While the weight of a motorcycle doesn’t matter much once you are on the move, a heavy motorcycle can be very intimidating when you stop or ride slowly, especially for beginner riders. Apart from the size, the type of motorcycle will also determine the weight of the bike.
The average weight of any motorcycle is 430 lbs (195 kg). The lightest motorcycles are dirt bikes with an average weight of only 202 lbs (92 kg), while the heaviest bikes are touring motorcycles at 804 lbs (365 kg). The Yamaha Star Venture is the heaviest motorcycle of any bike at 963 lbs (437 kg) and the Yamaha PW 50 is the lightest at 90 lbs (41 kg).
Motorcycle weight should not be the only factor to consider when you are buying a bike. The weight will, however, greatly influence how quickly you get comfortable on the motorcycle if you are a beginner rider. Many new riders drop their ride while practicing clutch and throttle control at low speeds. And if you are into adventure riding, dropping your bike is inevitable.
A heavy motorcycle is not only difficult to keep upright once it leans past the balance point, but it is very difficult and demotivating to pick up a heavy motorcycle on your own. My wife learned to ride on a 150 lbs Yamaha MR 50 before she upgraded to a heavy 421 lbs BMW F650 Funduro.
The only way to know which bike is best for you is to take it for a test ride. Second prize is to at least go sit on all the bikes on your shortlist. That will give you a feel for the the weight of the motorcycle and how easily you are able to balance it upright.
For more experienced motorcycle riders, the weight of the bike is almost totally irrelevant. It is during those early days while learning to master clutch and throttle control, and how to properly stop the motorcycle the right way, that the weight of your motorcycle may play an important role.
Weight of All the Motorcycles
The table below lists all the weights of all the major motorcycle manufacturers from the heaviest to the lightest in pounds (lbs) and in kilograms (kg). The weight listed here is the curb (or wet) weight instead of dry weight. Curb weight is the weight of the bike, fully fueled and ready to ride.
|Motorcycle Model||Curb Weight (in lbs)||Curb Weight (in kg)|
|Yamaha Star Venture||963||437|
|Harley CVO Limited||944||428|
|BMW R 18 Transcontinental||942||427|
|Harley Road Glide Limited||932||423|
|Harley Ultra Limited||917||416|
|Kawasaki VULCAN 1700 VOYAGER ABS||895||406|
|Harley CVO Road Glide||893||405|
|BMW R 18 B||877||398|
|Yamaha Star Eluder GT||877||398|
|Yamaha Star Eluder||875||397|
|Harley CVO Street Glide||866||393|
|Harley Electra Glide Revival||862||391|
|Harley Road Glide||855||388|
|Harley Road Glide Special||853||387|
|Honda GOLD WING TOUR AIRBAG AUTOMATIC DCT||847||384|
|Kawasaki VULCAN 1700 VAQUERO ABS||845||383|
|Honda GOLD WING TOUR AUTOMATIC DCT||838||380|
|Honda GOLD WING TOUR||836||379|
|Harley Street Glide||829||376|
|Harley Road King||828||376|
|Harley Street Glide Special||827||375|
|Harley Electra Glide Standard||820||372|
|Harley Road King Special||807||366|
|BMW R 18 Classic||805||365|
|BMW K 1600 Grand America||802||364|
|Suzuki BOULEVARD C90T||800||363|
