Find the Right Motorcycle
Here’s a list of details you should keep in mind when picking the best bike for your size, as well as your taste:
1. Your feet should be flat on the ground with your knees a little bent. Touching the ground on tippy-toe won’t work, because you can’t balance the bike properly. To lower your chances of dropping the bike, you should be able to “duck walk” comfortably. That means reaching each foot flat on the ground, and alternating feet as you walk your bike forward. This looks a little like the waddle of a duck - hence the name, "duck walk!"
2. The controls and pegs, or footboards, should be easy for to reach. They should feel comfortable. This is one of the reasons that test-riding a motorcycle is so important! There are always some things that you just can’t get a feel for until you’re rolling.
3. Handlebars should also be comfortable and easy to reach. You don’t want to stretch to reach them. If the handlebars are apes, the grips should never be higher than your shoulders. This is a good rule of thumb to determine whether or not the handlebars legal. You do have a little wiggle-room with many different styles of handlebars, because they typically adjust to accommodate your arm length.
4. The seat should be comfortable. If it seems too hard, too wide, too narrow, or too “anything” when you sit on it, magnify that discomfort by about 100. That’s what it will feel like after riding for 10 miles, so get one that fits perfectly.
5. Try going to 4 or 5 different bike shops and sitting on different bikes. When first figuring out how to pick the right motorcycle, this may seem like a waste of time. However – the valuable information you will learn can surprise you. This is a great way to get a handle on what you like, what you don’t like, and what you need for your motorcycle. You may love the look of that mustang seat from a distance, but the only way to know if you’re going to love riding on it is to try it out. Plus, you’ll want to shop around for the best prices and the most knowledgeable shop anyway.
Staying Safe on your Motorcycle
We hope these tips help you find the right motorcycle for your height and body style. Comfort is an important part of safety on the road, and knowing how to pick the right motorcycle will ensure your comfort for many years to come. Good luck on your search – and happy riding!
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