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Old 04-27-2012, 01:26 AM   #1
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Some friends call me Big D, I'm looking into learning how to ride but I would like to know what would be a good bike for someone 300lbs+ to learn to ride on
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Some friends call me Big D, I'm looking into learning how to ride but I would like to know what would be a good bike for someone 300lbs+ to learn to ride on
As another larger rider I will say, big isn't nearly as hard as tall to deal with. Like someone said, if your feet can both reach the ground , and you can use the rear brake without picking your foot off of the pegs, then it should be a good bike to learn on. I was physically too large for the bike in my MSF course. I couldn't reach the rear brake without lifting my right leg 6 inches into the air because my knees were in front of my ankles on a "standard cruiser".

You could still get plenty of speeding tickets on a 250, but the suspension on slightly larger bikes, like a Ninja 500 would probably be a better fit. though you may still want to invest in an adjustable suspension. I am 6'4" and about 250, but I don't fit on my Girlfriend's Ninja 500 very well due to my height. It moves me around just fine, just not extremely comfortably though.

Generally, if you ask whether or not a 250cc bike will be adequate, you will get a lot of "Yes"'s. But ask how it would do riding two up, and you will get varied answers from "yeah, it will be fine" to "if you are planning two up riding, I would consider a bigger ride" to the ultimate "you shouldn't even be thinking of going two up until you have a few thousan miles under your belt"...

You have to realize that most of the guys in here are under the 200lbs mark, and if their significant other is around the 100lbs mark. If you do the math, we are riding two up at all times.

Being Houston, we ride on the freeways a lot. I would lean towards a Ninja 500 if you are 6 foot or under, and if over that I might recommend something more like an SV650. If you are looking for a cruiser, the Shadow 750 was a great first bike for me, but doesn't have much umph after it hits 75-80.
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As another larger rider I will say, big isn't nearly as hard as tall to deal with. Like someone said, if your feet can both reach the ground , and you can use the rear brake without picking your foot off of the pegs, then it should be a good bike to learn on. I was physically too large for the bike in my MSF course. I couldn't reach the rear brake without lifting my right leg 6 inches into the air because my knees were in front of my ankles on a "standard cruiser".

You could still get plenty of speeding tickets on a 250, but the suspension on slightly larger bikes, like a Ninja 500 would probably be a better fit. though you may still want to invest in an adjustable suspension. I am 6'4" and about 250, but I don't fit on my Girlfriend's Ninja 500 very well due to my height. It moves me around just fine, just not extremely comfortably though.

Generally, if you ask whether or not a 250cc bike will be adequate, you will get a lot of "Yes"'s. But ask how it would do riding two up, and you will get varied answers from "yeah, it will be fine" to "if you are planning two up riding, I would consider a bigger ride" to the ultimate "you shouldn't even be thinking of going two up until you have a few thousan miles under your belt"...

You have to realize that most of the guys in here are under the 200lbs mark, and if their significant other is around the 100lbs mark. If you do the math, we are riding two up at all times.

Being Houston, we ride on the freeways a lot. I would lean towards a Ninja 500 if you are 6 foot or under, and if over that I might recommend something more like an SV650. If you are looking for a cruiser, the Shadow 750 was a great first bike for me, but doesn't have much umph after it hits 75-80.
Good post. I'm 6"5' and 225# these days.. been as heavy as 250.... I love how these small guys like to advise bigger dudes what bikes to get.

I ride GSXR's because of the 15 different sport bikes I have owned or rode, they fit me the best.
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Old 04-27-2012, 05:43 PM   #11
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Good post. I'm 6"5' and 225# these days.. been as heavy as 250.... I love how these small guys like to advise bigger dudes what bikes to get.

I ride GSXR's because of the 15 different sport bikes I have owned or rode, they fit me the best.
Well not everyone can be as full of ... he asked for something to learn on, not take out to dinner, movies & take home to his mama.
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Being a gentlemen of similar size, it can be tough....I actually learned on a 1981 yamaha XS 650 special......That said, I rode my GSXR-600 for 5 years with no issues at that weight
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