5 Narrowest and 5 Widest Motorcycles


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The 2013 BMW HP4 is the widest sportbike with a width of 32.4 in., which is absolutely massive for a sportbike. It’s an incredibly capable motorcycle, meant to rip up race tracks and fast canyon roads. This one makes no apologies about being designed without any thought given to your using it to sit in traffic.


The 2013 Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 is the widest streetfighter/supermoto, with a stock handlebar width of 36.4 in. That’s massive for a motorcycle also capable of triple-digit speed, but necessary for a bike we found rather piggish. Everything about this bike just feels huge.

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The 2013 Kawasaki KLR 650 is the widest dual sport at 37.8 in. Most dual sports come in around the 34-36 in. range as you need as much leverage as possible over the bars when riding off-road, and the KLR really shines here with its extra width.


The 2013 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero is the widest cruiser, with a stock handlebar width of 38.2 in. That width is necessary to help you steer this 835-pound behemoth. We can’t imagine trying to maneuver this thing around any major metropolitan area, you’ll want to keep the Vaquero out on the open road.


The 2013 Yamaha Super Tenere is the widest bike on our list, with a handlebar width of 38.6 in. As we mentioned earlier, you need that width for leverage over the bars off-road, and the need is multiplied when your off-road bike is as large and heavy as a full-sized adventure bike.

What do you prefer, a narrow or wide motorcycle? What bikes do you think are too narrow or too wide?

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