How do I know what size motorcycle to buy?

By: Alfredo B BearUpdated: April 28, 2021


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A good standard size for a beginner is 500cc to 700cc, depending on your physical size. But that engine size is plenty big enough to get you and a passenger across town or even across the country.

Just so, can a 5 foot person ride a motorcycle?

Being only five feet tall does not prevent you from safely and comfortably riding a motorcycle. If you cannot put both of your feet flat on the pavement or you have to spread your legs to clear the engine and side cases, you do not want and should not ride that bike. If you are 5′ tall, you also do not weigh too much.

Similarly, what are the different motorcycle engine sizes?

There are a number of different classes that a motorcycle engine capacity can fall into, with most falling into one of the more common types. Fifty cc, 200cc, 250cc and 1000cc are all common engine capacity sizes when it comes to motorcycles, but this does not mean that other classes are not also available.

What are the types of motorcycles?

From scooters to supermotos, here's a visual rundown of the basic types of motorcycles currently on the market.
  • Adventure Touring Bikes / Dual Sports. Buell.
  • Choppers. Big Dog.
  • Cruisers. Harley-Davidson.
  • Power Cruisers. Suzuki.
  • Dirt Bikes. Husqvarna.
  • Enduro Bikes. Kawasaki.
  • Motocross Bikes. Honda.
  • Naked Bikes. Triumph.

What motorcycle fits my height and size?

The best way to find a motorcycle that fits your height and size is by going to a dealership and trying out several models. This will allow you to get a better feel for which types of motorcycles feel the most balanced and comfortable. When sitting on the bike, you should be able to place both feet flat on the ground.


What is the best motorcycle for a beginner?

Best Sportbikes for Beginners:
  • Suzuki SV650.
  • Honda CBR 500.
  • Yamaha FZ-07.
  • Kawasaki Ninja 250.
  • Yamaha YZF-R3.

What is a standard motorcycle?

A standard or "naked" motorcycle is usually defined as combining an upright riding position, handlebar and footpegs positioned for comfort, and usually but not always without fairing or windscreen. It's also a term that is being used more and more, but most people still don't fully understand.

Can you be too tall for a motorcycle?

No, if you pick the right bike for your height and the kind of riding you want to do. Cruisers and touring bikes are a little better, but dual sport and adventure touring ones are pretty much the only option for very tall people.

What is considered heavy for a motorcycle?

You can expect an average motorcycle weight to be about 400 pounds (181 kg). Most lightweight motorcycle trailers also weigh about 300 pounds (136 kg). The average motorcycle weight with trailer is around 700 pounds (318 kg).

What is a good seat height motorcycle?

As a general rule and within bike styles, smaller engine bikes tend to be a bit shorter, but seat height varies a lot between different styles of bikes. Most cruiser motorcycles have seat heights in the range of 26-29 inches high, While standards typically range from 28-31 inches high.

How many cc do I need in a motorcycle?

Nonetheless, a good rule of thumb for all but the smallest and largest riders is that something in the 250- to 500-cc range is probably optimum for first-timers; the lower end of that range offers lower weight and seat height while the upper end boasts more power and comfort.

Are cruisers safer than sport bikes?

Obviously, the perception is that the sports bikes have a higher rate of fatality than the cruiser bikes. The last study that I could find that was done back in 2010 and it shows that sports bikes per 10,000 riders are four times more likely to get into a fatality wreck than cruiser bike riders.

How fast is a 250cc motorcycle?

Originally Answered: What is the top speed of a 250cc motorcycle? As others have written it varies, and some race specific machines have gone way over 100 mph, However street model 250s usually can not reach 100, many are limited to around 80 mph.

What is the best motorcycle?

  • Best Lightweight Streetbike of 2019: Kawasaki Z400.
  • Best Middleweight Streetbike: Triumph Street Triple R.
  • Best Open-Class Streetbike: KTM 1290 Super Duke GT.
  • Best Standard Motorcycle of 2019: Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE.
  • Best Touring Motorcycle of 2019: BMW R 1250 GS Adventure.
  • Best Superbike of 2019: Ducati V4 R.

What is the length of a motorcycle?

Generally, motorcycle parking bays are not marked out for individual machines, allowing flexible and efficient use of limited space. Motorcycles range in length from around 1900 mm for a moped to 2500 mm for a large cruiser.

Can I ride a motorcycle if I'm short?

No, not too short to ride, you'll just need to find what is comfortable/safe for you. Many ride bikes have seat heights taller than their riders inseam (off-road bikes tend to be tall for lots of people). As long as you can balance the weight of your bike on one foot or the other, it's totally doable.

Can a small person ride a big bike?

Sometimes you just can't make the best of your bike due to your physique - no matter how much you love to ride that bike. Can a small, light person handle a big motorcycle, like a Harley Davidson? Yes. Once the bike is moving, most are pretty easy to turn and handle.

Should I get a 26 or 28 inch bike?

The most important thing is to get a frame that fits you and has a comfortable geometry. If you're less than 170cm or so in height, 26" wheels might make more sense on a bike that small. In the smaller sizes it comes with 26" wheels and 28" wheels in the larger sizes.

What is a good motorcycle for a short person?

The 16 Best Motorcycles for Shorter Riders
  • Suzuki DR 200S. Price: $4,599. Seat Height: 31.9 inches.
  • Yamaha XT250. Price: $5,199.
  • Kawasaki Versys-X 300. Price: $5,399.
  • BMW G 310 GS. Price: $5,500.
  • Triumph Tiger 800 XRx Low. Price: $13,900.
  • Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special. Price: TBA.
  • BMW R NineT Scrambler. Price: $12,995.
  • Triumph Street Scrambler. Price: $10,800.