|Honda GOLD WING AUTOMATIC DCT||800||363|
|Honda GOLD WING||787||357|
|BMW K 1600 GTL||772||350|
|Suzuki BOULEVARD M109R B.O.S.S.||764||347|
|BMW R 18||761||345|
|Suzuki BOULEVARD C90 B.O.S.S.||758||344|
|BMW K 1600 B||741||336|
|BMW K 1600 GT||736||334|
|Harley Heritage Classic||728||330|
|Suzuki BOULEVARD M90||723||328|
|Harley Fat Boy 114||699||317|
|Harley Sport Glide||699||317|
|Kawasaki CONCOURS 14 ABS (incl. hard cases)||690||313|
|Harley Low Rider S||679||308|
|Harley Fat Bob 114||676||307|
|Harley Softail Slim||671||304|
|Harley Streetbob 114||659||299|
|Kawasaki VULCAN 900 CLASSIC LT||657||298|
|Harley Softail standard||655||297|
|Suzuki BOULEVARD C50T||644||292|
|Kawasaki VULCAN 900 CLASSIC||620||281|
|BMW R 1250 RT||615||279|
|Suzuki BOULEVARD C50||611||277|
|Kawasaki VULCAN 900 CUSTOM||611||277|
|Kawasaki NINJA ZX-14R ABS||593||269|
|Suzuki BOULEVARD M50||593||269|
|BMW R 1250 GS Adventure||591||268|
|BMW R 1250 GS Adventure – Edition 40 Years GS||591||268|
|Yamaha Super Tenere ES||584||265|
|Kawasaki NINJA H2 SX SE+||578||262|
|Honda SHADOW AERO ABS||573||260|
|Kawasaki VERSYS 1000 SE LT+||567||257|
|Harley Iron 1200||564||256|
|Harley Iron 883||564||256|
|Ducati Multistrada Enduro||560||254|
|Honda SHADOW AERO||560||254|
|Harley Pan America 1250 Special||559||254|
|Honda AFRICA TWIN ADVENTURE SPORTS ES DCT||553||251|
|KTM 1290 Super Adventure R||551||250|
|BMW R 1250 GS||549||249|
|BMW R 1250 GS – Edition 40 Years GS||549||249|
|Honda SHADOW PHANTOM||549||249|
|Suzuki V-STROM 1050XT||545||247|
|Suzuki V-STROM 1050XT ADVENTURE||545||247|
|Yamaha Bolt R-Spec||542||246|
|BMW F 850 GS Adventure||538||244|
|BMW R 1250 RS||536||243|
|Harley Pan America 1250||534||242|
|Kawasaki Z H2 SE||531||241|
|Honda AFRICA TWIN ADVENTURE SPORTS ES||530||240|
|Kawasaki Z H2||529||240|
|BMW R 1250 R||527||239|
|Kawasaki NINJA H2||525||238|
|Kawasaki NINJA H2 CARBON||525||238|
|Honda AFRICA TWIN DCT||524||238|
|Suzuki V-STROM 1050||520||236|
|Suzuki V-STROM 1000XT||514||233|
|Suzuki V-STROM 1000XT ADVENTURE||514||233|
|Kawasaki NINJA 1000SX||514||233|
|Suzuki V-STROM 1000||511||232|
|Honda REBEL 1100 DCT||509||231|
|BMW F 850 GS||504||229|
|Harley Sportster S||502||228|
|Honda AFRICA TWIN||501||227|
|BMW S 1000 XR||498||226|
|Kawasaki VULCAN S||496||225|
|Kawasaki VULCAN S CAFE||496||225|
|BMW F 750 GS||493||224|
|Honda NC750X DCT||493||224|
|BMW R nineT Scrambler||492||223|
|BMW R nineTUrban G/S – Edition 40 Years GS||492||223|
|Honda REBEL 1100||487||221|
|BMW R nineT||487||221|
|Yamaha TRACER 9 GT||485||220|
|BMW R nineT Pure||483||219|
|Kawasaki KLR 650 ADVENTURE||483||219|
|BMW F 900 XR||482||219|
|Suzuki BURGMAN 400||481||218|
|Kawasaki VERSYS 650 ABS||476||216|
|Kawasaki VERSYS 650 ABS LT||476||216|
|Kawasaki NINJA H2 R||476||216|
|Kawasaki Z900RS CAFE||476||216|
|Suzuki V-STROM 650XT||476||216|
|Suzuki V-STROM 650XT ADVENTURE||476||216|
|Kawasaki Z900RS SE||474||215|
|Yamaha Tracer 900 GT||474||215|
|BMW C 400 GT||472||214|
|Kawasaki KLR 650 TRAVELER||472||214|
|Suzuki V-STROM 650||470||213|
|Suzuki GSX-S750 ABS||470||213|
|Suzuki GSX-S750Z ABS||470||213|
|Kawasaki Z900 SE||470||213|
|Kawasaki Z900 ABS||468||212|
