When you first think about riding a motorcycle, something triggers that interest. For some people this interest prompts words like exciting, thrilling, freedom, powerful machines and similar words. Riders generally find, soon after riding their bike that these words might have triggered an interest but they do no justice in describing the experience.
Throw you leg across the bike and settle into the saddle. Touch the starter and feel the throb of the engine fire up in response to slight throttle adjustments. At that moment, you start to notice the first reality of riding your motorcycle. All the words mentioned above roll up onto a small bundle as you begin to experience, to see this exciting adventure.
Before we get to the streets, let us back up for a minute. Often people ask What Size Bike Should I Get, the correct size, style, type of motorcycle they as a new rider should buy. The answer is a varied as the people asking the question. There are some guidelines but your choice should come from a person, a dealer who can look at your physical size, weight, age to help you make the choice. It is a personal decision as much as anything in your life.
If you elect to obtain training from an organization dedicated to training new riders you will often find they provide small motorcycles, light in weight, low seat heights so newbie’s are more comfortable. We want something that is not frightening when we start to ride, something we feel we can control. The small size bike helps reach that comfort level.
You will also find one of the first things you do is “paddle walk” the bike. You sit in the seat and move by walking the bike forward, backward just to see how it feels. Seat height is important to allow your feet comfortably to reach the ground.
Next, your training partner will get behind you; push you forward as you move your feet from the ground to the pegs to get a feel of the bike under some type of power. Maybe partner power is not much but it does move you and provides a first feel of movement on a motorcycle that you do not provide. You will do this for a while.
These motorcycle choices provide insight into what many training organizations find workable for most new riders. While motorcycle size and weight might be your first concerns of this choice, the reality is the seat height is more important. If your motorcycle seat does not provide a comfortable reach to the ground, you will find learning more difficult.
Experience riders slid to one side or the other to extend their inseam reach. While that works it is not something a new rider should have to handle. It also can create some problems if you slide to a side, extend your leg onto level ground and it actually is a recessed hole. You will find the bike leaning at an angle beyond your ability to recover. The only choice is to lay it down and using lifting techniques, maybe help from others place it back on its wheels.
For most people finding a motorcycle they like combines appearance, size, weight, and lastly seat height. The sequence of choice should start with seat height to find a bike that feels good when you sit in the saddle. While size and weight do matter, starting with a good foundation for your ride is a key concern.
Weight and size can be a concern on long rides as moving the heavier bikes can be tiring however once you are riding all bikes feel lighter. Few people can hold up a bike regardless of the weight if it gets tilted over 10 degrees from center while standing still. If sliding to the side of the seat is necessary to reach the ground this problem compounds.