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CC stands for “ cubic centimeters." What they measure is the volume of the cylinders in a motorcycle's engine. This is also called engine displacement.

Generally speaking, the CCs affect the power and smoothness of your ride, but are not necessarily a measurement of power. Instead, CCs are generally related to the size of the engine.

The cylinders in a motorcycle engine are where the internal combustion process—that is, how the engine generates power—takes place.

Most modern motorcycles have a combustion process, during which the engine will:

  • Suck in air and fuel.
  • Apply pressure to and ignite the gases.
  • Allow the air and fuel to combust.
  • Push out the exhaust.