|Honda CB1000R BLACK EDITION||467||212|
|BMW F 900 R||465||211|
|KTM 890 Adventure R||463||210|
|Kawasaki NINJA ZX-10R ABS KRT EDITION||456||207|
|Kawasaki NINJA ZX-10R ABS KRT EDITION||456||207|
|Kawasaki NINJA ZX-10RR||456||207|
|Kawasaki KLR 650 ABS||456||207|
|Honda CBR650R ABS||456||207|
|Yamaha Tenere 700||452||205|
|Yamaha YZF-R1 World GP 60th Anniversary Edition||448||203|
|Honda CB650R ABS||445||202|
|Honda CBR1000RR-R FIREBLADE SP||443||201|
|BMW S 1000 R||439||199|
|Suzuki SV650 ABS||437||198|
|Honda CB500X ABS||434||197|
|BMW S 1000 RR||434||197|
|Honda CBR1000RR ABS||434||197|
|Honda CBR600RR ABS||434||197|
|Kawasaki NINJA ZX-6R ABS KRT EDITION||430||195|
|Kawasaki NINJA ZX-6R||426||193|
|Kawasaki NINJA 650 ABS||423||192|
|Kawasaki NINJA 650 ABS KRT EDITION||423||192|
|BMW M 1000 RR||423||192|
|Honda CBR500R ABS||423||192|
|Honda CB500F ABS||420||191|
|Yamaha MT-09 SP||419||190|
|Honda REBEL 500 ABS||414||188|
|Yamaha YZF-R7 World GP 60th Anniversary Edition||414||188|
|Kawasaki Z650 ABS||412||187|
|Honda REBEL 500||408||185|
|Suzuki GSX250R ABS||399||181|
|KTM 390 Adventure||387||176|
|BMW G 310 GS||386||175|
|BMW G 310 GS – Edition 40 Years GS||386||175|
|Kawasaki VERSYS-X300 ABS||386||175|
|Suzuki BOULEVARD S40||381||173|
|Yamaha YZF-R3 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Edition||375||170|
|Yamaha YZF-R3 World GP 60th Anniversary Edition||375||170|
|Honda REBEL 300 ABS||370||168|
|Kawasaki NINJA 400 ABS||366||166|
|Kawasaki NINJA 400 ABS KRT EDITION||366||166|
|Honda REBEL 300||364||165|
|Honda CBR300R ABS||364||165|
|Kawasaki Z400 ABS||364||165|
|BMW G 310 R||362||164|
|Suzuki BURGMAN 200||359||163|
|Honda CRF300L RALLY ABS||337||153|
|Honda CRF300L RALLY||333||151|
|Yamaha V Star 250||324||147|
|Honda CB300R ABS||317||144|
|Honda CRF300L ABS||311||141|
|Kawasaki KLX300 SM||304||138|
|Kawasaki KLX230 S||298||135|
|Kawasaki KLX230 ABS||293||133|
|Yamaha Zuma 125||282||128|
|Honda TRAIL125 ABS||259||117|
|Kawasaki KLX230R S||254||115|
|Kawasaki KX450 X||246||112|
|Yamaha YZ450F MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA RACING EDITION||245||111|
|Kawasaki KX450 SR||243||110|
|Kawasaki KX250 X||240||109|
|Honda SUPER CUB C125 ABS||240||109|
|Honda SUPER CUB C125 ABS||240||109|
|KTM 250 SX-F Troy Lee Designs*||240||109|
|KTM 450 SX-F*||239||108|
|Gas Gas MC450F*||237||107|
|KTM 350 SX-F*||236||107|
|Gas Gas MC350F*||236||107|
|KTM 250 SX-F*||235||107|
|Gas Gas MC250F*||235||106|
|Yamaha YZ250F MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA RACING EDITION||234||106|
|Honda GROM ABS||231||105|
|Honda MONKEY ABS||231||105|
|Gas Gas MC250*||228||103|
|KTM 250 SX*||228||103|
|Yamaha YZ250 MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA RACING EDITION||227||103|
|Kawasaki Z125 PRO||225||102|
|Kawasaki KLX140R F||218||99|
|Kawasaki KLX140R L||209||95|
|Gas Gas MC125*||209||95|
|KTM 125 SX*||209||95|
|KTM 150 SX*||209||95|
|Yamaha YZ125 MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA RACING EDITION||209||95|
|Honda CRF125F BIG WHEEL||199||90|
|Honda MONTESA COTA 4RT RACE REPLICA||170||77|
|Honda MONTESA COTA 301RR||169||77|
|Kawasaki KLX110R L||168||76|
|Gas Gas MC85 19/16*||162||73|
