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Debby Banning

The Awl

Shopping For The Perfect Motorcycle ?

January 10, 2014







In the last couple of decades a major shift has been happening in transportation. More and more people are leaving the car behind in favor of the Motorcycle , in the west the car reigned supreme but we are now seeing a growth in popularity of the bike. This could be because down to the prices of gas and running a car, or perhaps people are deciding to care more for the planet. Whatever the reason, there are more cyclists on the road than ever. Have you been tempted to use a bike for your everyday transport needs? If you have been thinking about using a bike as your main mode of transportation, or just thinking about getting one for fun, there are a few things you need to think about.

You must make sure you get a bike that is the appropriate size for you. To do this, you will need to measure your inseam. Simply measure through your inner leg from your groin to the bottom of your foot to find out your inseam. When you get a bike you should be able to lay both feet flat to the ground if need be. This means that you will be able to stop your Motorcycle with your feet if the brakes do not work—without having to tilt the Motorcycle and risk doing harm to it and to yourself. Believe it or not, your Motorcycle seat should not sit at its lowest setting, resting against the crossbar. You want to adjust it up a few inches and take those inches into account when you are choosing your bike. Adjusting your seat up a few inches will give you more clearance between you and the crossbar of your Motorcycle , which can add quite a bit of comfort to your ride. The best way to adjust your seat to the correct height is to place your foot on the pedal at the lowest setting and bring the seat up as high as it can go so that your leg is almost fully extended.

The angle of your seat (also called the saddle) is also important. Motorcycles can be tilted in a number of ways. Most find that a flat seat can prove to be extremely uncomfortable, so they adjust it to their preference. Find the position that will be most comfortable to you, and stick with it. Choosing to ride with the seat flat, will likely make for a less accommodating Biking experience, as the narrow section of the seat will be bothersome when you lean forward. There are a lot of criteria to use when deciding which Motorcycle is right for you. Are you going to be using your bike every day or will you only be riding every so often? What height makes you feel the most comfortable? Do you feel more at ease with your feet just above the ground as you sit on the seat, or would you rather that your feet sit flat when you are at rest? These are some of the things you need to consider when choosing your bike.

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