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Buying a Motorcycle: Choosing the Right Ground Clearance

If you’re looking to buy a motorcycle, it’s important to factor the model’s ground clearance into your decision. Read on for a beginner’s guide to this important measurement. For more information or to shop for motorcycles for sale, visit BMW Motorcycles of Jacksonville. Our dealership is based in Orange Park, Florida, and we also serve those in Jacksonville and St. Augustine.

Defining Ground Clearance

This is the measurement between the flat road and the underside of the motorcycle’s chassis. It’s usually measured in millimeters (mm).

About High Ground Clearance

When a motorcycle is higher up off of the road, it can more easily pass over obstacles without getting damaged. This can result in spending less money on parts repairs and replacements over the motorcycle’s lifespan.

Another advantage is that the suspension feels less hard. This can make the ride more comfortable.

Motorcycles that explore untamed terrain, such as dirt bikes and adventure motorcycles, tend to have higher ground clearance. They often encounter obstacles, such as fallen branches or rocks, that they need to cruise over without getting dents and scratches.

About Low Ground Clearance

When a motorcycle is closer to the road, it has a lower center of gravity. Riders can more easily maintain their balance. These motorcycles also tend to be easier to control, which is especially helpful for beginner riders.

The design of these motorcycles also leads to less air passing underneath the motorcycle, which leads to better aerodynamics.

Motorcycles that explore city streets, such as touring motorcycles and cruisers, tend to have lower ground clearance.

Picking the Right Ground Clearance

First, consider your experience level. If you are a new rider, it’s wise to get a motorcycle with lower ground clearance. These models are easier to control, which makes the learning-to-ride process easier.

Second, consider your height. Shorter individuals may want to focus on motorcycles that are lower to the ground. Taller individuals may want to focus on motorcycles that are higher off of the ground.

Third, consider where you will ride the motorcycle. If you plan on exploring nature, higher ground clearance is wise. If you will be sticking to debris-free streets, a lower ground clearance should be fine.

It is possible to modify a motorcycle’s ground clearance, but keep in mind that it is an added expense. This type of alteration is best left to a professional.

Want help determining the right ground clearance for your riding lifestyle? Want to explore motorcycles for sale? Whatever you need, the experts at BMW Motorcycles of Jacksonville are here to help. Reach out or stop by our dealership in Orange Park, Florida. We also proudly serve those in Jacksonville and St. Augustine, Florida.

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