Picking a Motorcycle That Is Right for You
Picking a motorcycle that is right for you is crucial to connecting with your bike and wanting to ride it every chance you get. This means finding one that not only fits your style but also your body type, riding preferences, and budget. Skim through some of the articles we have published to help our customers find their next perfect Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Want personalized help? Schedule an appointment with a Product Specialist today.
Swing your leg over ANY motorcycle for the first time and it will feel overwhelming. This is true if you are short or tall. Participating in professional cycling or being able to drive a stick shift offers no comfort. The more time in the seat, the more experience you have... these are the things that separate new riders from those that pull a motorcycle up off the kickstand with confidence. Time, ambition and patience builds this confidence. That being said there are some things to consider when picking out your first motorcycle.
Sitting on a motorcycle do you feel scrunched up? Are your knees and elbows all bent. There are specific challenges of feeling comfortable on a motorcycle as a "tall" rider. Just because you can touch the ground comfortably doesn't mean every motorcycle fits you. Short riders get most of the attention on fit but tall riders need a good fitting bike as well! Don't worry. There are solutions.
Best Harley for Short Riders
Let’s talk about the challenges of feeling comfortable on a motorcycle as a “short” rider. It can be frustrating going bike shopping, just to find out that your toes barely touch the floor on just about every motorcycle you sit on. You’re wondering if you’ll ever find the right fit. Don’t worry. There are solutions.
Your new Harley-Davidson can be customized to fit you. However, two of the main factors that will help you feel comfortable on your new bike can’t be bought. They are experience and confidence. These will develop over time as you become a skilled rider. However, if you feel you need more to help you get riding there are some solutions.
The Oakland Harley-Davidson Test Ride Experience
So you’re ready to try out some Harley-Davidson® motorcycles. What’s next? Here at Oakland Harley-Davidson we pride ourselves on our friendly staff and motorcycle expertise. We will make your test ride easy and fun.
First step is to contact us to schedule your test ride. Upon your arrival one of our amazing Product Specialists will dedicate one-on-one time to you and introduce you to the motorcycle/s you are interested in.
When you are ready, we will gather a few bits of information prior to the test ride and then make sure the bike is set to your specs. We will set suspension based on your weight to ensure you have the best experience customized to fit you and your desired riding position. The test ride route is full of curves and relatively low-traffic lanes, so you can enjoy the ride and get a feel for cornering. After your test ride we will go over all of your bike purchase options so you have all of the information you need to make an educated buying decision.
Finding the Right Fit: Take Care of Your Vertebrae
We love to ride. We live to ride. We know how it feels when the challenges of the world melt away under the rumbling peace of long rides down two-lane blacktops. At times, it feels like we can ride through a dozen sunsets and sunrises without stopping.
For some of us, however, our spirit of adventure is far more indomitable than our bodies will allow. We lie in bed at night dreaming of our next great ride, and in our fantasy we are supple and lithe, because in our mind we always default to the very best version of ourselves. And then morning comes. With a Herculean effort, we hoist ourselves out of bed and lament the passing of the guy who made last night’s fantasies look easy.
Many of us have never had back problems, and we want to keep it that way. We have to take care of our bodies so they can continue to serve us for years to come. Riding for long periods of time, unfortunately, can take its toll on our lower back. Many of us know what that feels like, and many of us know how lower back pain and stiffness can dampen the exhilaration of a great ride.