Although factors such as style, performance, and safety are undoubtedly important when choosing a motorcycle, neglecting to account for height can lead to uncomfortable or even dangerous riding. Here’s how to make sure that the bike you choose is right for your height.
Why Is Motorcycle Fit So Important?
When it comes to riding a motorcycle, balance is crucial. Having an ill-fitting bike may cause riders to pitch forward or backward to rest their feet on the ground while breaking, which could lead to falls. Stretching too far for the hand or foot controls, or having to constantly shift around to feel comfortable on a bike can also lead to distractions and accidents.
Finding the Right Fit for Your Height
There’s simply no better way to find a motorcycle that fits than to go to a local dealership and try out several makes and models. This way, riders can feel out weight distribution from side to side and their overall comfort on a bike. This is a good time to ensure that the foot and hand controls are in comfortable reach and that it’s easy to touch the ground while sitting.
How to Make Adjustments for Shorter Riders
Motorcycles aren’t only made for taller people, and easy adjustments can be made so that shorter riders are just as comfortable. Consider choosing a bike with adaptable hand and foot controls to increase comfort and fit. Many bike seats can also be modified either by hand or with professional servicing for shorter riders.
Choosing the Best Bike Style
Fit isn’t just about height; it’s also about personal preferences and comfort. For example, cruiser motorcycles generally have lower seats, making them popular amongst new riders or long-distance riders. Sportbikes are often geared toward taller riders and are built with aerodynamics in mind. Even the type of engine a bike has matters, as some engines—such as inline fours—are wider and therefore add width to the bike. All of these factors should be taken into consideration when searching for the right fit.
The best way to check if a bike is the right fit for you is to come in and try it out yourself! If you’re interested in getting your hands on a bike, visit Town & Country Sports Center’s showroom in Cement City, MI to test our new inventory and pre-owned bikes today.