Have you ever been out riding your Wing and a friend (or even a stranger) asks you something like, “What’s she like to ride?” To which you reply, “Like a dream.”
But really, how can we specifically give others an idea of whether or not THEY will feel comfortable riding a Wing – short of letting them borrow our bike for a while? We can base it on our own experience, but it isn’t the same because typically they’re built differently than us. Even if a person looks similar to our body type, they might have shorter legs or longer arms and, as a result, their riding experience will be different.
Thankfully, the Motorcycle Ergonomics Simulator exists. Refer that future Winger to it and they will be able to input their height and inseam and the simulator will, well, simulate how that person will fit on a Goldwing.
It doesn’t stop there. Once the bike is selected, height and inseam given, the simulator allows us to take modifications into consideration. What if we add handlebar risers, a quality custom seat, or highway pegs to the bike? We can make those changes and view the result. We can also toggle between seeing what it will look like to have our feet on the ground or not! Pretty cool and simple to use.
For example, according to the simulator, a rider who is 4’7” with a 25” inseam would have to stand on their tippy-toes to reach the ground on a stock Goldwing GL1800 2nd Gen. Whereas, if they had a 29” inseam they could comfortably have the flat of their foot on the ground, but their legs would be almost completely straight (See below).
At 7’ tall, your arms would set at a 90 degree angle while riding, with your elbows at your side, and your knees up near the handlebars.
The ability to customize height and inseam is an important benefit since some riders are all legs while others all torso and that makes a huge difference in the riding experience.
Going back to the friend or stranger that wants to know how a Goldwing rides, in addition to saying your Wing rides like a dream, you can suggest they check out the Motorcycle Ergonomics Simulator. Recommend they start with a bike they’ve already ridden – and liked the experience – and then compare it to the Goldwing. Not only will you be helping out a future Winger, you will look incredibly smart and informed while doing so!
What do you think? Is it worthwhile to use the Motorcycle Ergonomics Simulator? Would you refer a potential Goldwinger to it? Is it helpful for you? Do you think it looks accurate? Let us know in the comments below.