Bigger is not always better.

    At Least that's what she said....

    4y ago

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    It's a common male belief amongst riders that the capacity of a bike's engine is directly proportional to the size of their schnitzel. All males grow up with the concept of 'bigger is better'. In turn, this concept is applied to our Johnson and onto our plums. After that it's a short journey to the size of our bike's engine. And so goes the male development process.

    All males grow up with the concept of 'bigger is better'. In turn, this concept is applied to our Johnson and onto our plums. After that it's a short journey to the size of our bike's engine.

    Ben Fulljames

    This reality makes pulling up at the lights next to another biker a varied experience (depending on the capacity of your bike). We have all been there. Imagine a Kawasaki Ninja 300 pulls up next to Ducati 1299 Superleggera at a set of lights. At this point the Ninja 300's rider has lost all self confidence. He feels inferior in every way. It's like a dingy pulling up to an Aircraft Carrier or a Cessna pulling up to an A380. He knows in the eyes of everyone around him that he has been totally overshadowed.

    The question remains: how do you respond when the lights go green? You have two options in my eyes. Firstly, submit and wallow in newfound inferiority. Concede to the bigger bike. Abandon the minimal sense of manhood you have left. The second option, my personal favourite, is give the bike everything it has. Shank the crank, choke the throttle, beat the street - after all, it's not about how big it is, it's about how you use it. At least that's what she said....

    Since the dawn of time men have been obsessed with oversized 'things'. The first recorded images of men liking big 'things' include the hieroglyphs of the Egyptians. Not much has changed. We still haven't realised the errors of our ways. You can fix that. Get out there and use what you've got.

    The angry 2017 Kawasaki z900.

    The angry 2017 Kawasaki z900.

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    Comments (8)

    • Take a LEADERbike onto a mountain road, whose first gear stops at like 80-90 MPH and then take a ninja 250 whose first gear stops at 30, and 2nd at 50. It's not about the size, its about how much fun you're having in the process

        3 years ago
    • unfortunately in the case of the Ninja 300 at the lights, the rider who 'shanks the crank' and 'chokes the throttle' when placed next to a Ducati 1299, achieves only one thing: to make himself/herself look like a right tosser. Everyone who sees them do it, knows that they feel inferior with a bravado need to prove something etc, they just confirmed it.

      The Ducati rider can pull gently away knowing he/she has caused the Ninja self deprecation. Best to just put your head down and take your 300 down the first turn to anywhere... leave the Ducati to move on by like a seal watching a Great White.

        3 years ago
    • Elliott Cox: Envy! Because of laws where I am i am limited to one gear unfortunately. Low gear is a sneaker!

        3 years ago
    • Size is not important... ride what you are comfortable with and ride within your limits.

      My first ever bike was a 2009 Buell 1125R! it was shit....had to be in 1st riding through 30mph zones.

      My GSX-S1000 is however amazing... I know what it is capable off so don't need to push it

        3 years ago
    • 50cc with top end around 25mph currently. Size does not matter, it's all about having a good time. Real bikers just laugh when we pass each other here.

        3 years ago

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