Motorcycles look stunning. It doesn’t matter if you want a cruiser, dirt bike, or the fastest road bike you’re legally allowed to ride. Of course, this means having a full license first. But, if you’re new to riding you’ve probably got a few concerns over the size, and particularly the weight of the motorcycle you should be buying.
The good news is that weight doesn’t make a lot of difference when you’re riding. Once you’re in motion the natural balance of the bike means all you have to worry about is riding.
However, the weight of the bike does make a difference at slow speeds, specifically when you are manoeuvring out of a parking bay or stopped in traffic. At this speed, it is much easier for the bike to lean a little too far in one direction.
The heavier the bike the easier it is to drop at low speeds. The question then becomes whether you can pick it up or not. This is a latter of the weight of your bike and your own strength. As a beginner, it encourages you to opt for lighter bikes.
Why Go Light?
If you check out this collection of KTM dirt bikes Sydney you’ll instantly see that there are an array of sizes but all the KTM bikes are comparatively light, easy to ride anywhere, and surprisingly forgiving. That makes them a good choice for a beginner.
The real issue isn’t the weight of the motorcycle or your personal strength, there is a technique for picking up a bike and there will usually be someone to help you. Choosing a lighter bike such as the KTM range will help you to establish control at low speeds. This will allow you to select heavier bikes in the future as you’ll have the confidence and experience to avoid dropping your bike.
But, remember, the centre of gravity makes a difference. The closer it is to the ground the harder it is to drop the bike.
Picking Your Bike Up
The reality is that most bikers will drop their bike at some point. While bikers don’t like to admit it, there are times when it happens. The key is to be able to pick your bike back up and ride off into the sunset. It doesn’t actually matter how big or heavy the bike is, you can pick it up with the right technique.
The best idea is to practices at home. Put down some mats and gently lower your bike to the floor. To pick it up use the handlebars and lift to put the bike on its wheels. It will still be on the floor.
You can then turn your back to the bike, bend your knees, and hold the bike in a comfortable position, such as the tank and under the rear of the seat. Then, walk backwards and the bike will move back into an upright position.
If you can confidently pick your bike up then its weight, and the worry of dropping it, are suddenly much less important.