Riding a motorcycle should be fun, safe, and yes—comfortable. Experienced riders know that bikes with sagging springs might seem more comfortable until you feel yourself being jolted by every speed bump, pothole, and manhole you ride over. On the other hand, motorcycles with stiffer springs and less give can make your ride an uncomfortable experience. A lack of comfort affects handling and body positioning, two things that are vital to your safety. With that in mind, here are some suggestions for choosing a comfortable bike.
Motorcycle styles and comfort
When choosing a comfortable motorcycle, look for one with longer springs and a good suspension with compression damping. One option is a bike with electronic suspension options that you can switch between depending on the kind of riding you’re doing (e.g., “touring” for longer rides). Talk to the salesperson from whom you’re buying and ask which motorcycle model’s suspension would fit you best given your weight.
The seat should be upholstered so that it provides decent padding and is solidly attached to avoid shifting around beneath you. Check the handle grips to make sure their padding is thick and comfortable enough to hold onto during longer rides without cutting into your palms.
As for specific motorcycle styles to consider, sports bikes that aren’t structured with uprated suspension tend to be less comfortable when ridden at average rates of speed. The same can be said of “low” model cruisers with short rear springs.
However, streetfighter-style sports bikes have a more comfortable riding setup that makes a longer ride more enjoyable. And regular cruisers can be very comfortable especially on longer rides. Newer motorcycles in the 300 class are built for comfort on short and long rides.
If you’re riding your motorcycle for long distances, perhaps on a cross-country vacation, then look into touring bike options. They are built for long-distance travel comfort. Options that are a blend of a sports bike and a touring motorcycle called “sport-tourers” offer an impressive combination of power, easy handling, and style married to the comfort and convenience of a bike built for lengthy rides.
Finally, don’t forget your passenger’s comfort! If you plan to take someone else along with you on rides, you don’t want them squirming around and throwing off your balance, so choose a motorcycle that provides enough room for them to sit behind you comfortably. Look for a two-seater with a high or wraparound backrest. Many bikes only come with pegs for the passenger to rest their feet on, so try to find an option with actual footrests. Grab bars for your passenger to hang onto provide an alternative to hugging you the whole way, which could be more comfortable for you both.
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Comfort while riding a motorcycle isn’t just nice to have, it improves safety. If you are distracted by a slipping or uncomfortable seat, being jolted by poor suspension, or won’t keep your hands on uncomfortable grips, you can’t focus on the road or avoiding unexpected hazards. Choose your motorcycle wisely to keep yourself comfortable and safe even on long rides. And remember, if an automobile driver causes you to lose control and crash, call Los Angeles motorcycle crash lawyer Scott J. Corwin at 866-477-1011 for help.