We’ve written about this before, but the trend seems to be strengthening. I believed from the beginning that the popularity of the Adventure Touring bikes is largely related to their bolt upright ergonomics, including plentiful leg room. The seat heights are frequently tall, but once on board the rider is in ergonomic bliss. No weight on the wrist, no cramps from legs folded like paperclips.
As Adventure Tourers continue to gain in popularity (Triumph, for instance, now has four different models in their line-up with their new Tiger Explorer 1200), we are seeing more upright ergonomics in bikes considered sport models, as well. The diagram at the top of this article was provided by Honda and represents their CBR250R, and Kawasaki now has three models, the Ninja 650, the Ninja 1000, and the ZX-14R that are modern, sportbike-style machines with upright ergos. Standards fit in this category, of course, but they lack adequate wind protection.
Hard core sportbikes are not selling as well as they did in the past. Is the trend towards more comfortable ergonomics here to stay? Is this a growing trend going forward? Do any of you prefer the extreme ergonomics of a pure sportbike for street use?