Thank you to Marcus for writing this great article that was in our very first issue of American Woman Riders. It was time to share it again. Lots of great information in it.
There are a lot of motorcycles out there! There are high-tech newer models and simple low-tech vintage bikes. There are V-twin cruisers, in-line 4 cylinder sport bikes, touring bikes, adventure touring, dual sport, off-road, street fighters, well you get the picture. There are a lot of motorcycles out there. And, as some folks say in the motorcycle industry, “There’s an a*s for every seat.” With all that being said, there are so many bikes because there are so many different riders with different expectations from their bikes. (Oh yeah, there are different skill levels too!)
When looking for a bike that “fits” perfectly there are several things to consider. Most importantly does the bike feel good when you are sitting on it? Does it feel comfortable for the type of riding you will be doing? Do you think you could ride that bike for an hour or more and be comfortable doing so? Some of us are lucky enough to find that perfect bike sitting in a showroom or elsewhere that does not need any adjustments, or just minor ones. It “fits” perfectly! Some of us aren’t that lucky though. So, if you find a bike that you really like but it does not “fit”, what can you do? There are three major components that can be changed on most bikes. The seating position, the foot position, and the handlebars. Changing one or all three of these components will not come without a monetary expense though. What’s a little extra dough to get that perfect “fit” on your bike? Priceless, right? I hope you think that way too. After all, when out burning up the roads you definitely want to be comfortable on your machine.
I could go into greater detail describing how to make a motorcycle “fit” but I don’t think this publication would want me to take up that much space. The thing to do is to just get out there and sit on some bikes and start talking to the people that ride, and talk to the people that work at the local dealerships. Most people want to talk about their bikes and share their knowledge and experiences. The ultimate goal we all share as bikers is to have that perfect ride. A comfortable bike, a beautiful day, and perfect conditions are what we all want to experience on our ride. Whether it is a short commute to work or an all day trip, that is what we all want. So keep in mind, there are a lot of bikes out there and one size does not fit all!
If you have any questions don’t hesitate to give me a call at 505-471-3808. www.santafeharley.com
Marcus Stender Business Manager, Santa Fe Harley-Davidson®
Safe Rides Always and Remember To Find Joy In Your Journey!
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