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Did your body weight make you want a larger bike?

  • I am over 200 lbs and chose a liter bike

    Votes: 9 15.0%
  • I am over 200 lbs and a 600 fits me fine

    Votes: 17 28.3%
  • I am under 200 lbs and it had no affect on my decision

    Votes: 34 56.7%

Did your body weight have any impact on your bike decision?

1179 Views 21 Replies 17 Participants Last post by  RedStal95
I was wondering if any of you feel that your body weight had any impact on your decision to choose the bike you did. I guess this question is geared more towards the experienced rider who has gone through a couple, three bikes already. Do you think weighing over 200lbs has a significant affect on the bikes handling, torque, hp.. etc.. especially on a 600cc bike vs. a liter bike?

I'm about 6'1 and pushing 235...
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This is one argument I never get. I mean I look at it this way. Would you say "oh I can't get that Mustang because I'm too big for it, I weight 250+ and it won't be enough power for me, so I'll have to get a Viper that way the power to weight ratio is about the same" Come on!!! I'm 200 and have been all the way up to 227. And know damn good and well that the weight difference would not have made me want to go up to a 1000 ( even know I have one and am trying to sell it). Unless your pushing these bike within a inch of their capibilities then it doesn't matter.

I mean I guess if you wanted to you could go down to %'s But even still the big guys that say "I have to have a Busa or ZX12 because I'm b*****" Makes no sense because if you get down to it. Your saving like one pound per horse power by going with a 12 or a Busa. Here is what I mean. 533lbs bike (sport rider mag dry weight for Busa since they are the favorite one for big guys) X 300lbs guy divided by 160HP gives you 5.2 lbs per HP or A 04 636 (mine) at 389 dry (sportrider) X 300 lbs guy divided by 113HP give you 6.2 lbs per HP. So ONE STINKING POUND????? Come on!!!!!! I guess you should have bought that Viper huh??? Make any sense now??

Shit it doesn't matter if you give up 50 lbs. Hayden was running .5 MPH slower than Pedrosa down the straight this weekend and that was on 250HP machines. Now if you just said "hey I'm a big guy and I am used to being the biggest and that's why I buy the biggest baddest thing out there" I could understand honesty. But then again I guess that means I must love my 1000 cause I was 227 at about 7% body fat. So I was pretty big. Better get the Viper too huh?? Ego's crack me up.
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zx11_12 said:
You are forgettting torque. Torque is actually what causes acceleration, not HP. And the big bikes have it in spades over the smaller ones. And 1 lb/hp is actually quite a lot when it comes to acceleartion. Compare the quarter mile times between a 'Busa and a 600cc supersport.
Then there is the issue of suspension. A light 600cc bike not only has softer springs simply because it's lighter and doesn't need them as stiff, but it is assumed that the rider will be lighter than the rider(and/or passenger) of a 'Busa or ZX-12R. Look at the GVWR of the bikes. Those stiffer springs are needed to at least try to get the suspension set up correctly for someone as heavy as I was at the time.
I see what your saying about the torque. But what I was saying in my reference to the Viper is that, even if it's a 600 and you are on a super sonic machine. They are ridiculously (spelling) fast. I mean your 235 now, 8 lbs heavier then I was but I didn't think that I needed a faster bike to get me going.

I don't know I guess I would just rather have a bike that is more flickable then one that takes some laboring. But I really don't know about that suspension thing.
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