Thanks for the run-down Daboo. You definitely make some good points - especially the one regarding the narrow seat. The 250 Ninja I had after my first 400 had a listed seat height of 29 1/2 but I was practically flat-footed on it with my 26" inseam due to its narrow frame. I was also able to flatfoot my 05 400 (with boots of course), but it appears Suzuki widened the bottom front of the seat on the 2009 and up models, so even with boots, I can only get about 3/4 of the way down. Unfortunately, the way the seat is built, Cary said there is not enough extra foam to remove to get me closer to the ground - it would leave my legs pressing into the plastic frame which would not be comfortable! But I agree, flatfooting is not a requirement, especially with a foot brake. The only time I wish I could get both down is when needing to back up the Burgie - as it is, I cannot get enough leverage and end up just walking it to turn it if needed. Our temporary house has a single car garage at the top of an inclined driveway, so I have to drive into the garage and then walk the bike around to face the door since I cannot back down the driveway due to a very low spot where it meets the road.
You are also correct that you never know whether a bike will work for you until you sit on it yourself. I have looked at some cruisers online before with a very low seat height and thought they would fit me fine. But as soon as I hopped on, it became apparent that because of the width of the machine, my legs were pretty much useless to either reach the pegs or the ground. :lol: