Bigger Bike More Throttle?

by Veronica
(Chicago, IL)

Hey ladies,

I am having an issue so here is the short it. I had a 250 Rebel for two years. I traded up to a Kawasaki 500. (The only reason i traded up was because I am 5'10" and weigh 140; I felt like a giant on my Rebel.) So anyways...I was really comfy on my rebel when shifting and doing my 'throttle' action. On my Kawasaki, not so much. I've only rode her about 12 times cause I got her late last year. I have stalled on her probably about 5 times. What I am wondering is...do bigger bikes generally require more throttle? I am assuming so cause my 'Maggie' (my 500) requires me to be more 'manly' than my 'betty' (my Rebel) did.

Thanks my girls,


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Jul 12, 2011
by: veronica

Thanks so much ladies for your advice. I am getting better and I have not stalled since taking your advice...well, I did stall once, but that's good right? I have to use more throttle and I find that I have to give it some gas before letting out the clutch. This works for my Maggie. So thanks much ladies and enjoy the season...especially for those of us in the places that have very very cold weather beginning in September!!!!

Jul 10, 2011
by: Ev

Yes, when going from a 250 to a 500/650 etc... you need to give it more power in order to move the heavier bike. After a couple of months I'm sure you will get used to accelerating it more than your 250. On another note, when you (if you) ever have a pillion, you will have to "give it more" again. Just because of the more weight the bike has to shift. Safe riding.

Jul 06, 2011
Stalling a Bigger Bike
by: Robin C

I stalled my V Star 650 Classic several times the first time I attempted to leave my driveway...then my husband mentioned that MY bike was a few hundred pounds heavier than the little 250 I had ridden in class...as a result, I did have to roll on the throttle instead of just letting the clutch action start her rolling like we had been taught in class during our "clutch control" session. I don't know if that is the same thing you are experiencing or not, but since that time I really haven't had a problem :)

Jul 06, 2011
Bigger Bike
by: Quynn V

I have also just recently gone from a Rebel 250 to a Shadow 600 (Annabelle). The first few times take her out I had issues with stalling. Just took time to get used to the different bike. Now I love my Shadow.

Jul 06, 2011
The Vulcan 500
by: Cindy

I bought my Kawasaki Vulcan 500 new- before I even had a license. Other than using a smaller 250 during my motorcycle course, I've not used any other bike. I haven't had any problem's stalling mine, but I know I tend to lean a little heavy on the throttle. I think as you become more familiar with yours, you will find the "normal" for that bike. Heck, every car I drive feels and drives differently. Ride safe!

Jul 04, 2011
by: Marion

I also have a Kawasaki Vulcan 500. This is my first bike. I have had her my a year now. I love it. At times I feel like I am ready for a bigger bike, but I have decided to ride her for another year before I go up. I am comfortable on her for now so my change. Good luck and be safe.

Jul 04, 2011
by: sassy2741

Yes all bikes do ride differently. I have a fatboy and a roadking and it takes me a bit of riding to get used to each one depending which one I decide to ride. They ride and feel different each time I get on them.

Jul 03, 2011
by: Anonymous

Just like cars, bikes are all different. Take some time and get to know your new scoot.

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