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.