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Best Motorcycle for Big & Tall Riders

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Not all motorcycles are designed to accommodate riders who are taller and heavier.

In fact, many bikes are going to feel downright unbearable for riders who are on the bigger side – think 6′ tall and up and 200 to 300 lbs.

There are a few things to considers when looking for a motorcycle for taller, heavier riders:

  1. Seat height.
  2. Seat and saddle width.
  3. Foot control positioning and layout.
  4. Riding position.
  5. Handlebar ergonomics.
  6. Suspension.

Some of those things you’ll be able to modify or tweak to get the right fit (suspension, handlebars), but it’s smart to start with a motorcycle whose design is better suiter for a bigger rider to begin with.

Check out some of our top picks for motorcycles that can work well for tall and heavy riders.

While adventure bikes and touring motorcycle often come to mind when thinking of a good bike for bigger guys, you’ve got more style options than that. Included below are a variety of different types of motorcycles, so you’re sure to find some suggestions regardless of what style of riding you prefer.

Before you settle on one, it’s a good idea to visit a few of your local motorcycle dealers to actually sit on the bikes and get a feel for them in person.

Best Motorcycle for Bigger and Heavier Riders

If you need some ideas for the best motorcycles for bigger riders, here are some good models to check out:

  • Harley Davidson Breakout
  • BMW R 1250 GS
  • Ducati XDiavel
  • Honda Africa Twin
  • Honda CRF250L & CRF450L
  • Honda Rebel 500
  • Honda CB500X
  • Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R
  • Kawasaki Ninja 650
  • Kawasaki Vulcan 900
  • Kawasaki Vulcan S 650
  • KTM Super Duke
  • Suzuki SV650
  • Suzuki V-Storm 650
  • Yamaha Tracer 900 GT

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