|Husqvarna TC85 (19/16)*||162||73|
|KTM 85 SX 19/16*||162||73|
|Gas Gas MC85 17/14*||159||72|
|KTM 85 SX 17/14*||159||72|
|Gas Gas MC65*||125||57|
|KTM 65 SX*||125||57|
|Gas Gas MC50*||97||44|
|KTM 50 SX*||97||44|
|KTM 50 SX Mini||94||43|
Where there is an “*” next to the motorcycle model name, the curb (wet) weight was calculated from the dry weight by adding the weight of the gas, engine oil, and coolant. The capacities if each fluid were looked up in order to determine the quantities.
Some motorcycle brands were not included (e.g. KTM, Triumph, Ducati) due to the information not being readily available from the manufacturers’ websites.
Weights of Different Types of Motorcycles
Touring motorcycles and cruisers are the heaviest types of bikes, while dirt bikes and dual sports are the lightest. Modern adventure bikes are also getting heavier as the technology advances. The graph below shows the average, maximum and minimum weight of each type of motorcycle.
The weight of a motorcycle is more of a distinguishing factor than seat height. From the graph above it is clear that different types or categories of bikes differ greatly by weight. The difference if you compare the seat heights of various bike types is not that pronounced which can be seen in this post I wrote on motorcycle seat height.
Let’s have a brief look at the weights of each type of motorcycle, starting with the heaviest of them all:
Touring Motorcycle Weight
Touring motorcycles are by far the heaviest of all the different types of bikes. Touring bikes weight so much because of their large capacity engines (usually at least 100 cubic inches or 1 600 cc) and all the accessories fitted to them. These motorcycles are designed to keep you comfortable and protected from the elements at highway speeds. That requires large fairings and a tall windscreen, plush seats for the rider and passenger, and luggage systems.
The average touring motorcycle weighs a porky 804 lbs (365 kg). The heaviest touring motorcycle is the 1 863 cc Yamaha Star Venture that tips the scales at 963 lbs (437 kg). At only 474 lbs (215 kg), the Yamaha Tracer 900 GT is the lightest touring bike, thanks to a smaller engine and being more of a street bike with a hard luggage system as standard.
Cruiser motorcycles are also heavier than most other categories of bikes. Cruisers are not designed for speed or handling, but instead go after mean looks, lots of bling, and a growling sound. Most cruisers share their looks with the original cruiser, the Harley Davidson. That means, large capacity, air-cooled motors with big transmissions that can handle the torque.
The average cruiser motorcycle weighs 593 lbs (269 kg) which is exactly the same as the heaviest street bike, the Kawasaki ZX-14R. The heaviest cruiser is the massive BMW R 18 Classic at 805 lbs (365 kg) and the lightest cruiser is the little Yamaha V Star 250 at only 324 lbs (147 kg).
While the weight range of cruisers vary greatly thanks to a host of small, entry level cruiser bikes, most big cruisers need big, torquey engines to get going. To find out why most cruisers are so heavy, check out this detailed post I wrote on cruiser weight.
