have two options.  Get a cruiser or lower a bike.  Very limiting way to live a life if you ask me.

Hahaha like I had any say in the matter. Talk to my mom about that. She handles genetic customer service 

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lilneddy

I’m on the short side too. Been riding bikes for a couple decades. Don’t let anyone tell you that its not really important to be able to at least use the balls of both feet to back into/out of a spot. You should never limit yourself to a specific type of bike, but you do have to research your options. 

 

Comfort at lights and parking DOES matter. It is not a limitation you are putting on yourself. Options are plenty; shaved seat, cruzer, lowered rear and ft suspension, tall boots. 

 

I’ve been using all these options to different degrees to get the most out of every bike I like.

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duenan
On 1/27/2019 at 12:17 PM, Giovanni said:

Hahaha like I had any say in the matter. Talk to my mom about that. She handles genetic customer service 

 

Referring to your reluctance to just use one foot down and wanting both feet flat footed.  That is something you are imposing on yourself and thus greatly limiting yourself.

 

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