There are plenty of different types of motorcycles available. Ranging from nimble, lightweight machines to heavy cruisers and touring bikes.
The overall dry weight of the motorcycle varies depending on things like:
- Engine size.
- Class of bike.
- Body and frame components.
- Extras and accessories.
Considering a motorcycle’s weight is important when choosing the right motorcycle for you.
What Factors Affect How Much a Motorcycle Weighs?
To get more detailed, we’ll go into the variety of factors that will contribute to a motorcycle’s weight the most.
- The class and intended use of the bike.
- Off-road and dual-sport motorcycles are much lighter than a street bike.
- Styling components and onboard equipment.
- Saddlebags, fairings, sound systems, air suspension – all of these things can add up.
- Engine CCs.
- For the most part, the bigger displacement engine the bike has the heavier the bike will be. The engine itself will be heavier, and the frame will be larger to accommodate it.
- Smaller engines correlate with smaller and lighter bikes.
- Heavier engines typically feature larger frames, suspensions, and other components that add more weight.
How heavy is a motorcycle?
On average, the most common motorcycles you’ll see will typically weigh anywhere from about 300 to 600 pounds with most variance coming from the style of bike and its engine size.
Average Weight of a Motorcycle by Engine Size
Even within a single class of motorcycle, the size of the engine, or its cubic centimeters (CC) is going to have a big influence on the total weight of the bike.
Some rough ranges for motorcycle weight by engine size include:
- <200cc weigh 100 to 200 lbs.
- 250-300cc weigh about 350 pounds.
- 500-800cc weigh about 400 to 450 pounds.
- 900-1100cc weight about 400 to 600 pounds.
- 1200cc and up weight about 500 to 800 pounds.
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Average Motorcycle Weight by Class of Bike
Average motorcycle weight can also be roughly categorized by class of bike:
- Mopeds range from about 100 to 200 pounds.
- Scooters weigh about 150 to 300 pounds.
- Cafe racers and scrambles typically weigh about 350 to 450 lbs.
- Cruisers and touring bikes weigh anywhere from 500 to 900 pounds.
- Full-dressed baggers weigh from 700 to 900 lbs.
- Enduros and dirt bikes range from about 200 to 500 pounds.
- Sport bikes range from about 300 to 500 pounds.
How Much Does a Harley-Davidson motorcycle weigh?
Harley’s are generally some of the heaviest bikes on the market.
Since most of their popular models are cruisers, touring bikes, and baggers, the class already puts them on the heavier side.
Add to that the extra components that come with many Harley models and the weight starts to add up.
On average, Harley-Davidson motorcycles tend to range between about 540 to 905 pounds.
Harley Davidson’s larger cruiser motorcycle tend to be on the heavier side of things with bikes weighing nearly 1,000 pounds.
Is 500 lbs. heavy for a motorcycle?
The 500-pound range holds a wide selection of bikes.
Is that heavy?
The answer sort of depends on your experience.
For a beginner, yes, a 500 pound motorcycle is heavy.
However, for riders with more experience and experience riding cruisers and heavier bikes, 500 lbs. is a pretty standard weight for a bike.