Adventure Bike Weight
Adventure bikes are meant to be as good in the dirt and on gravel roads as they are on the highways. Unfortunately, modern adventure bikes have favored the latter, as that’s where they spend most of their time. Bigger engines are used to deliver more power and higher top speeds.
To make these fast machines more ridable for new riders, and to ensure your safety when you do take them off-road, more and more technology is crammed into the bikes like ABS, traction control, cruise control, and a host of other (mostly electronic) features. All of these developments comes at a price. A heavy one. More weight.
The average adventure bike weighs 498 lbs (226 kg) which is heavier than 88% of all street motorcycles. Not surprisingly, the big BMW R 1250 GS Adventure is the heaviest adventure bike, tipping the weigh bridge at 591 lbs (268 kg), while the Suzuki DR 650 S is the lightest at 366 lbs (166 kg).
If you feel the DR does not count as an adventure bike (some feel it’s a dual sport), then the Kawasaki Versys X-300 is the lightest adventure bike at 386 lbs (175 kg) along with the BMW G 310 GS.
For everything you need to know on adventure bike weight, check out this comprehensive post.
Street Bike Weight
Street bikes vary greatly in weight due to the wide range of different bike models included in the list. Incidentally, the average street bike weight of 434 lbs (197 kg) is very close to the overall average weight of all types of motorcycles which is 430 lbs (195 kg).
The heaviest street bike is the super fast Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R at 593 lbs (269 kg). The lightest street bike is the entry-level Kawasaki Z125 Pro at only 225 lbs (102 kg). That’s even lighter than the toy bikes from Honda, i.e the Grom and the Monkey (both weighing only 231 lbs).
With only 10 scooters on our list, averages are rather meaningless. That said, the average scooter weighs 327 lbs (149 kg) with the heaviest being the Suzuki Burgman 400 at 481 lbs (218 kg). The Burgman 400 weighs more than 83% of all the street bikes in our table above. The lightest scooter is the Honda Metropolitan weighing only 179 lbs (81 kg).
Dual Sport Motorcycle Weight
Classifying motorcycles are not always easy and no other category of motorcycle is as controversial as the dual sports. Depending on where in the world you ride, a dual sport motorcycle might mean something different for you. If you are unsure what we think, check out this post on the difference between an adventure bike and a dual sport.
Dual sport motorcycles are bikes that were designed to go off-road as well as on the street. They are generally much lighter than adventure bikes, but due to being road legal, heavier than dirt bikes. The average dual sport motorcycle weighs 303 lbs (137 kg).
The Honda XR 650 L is the heaviest dual sport motorcycle at 346 lbs (157 kg). That’s light compared to the competition in the 650 cc thumper class, but definitely a handful compared to a dirt bike. The lightest dual sport is the Honda Trail 125 at only 259 lbs (117 kg).
Dirt Bike Weight
Dirt bikes are primarily designed to be light. These bikes are used for racing or riding through very technical terrain. A dirt bike needs to be able to accelerate very quickly out of tight turns and land massive jumps without falling apart. Riders also often drop their dirt bikes when riding in difficult terrain and a lighter bike is easier to pick up again.
In order to make a bike faster, you can either add more power – with a bigger and therefore heavier engine – or you can make the whole bike lighter. Every component on a dirt bike is designed with the latter strategy in mind.
Thanks to modern technology and materials, the average dirt bike only weighs 202 lbs (92 kg). That is lighter than the lightest street bike which we mentioned earlier.
The heaviest dirt bike is the Kawasaki KLX 300 R at 282 lbs (128 kg). It is more of a trail bike than a racing machine, but is still quite a bit lighter than your average dual sport. The lightest dirt bike is, unsurprisingly, the little Yamaha PW 50 kiddies bike at only 90 lbs (41 kg).
How Much Does Motorcycle Weight Matter?
