Riding Motorcycles with Shorter Inseams Just Got Easier
For riders with shorter inseams, the struggle of finding a suitable motorcycle can be challenging. Most solutions involve compromises, such as uncomfortable seating or compromised ride quality. However, Triumph Motorcycles has introduced a new feature called Active Preload Reduction for its Tiger 1200 line, which aims to address this issue.
The Active Preload Reduction feature lowers the resting seat height by reducing the rear suspension preload as the Tiger 1200 slows down. While it may not benefit all riders, it provides a greater range of riders with the opportunity to ride Tiger 1200s with more confidence and safety. By allowing riders to have a more solid footing on the ground, it enhances the overall riding experience.
The Active Preload Reduction update for the Showa semi-active suspension across the Tiger 1200 lineup reduces the ride height by 20 millimeters (0.8 inches). This reduction can make a significant difference for riders with shorter inseams. The Tiger 1200 GT range has seat settings of either 33.46 inches or 34.52 inches, while the Tiger 1200 Rally models have stock seat heights of 34.44 inches and 35.23 inches. An accessory low seat option is also available for further height reduction.
Triumph is making this new feature available across the existing Tiger 1200 range. It can be accessed via the right-hand switch cube and will come standard on all Tiger 1200 models. Existing Tiger 1200 owners can receive this feature as a simple software update from Triumph.
Triumph Motorcycles chief product officer Steve Sargent expressed excitement about the new feature, stating that it makes the Tiger 1200 even more accessible and offers riders more confidence and better contact with the ground at slower speeds.
This news is particularly encouraging for short riders who often face height-related obstacles and compromises when choosing a motorcycle. By increasing accessibility for riders of all heights, motorcycle manufacturers can attract new riders and contribute to the growth of the sport.