A combination of stiffly sprung modern motorcycles and old war wounds have many mature-aged riders searching for motorcycles with the most comfortable ride.
I’ve ridden a lot of different bikes over the years and what stands out is how soft old bikes were and how stiff modern bikes are.
This trend is to improve handling and cope with larger and heavier riders. However, it presents problems for riders who suffer from old motorcycle injuries or arthritis.
You could buy an old bike with sagging springs for a softer ride, but they handle poorly. The soft springs also mean you hit the bump stops which pounds your body every time you clout a reasonably sized bump or pothole. And isn’t that a too-frequent occurrence!
If you want a bike that handles yet still has a plush ride, there are some modern motorcycles that offer both.
8 Yamaha FJR1300A: Rider and pillion will enjoy the ride and thermal comforts, although it’s best for tall riders. Cops love ’em! Seat could be better.
9 Kawasaki GTR1400: There are good reasons why many Iron Butt riders choose this highway mile-muncher. Ergos and ride are great for long distances at high speeds.
10 Moto Guzzi California: The Italians are not known for comfy riding positions, but this is a rare exception. Big-dish saddle, wide and bent bars, floorboards and a plush ride with plenty of cornering clearance!
What’s the most comfortable motorcycle in your view? Leave your comments below.