What Does CC Mean in a Motorcycle?

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We’re sad to say that anyone looking for a new motorcycle who ends up searching, ‘what does cc mean motorcycle’ may have been fed some disinformation. While plenty of people will tell you it means ‘cubic capacity’ or ‘cylinder capacity’, what cc actually stands for is ‘cubic centimeters’. In short, it’s simply referring to the volume of the engine. Just like a 1.4L four-cylinder engine in a car refers to a 1.4 liter displacement engine, a 300 cc motorcycle refers to a bike with a 300 cubic centimeter displacement engine. Find out more about this measurement and why it matters with Latus Motors Harley-Davidson.

Why Does a CC Rating Matter?

If you look for cc meaning, engine specs are going to be where you end up. In fact, you’ll often hear people talking about the cc of their motorcycle as if cc equals power, but that’s not exactly the case.

CC is all about displacement, which is just another way to show the volume of a motorcycle’s cylinders. Displacement tells you the amount of space engine pistons move in one stroke. That means more displacement can and often does mean a more powerful engine since more displacement provides greater space for the fuel-air mixture and allows for more fuel to be burned at once.

What Else Indicates a Motorcycle’s Performance?

As noted above, cc isn’t the only factor Portland drivers should consider when looking at the performance of different motorcycles. You should also think about weight and horsepower/torque.

You see, a heavier bike obviously needs a stronger engine, and the interaction of weight and displacement is what produces horsepower and torque ratings. These are more useful than the cc when you want to find out how a motorcycle is going to perform across Vancouver. If you really want to tell how a motorcycle is going to perform, asking ‘what is a good cc for a motorcycle’ isn’t as useful as checking horsepower ratings.

Find the Right Power You Need at Latus Motors Harley-Davidson

If you’re still unsure about cc, horsepower, and torque ratings, you shouldn’t hesitate to contact us today.

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