agree on not seeing it as an obstacle..
im 5'7" and have had no problem with cbr250r
or my new cbr300r in stability or control..
if 6'7" it would just be different..
also, cbr300r has that scalloping both sides
close to the tank, which allows thighs
a steeper angle when sitting close to
the tank, for increased foot pressure etc..
they also allow a slight increase in leverage
if moving the bike forward [or even back]
using mainly leg power alone..
also when placing one foot only down
they allow the over seat let to come in
a bit closer, further extending down leg..
at first i didnt fancy the scalloping, thinking it
a visual design idea, but now realise its another
well thought out positive rider assistance
and comfort element..
remember also, regardless of basics taught at
novice riding courses, your down foot will
be effected by road camber and road surface..
if camber runs away to left [longer distance]
use right foot down.. for reverse, use left foot..
same if theres a pothole or puddle or dead cat
or anything slippery like sand or gravel
on one side, then down foot other side..
when learning the motorcycle, therefore,
practice all engine off or engine assist
manoeuvers on both sides..
same for mounting, while its usual to mount
from closest or sidestand side, sometimes
in some parks [eg, close packed motorcycles
or close to a wall on the left, as i often use]
its necessary to mount from the right..
therefore, practice this as a riding skill..
most side drops happen in the first phase of
ownership.. ditto most slow speed drops..
its not only use of clutch, throttle etc
causing this global tendency, rather
its the practice effect from mounting
and dismounting in general riding,
that adds up to brain learning dynamics
of motorcycle control, engine off..
we can, easily,, develop this basic skill..
by simply finding our own best balanced
starting point then going thru the mount,
and then repeating that, over and over..
it takes what, 5 minutes..
and yet,, is fundamentally important..
those riders snowed in or with mechanical
problems etc preventing actual riding
can still practice and develop these
basic fundamentally important skills..
for me as a traditional karateka its just another
variation of investigating a slow 'round kick' form..
the first part of raising the leg, knee bent,
before taking the mount.. free practice..
extra [free] hip joint therapy...