Who is »average«?
About riding pleasure, additional safety through ergonomics and the suitable suspension for riding a motorcycle.
The greatest appeal in riding a motorcycle is riding pleasure. Whether it's alone or in a group. All of your senses are heightened and focused on the moment. We all know that unique feeling of surfing in the flow of the landscape! Riding pleasure is born when the ergonomics harmonise with the suspension. When nothing hurts, irritates and when you simply feel happy and safe all around. When motorcycle and rider become one. If the operation is intuitive and comes with zero distractions, this adds a big bonus to safety.
Who is »average«?
The motorcycles of today are better than ever before. And yet when it comes to drawing up the specifications for their machines, motorcycle manufacturers have to make compromises for economic reasons. Compromise means you assume the average: assuming a rider of average weight (usually a male rider and not a female rider) and average luggage weight. A suspension like this is too heavy for a 70 kg rider – especially for a petite female rider – much too hard, but too soft for those weighing in at 120 kg. Neither is good! Added to this we have the seat height, weight protection, reachability and operability of the handlebar lever and the ergonomic alignment of the footrests. All this is designed in the series for the average size for understandable reasons.
But who really meets this average?
The influence of ergonomics on riding pleasure
A motorcycle is average when everything sits right and fits, when everything is in the right place. When you can safely reach the floor with both feet, when you can effortlessly and reliably operate the handlebar with your arms and all levers with your hands and feet, without the need for bending or stretching. If the ergonomics aren't right, this can lead to painful muscle or joint tension that not only negatively impacts riding pleasure but also safety when riding.
The suspension and its influence on riding pleasure
In principle, we can say good suspension is characterised by keeping the wheels on the ground under all conditions, guaranteeing contact with the road when speeding up, braking and going through bends. Without getting too deep into the physics, we can also say that a motorcycle forms a spring mass system. The mass is composed of the machine and rider. If he or she is too light, the machine »hops« and bounces, but if they are too heavy, it can end up bottoming out. With a good suspension design, the weight of the rider and any passenger is always included in the equation.
Just like the riding style, which can be sporty or touristy. This information isn't just helpful, it is necessary if you want to design the suspension elements carefully. Only by doing so can you ensure the machine's riding behaviour is smooth but above all safe.
Doesn’t fit? Doesn’t exist! Wunderlich has solutions!
Here at Wunderlich we specialise in components that you can use to adjust the ergonomics and riding behaviour of your BMW to your own personal needs and preferences without having to make compromises. These components guarantee your riding pleasure.
- Suitable seats (higher, lower)
- Wind protection in different designs
- Handlebar risers
- Adjustable rest and
- handlebar lever systems
- Excellent responsiveness through the use of the best materials, precise manufacturing and careful assembly by hand
- Individually configured for your needs, weight and size
- Fully adjustable for your needs and riding style
Don't hesitate to contact us at any time and share your queries and requirements with us. We'll find a solution for you!