How many times have you ridden a motorcycle and felt uncomfortable in the saddle?
Too high, too low, inability to have good ground contact are common situations. There are many reasons why a motorcycle may not be right for you.
Riding a motorcycle safely is also about comfort and feeling, and the absence of these key elements is confusing. To ensure you have the best possible experience with your next motorcycle, you should first identify the one that’s the perfect fit for you.
Choosing a motorcycle that’s right for you
The basis for choosing the right motorcycle for your size is to visit a motorcycle dealer and try out several models. This will give you an idea of the weight distribution from side to side and the overall feeling you get from the bike.
You will be able to check the distance between the seat and the foot and hand controls. You’ll also be able to check how easy it is to reach the ground. The measurements given for seat height are a good indicator for comparing motorcycles of a particular type. You can consider its measurements in relation to your crotch and get an estimate of the size of the motorcycle in the standing position.
Simply enter your template data and choose the templates you wish to check. This will give you a good head start on the models you want to try first.
The dangers of an unsuitable motorcycle
When driving a two-wheeler, the question of balance is obviously essential. Standing on tiptoes in a standing position offers little balance. Trying to stop and hold a motorcycle on your toes is very dangerous.
Never buy a motorcycle on which you cannot sit with both feet flat on the ground. Riding when you cannot reach the controls is another hazard alert when choosing your motorcycle. If you have to stretch too far to reach the controls, if you are not sitting comfortably, there is no reason to hesitate, the motorcycle (no matter how beautiful it is) is not for you.
Everyone has their own vision of the perfect motorcycle. Fast, comfortable, versatile. To give you an idea of the different “typologies” of motorcycles, we’ve classified them a little to give you some information to help you identify the type of two-wheeler that’s best for you.
Cruisers generally have fairly low stools. It is more often said that you sit in a cruiser rather than ride a cruiser. This makes it a very popular option for new riders, and they come in many models, from the simplest to the most complex.
These cars are designed to be hyper aerodynamic and allow high bank angles in the corners. This means that the smallest bikers will be on tiptoes trying to reach the ground.
Ces motos de tourisme sont pour beaucoup les plus confortables de l’univers moto. Conçues pour rouler longtemps avec tout le confort, elles ont aussi tendance à être les plus lourdes. Elles peuvent varier légèrement d’une marque à l’autre. On trouve parmi les routières une sorte de catégorie mi-routière mi-sportive qui paye le prix d’un style plus sportif par une perte de confort.
Choisir un roadster est un must si vous êtes à la recherche d’une moto vraiment versatile. Ces deux roues s’adaptent partout. Les roadsters offrent des modèles très différents qu’il s’agisse des dimensions de la moto ou de la puissance des moteurs. Si vous appréciez le style roadster en général vous aurez toutes les chances de trouver une moto qui vous convient à la perfection.
The adventure bikes (you can also hear about Dual-Sport) can do everything, more than versatile it really is an all-terrain bike. If you intend to swallow miles of highway or trails, this may be the bike you need.
Be aware that the saddle is usually quite high because of the ground clearance of these bikes, so be sure to try it a good ten times before making your purchase.
Other recommendations for choosing your bike…
The engine power does not always match the actual capabilities of the motorcycle. A 600cc engine on a roadster is not like a 600cc engine on a race bike of course. The real power can be reduced by half.
Make sure you take stock of what you expect from your next bike and let your real needs guide you. If for you the motorcycle is just a means of transport to avoid traffic jams, it may not be wise to buy a large displacement motorcycle.
If you are a young rider, i.e. if you have recently obtained your motorcycle licence or if you have little experience of two-wheeled vehicles, avoid an indomitable motorcycle even if you are dying for the thrill of speed. It’s a safety issue first and foremost, but it’s also an economical choice.
Although this article does not focus on the budget related to the purchase of a motorcycle, once you have acquired your two-wheeler you will also have to register it and above all take out compulsory motorcycle insurance, except for young drivers and large engine cars, which do not fit well on the price scale.
Adjusting your new bike
If you’ve had a crush but the bike doesn’t quite fit you yet, you still have some cards to play…
Adjust the suspensions. Off-road and motocross motorcycles have some of the highest seat heights to allow more suspension travel. You might think they would be too high for smaller riders.
The softer suspension of these bikes also means that they are more sensitive under the rider’s weight, and also have fairly narrow seats, so it can be surprisingly easy to reach the ground on an off-road motorcycle, even if it feels high.
If you’re just riding on the street, you may be able to replace the suspension or add a modified suspension system to lower or raise the motorcycle to best fit your height.
Replace the seat. A simple way to change the fit of a motorcycle is to simply change the seat. This works well for large touring bikes or cruisers, where standard seats may have a lot of padding.
A less padded seat can make a big difference in height and reach on the ground, but distance to the controls is a fundamental element of comfort.
Buying a motorcycle is not a trivial act, it’s a difficult choice and we can only advise you to take your time. In any case, it’s normal to try a lot of motorcycles before finding your own.