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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-31-2009, 09:47 PM Thread Starter
 
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What size bike?

I would like your opinions on how a rider judges what size bike they should have.
I have been told that if you cant pick it up, then you are not big enough for that bike. Now that said, how many people can pick up a 1500 cc 1000LBS machine?
Whats the deciding factors? If i was to get more comfartable what size should i be allowed?
5'8 180 LBS
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I would say you need to be comfortable on the bike, how do your feet fit or do they reach the ground?
How long are your arms and how do they reach the bars.
I would not worry about if you can pick up the bike or not.
There are alot of people who would have trouble picking up the 750.

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Thankyou spinner, that was a great reply, i agree, i can barely pick mine up, it's a real back breaker, she hasent been down lately though, i'm better on gravel roads now, LOL.
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I would like your opinions on how a rider judges what size bike they should have.
I have been told that if you cant pick it up, then you are not big enough for that bike. Now that said, how many people can pick up a 1500 cc 1000LBS machine?
Whats the deciding factors? If i was to get more comfartable what size should i be allowed?
5'8 180 LBS
There is a video on youtube, I believe, that shows how to pick up your bike by backing up to it, gripping the bottom edge of the seat and tank with both hands and lifting with your legs. If I can find it, I will come back and post a link.

I agree with Ccspiner, that your comfort, and ability to reach the ground and the controls are the deciding factors in choosing the right sized bike for you.

Almost two years ago,there was a a small lady rider with a brand new Suzuki 800 and a freshly minted mc endorsement on her drivers licence, practicing slow speed riding on the church parking lot. She got the front end crossed up when she stopped, and and only avoided dropping it when I was able to reach her in time to help stand it back up. I guess she was about 5'-5'2" and not much more than a #100. She is a full time soldier and appeared to be in good physical condition, but had a hard time gaining enough leverage while sitting on the bike to push it back up with her legs. If she had enough upper body strength to push the handlebars back straight, I think she could have saved the bike from a fall by herself. If you are unsure of your ability to recover from a similar incident, you may want to practice it a few times with the bike sitting on grass, and a spotter on hand to help if needed.

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You be the judge.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6933-...ext=1&index=12

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I think too many people place way too much emphasis on engine size. I can't tell you how the "average" person decides on engine size preference. I think a lot may be influence by those around them, prior experience with a specific bike, etc. For me it was a matter of convenience more than anything. I got a Vulcan 750 as a cruiser for riding 2 up with the wife. Ended up being the wrong fit. Got a V-Star 650 (mostly by accident) and it fits fine and has plenty of punch. I never really allowed CC to be part of the decision making process other than I knew I wanted 500cc or more, because if a 250 can handle 2 up then 500 or more should do it no sweat and have leftover power.

Figure out what your primary riding goal is (commute, weekend fun, touring, etc.) and then look around for the various bikes that are best suited for that purpose, then go try them on. Try not to focus on engine size unless there is a specific one that you know for a fact you should avoid or there is a certain one that is prime cause the OEM did it right with that engine.

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i am 5'11", and weigh 170.. I have no problem picking up the bike.. I have had it fall off the stand and by straddling it, I have picked it up without a whole lot of work. BUT, my buddy who rides a 454 who is the same size has a hard time picking up his, but he is too big for the bike.....

It's easy to ride a bike once it's going.. it's hell for a noob to try to pull into a parking lot and remember the gears and clutch and throttle and slow turns trying to park in a tight spot (especially if people are watching, I fell for that one at church last summer)... If someone can ride around in a small parking lot, stop and go, and make tight left and right hand turns, then the bike is the right size. I know that the motorcycle cops need another person to pick up their bikes, but look at how they handle them...

I think to judge proper size, it should be based on the ability to handle a bike at slow speeds, not picking it up...

or that's the logic of a sober 20 year old at 3am, who should be sleeping...

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Let's include the vanity factor. One of the guys I work with bought a 1600 because anything smaller would make him look like Porky Pig on a mini bike.

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lol.. the guy I bought my bike from was about 5'5" and 180-- he bought a Yamaha 1600 I think... that had to look interesting going down the road.. he had a hard time moving it out of the garage to get at mine...

vanity factor is definitely a part.. on both sides...

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Lower center of gravity helps about getting a bike up as well as the handleing dosen't it....????
A lot of bikes are a bit top heavier than others which hurts the handleing and the pick up factor I think...
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