The weight of a heavy motorcycle can be very intimidating, especially for new riders. If you stand the bike upright, it will be perfectly balanced, but tipping it just a few inches too far to either side will reveal its weight. Shorter riders may have an even harder time on a heavy motorcycle, where both feet can’t be planted firmly on the ground on either side.
Once a bike starts moving faster than walking pace, it will self-balance due to the rake of the front fork. Even the heaviest motorcycles will feel light when you’re on the move. I remember the first time I got onto the liquid-cooled BMW R 1200 GS when it was launched. Even though it weighed 525 lbs (238 kg) it was easy to maneuver at crawling speed thanks to the low center of gravity.
While even the heaviest bikes can feel light and perfectly balanced while riding, certain circumstances will reveal their obesity. In a parking lot for instance, even a seasoned rider may have trouble moving a 787 lbs Honda Goldwing around. At least it has a reverse gear, but you still need to keep it upright.
Adventure bikes also suffer from weight problems. Yes, a 551 lbs KTM 1290 Super Adventure R feels nimble racing around the dirt and can even take some serious jumps, but try picking it up more than once on a hot day, playing in thick sand. Between the right legs, these heavy ADV bikes can go nearly anywhere, but for mere mortals like me, they are pigs in the dirt due to their weight.
For any type of off-road riding, weight is not your friend. And if you are just starting out (road or dirt), learn to ride on the lightest bike you can find. Not only will you have a lot more confidence and stress less, you will also learn a lot quicker and become a better rider faster.
My wife learned to ride on a 155 lbs Yamaha MR 50 and only later got herself a 420 lbs BMW F650. She dropped that BMW so many times (we often rode dirt and sandy roads) that she got fed up. So when we travelled from Cape Town to Cairo for three months, we decided to do it on two 245 lbs Chinese delivery bikes. They were slow, but so easy to keep upright in any condition. And my wife (at 5 ft 3) could pick up her own bike multiple times a day.
If you are new to riding and you recently purchased a heavy motorcycle, the best you can do is to learn the bike’s balance point. There’s no use in muscling a heavy motorcycle into line. You’ll just tire yourself out and start to resent the machine.
Start by standing next to the bike and taking it off the side stand. Get a feel for the balance point around the upright position. Once you are comfortable where the bike feels balanced, start by walking around the motorcycle holding it at different spots like the mirrors, handlebar tips, and rear luggage rack. As you gain confidence that the bike can balance mostly on its own, start using only one hand at a time.
By getting used to the bike’s balancing point, you’ll learn that you don’t need a lot of strength to keep a very heavy motorcycle upright. Next, you can start by practicing slow moving balancing. Ride figures-of-eight or tighter and tighter circles. The more you practice balancing the bike in different situations, the lighter it will feel.
Weight Reduction Tips and Techniques
There are many ways to reduce the weight of your bike. On some types of motorcycle it is more important and significant than others. Dirt bike and racing bike riders are always looking to shed some weight to get faster. Adventure bike riders want to reduce weight to make their machines (often loaded with luggage) easier to control in off-road situations.
The first place many riders start shedding weight is swapping the stock exhaust for an aftermarket free-flowing pipe like an Akrapovic exhaust (available on Amazon). Another quick and easy weight saver is switching to a lithium-ion battery. Just those two modifications will save you several pounds. From there, the diet depends on the weight of your wallet.
You can swap out a host of steel parts for aluminum alternatives, from foot pegs to sprockets. Although every little bit helps, I prefer shedding a few pounds around my waist as a cheaper and healthy option.
Motorcycle weight can be very intimidating to beginner riders, but as you gain confidence it matters less and less. An experienced rider that understands the balance of his or her motorcycle, will barely notice the weight (until he/she drops the bike and have to pick it up alone!).
Personally, I prefer the lightest bike I can find for off road and technical riding. On the street, it is much less of a concern. Regardless of what bike you are looking to buy, the most important thing you can do before you part with your cash is to go and sit on a few different motorcycles and ideally, take them for a spin.