WEIGHT might not get the same amount of column-inches as power but it’s surely one of the most vital of all a bike’s statistics.
While some might like the ‘bigger is better’ adage, when it comes to two-wheelers extra bulk damps performance, strains brakes, suspension and tyres to the limit and makes manoeuvring harder.
We’ve dug through all the current models of bikes on the market to establish the definitive top 10 list of the chunkiest fatties out there. And you’re not going to be too surprised to hear that it’s dominated by machines from America. In fact, the demise of the old-model Honda Gold Wing means that now only Harley-Davidson and Indian machines appear in the top 10. The 2018-on Gold Wing, even in its fattest, airbag-and-DCT-equipped form would be down in 13th position overall at 383kg wet. And you’d be well into the 20s before you reached a European bike, the heaviest from this continent being the 350kg BMW K1600GTL.
We’re not going to include Harley’s brace of trikes. In case you’re interested, the Tri Glide Ultra is a car-like 564kg wet, while the Freewheeler isn’t far behind at 507kg. But since you can’t ‘drop’ them, the weight of those three-wheelers matters little. So we’re sticking to proper two-wheelers.
What’s more, we’re concentrating on proper kerb weights, complete with fluids and fuel, because you’re never going to find yourself riding a bike without those things. And they make for bigger numbers, of course.
So here goes with the top ten heavyweights…
9=: Indian Springfield (and Dark Horse): 388kg
At 388kg, Indian’s Springfield and Springfield Dark Horse are the featherweights of this list. For a bit of context, that’s about as much as a small male moose.
9=: Harley-Davidson Road Glide (and Special): 388kg
Literally matching the Indian Springfield, pound-for-pound, are the Harley Road Glide and Road Glide Special, which are also 388kg beasts. That’s as heavy as the 10.5cm Leichtgeschutz LG40 recoilless gun used by Germany in WW2.