RIDING DIFFERENT BIKES. RACING SOME
There are so many bikes out there. And they are all so different! Seat height, weight and power. They are all factors to consider when it comes to choosing the right motorcycle. For some it is quite easy to pick one. You see a certain motorcycle pass you by on the roads or you see one displayed in a show room and you just know it. That’s it. That’s your bike.
For others, it’s not. Certain questions might cause worries. “How heavy would that bike be? Could I handle it?” or “What is the seat height, would I fit on that bike?”. To make it all a bit easier we’ve made an overview of several models from 2019. We’ll update this page regularly to add new bikes to it.
The seat height can be a huge factor for some. It’s not strange to be wanting to touch the ground with two feet flat. It gives you great balance. But don’t be discouraged if your dream bike demands you to tip toe. Soon enough, you’ll be a tip toe master.
It’s not all about seat height. Weight can also make a huge difference. If you can’t touch the ground with two flat feet then a bike with a lighter weight can still feel really comfortable and safe. The weight also has a huge impact on your riding.
Last but not least; power. Maybe you don’t care about the amount of racing ponies inside of your engine, but for some it can be a big deal. Maybe that 1000cc engine secretly winks at you, while everyone tells you to start with a gentle 600cc.
Don’t be too focused on seat height. Reaching the floor with both feet is convenient. We get that. But sitting on one butt cheek and reaching the ground with one foot works fine too. And will feel just as stable.
At first it might be a bit scary. ‘Cause what if you have to stop unexpected? And you put your foot in a ditch? Scary things! But trust your instinct and reactivity. It will have your back. You will see you will do just fine on a motorcycle with a higher seat height. And remember: we all topple over some day, Scared of ruining your bike? There is lots of protection available for your motorcycle. Think of frame sliders or crash bars. They look pretty sportive or chique these days!
“Motorcycling is not, of itself, dangerous. It’s however, extremely unforgiving of inattention, ignorance, incompetence, or stupidity.”
You can choose a bike with the perfect seat height, the ideal weight or your desired power. That doesn’t mean you can ride it like a loony. Motorcycling demands your attention and a certain skill. We all live and learn, so give yourself some time to get used to a bike. We all make mistakes, crashing is a part of it too. Just make sure to never overstep your bounds.
Push your limits, maybe take a little peak around the corner of that last limit. But whenever the situation asks you to take a step back, for example a heavily shaking bike, a front wheel slip or just avoided collision, please don’t be ignorant. We’d love to have you with us for a bit longer.
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