Are Italians really shorter? Compared to other Europeans, yes.
European men average 5 feet, 10 inches, and in most countries,
5 feet, 11 inches, whereas the average Italian is 5-foot- 9. So, this
makes one wonder, which market did TM build its bikes for? The
taller European market, or is the TM the perfect height for an
Italian, which should be the perfect size for an American?
Maybe KTM’s history can help us figure this out. The average
Austrian male is 5-foot- 11. Through the years the American consensus was that KTMs just didn’t feel right. Most wanted them to
feel more like a Japanese-made bike. And, that was KTM’s goal—to
make its KTMs feel like Japanese bikes, because that was what
the American market wanted. They did just that, eventually surpassing the popularity of all the Japanese brands.