If you’ve just recently got into motorcycling or if you’re interested in buying another type of motorcycle for your collection, then this guide is for you. We will go through the bases, strengths, and weaknesses of all types of motorcycles to help you make a wise decision based on your preferences.
The standard type of motorcycle has a high appeal because of its simple design and usefulness for all purposes. It varies from 125cc all the way up to 1000cc and you can generally find fittings for it, such as an extra seat or extra luggage rack. When it comes to ergonomics, it’s truly neutral, as it is both forward-leaning and rear-reclining.
The main weakness of standard motorcycles is the fact that you can’t really show off in front of pros since they’re so easy to pick up and learn. Otherwise, this type of motorcycle is exactly as the name suggests: standard. It’s one of the easiest types of motorcycles that you’ll be able to pick up and learn how to ride with relative ease.
Also known as the chopper, a cruiser was designed for cruising down highways while looking cool. Harley Davidson popularized this type of motorcycle, and it has gained traction ever since, with most motorcycle clubs preferring the chopper over any other type of bike out there.
It’s an excellent choice for looking badass and also for those who want something that can carry some luggage. The main downside is that cruisers usually make a lot of noise, so if that bothers you… well, tough luck.
Ah, yes, the pinnacle of speed and agility. Their forward-leaning ergonomics will net you an awesome advantage when it comes to taking corners and keeping your balance at the same time. The way you sit on them allows you to feel as if you’re one with the vehicle while going in a high pursuit against other opponents on the track.
Sincerely, the only real disadvantage we can think of is its main advantage. The fact that you can go up to impressive speeds might turn you into a speed demon if you ever want to use this type of motorcycle on the roads. Although we also like high-speed chases, please keep racing only inside legal tracks.
As the name suggests, these motorcycles are made for touring large distances, so if you’re a travel junkie, it might be the best-suited type of motorcycle for you. This motorcycle offers incredible storage space, but the bike itself is also larger in size, and it might be intimidating toward beginner motorbike riders.
Although not as speedy as the previous motorcycle type that we showcased, the touring bike is able to keep up to highway speeds with relative ease.
Sport touring motorcycle
If you want the best of both worlds, the sport touring motorcycle, just like the name says, is a combination of the sport and touring motorcycles that we mentioned just now in this article. It has a taller seat than the touring motorcycle and much more storage space than a sport bike. So if you want to both travel and partake in races, this might be it.
The disadvantage? Most sport touring motorcycles are relatively expensive since they combine two types of motorbikes. But if you really want something like this, it’s worth it. Just be careful not to blow your entire savings on one.
Dual sport motorcycle
This type of bike is meant to go anywhere and do anything; basically, an all-purpose motorbike that combines the horn and lights of street-legal motorcycles, the aerodynamics of sports bikes, and the off-road capabilities of dirtbikes. And although they have severely limited storage options when compared to the travel bike, you can still purchase accessories separately.
Think of it best as a combination of a dirtbike and a sport motorcycle and you won’t be disappointed. And if you want to take it on a long journey you can also do that with the right storage space expanders and other accessories. Dual sport motorcycles usually have good road mileage on a full tank, so it’s hard to empty the engine even on long trips.
Some people might argue that scooters aren’t really motorcycles, but they do share enough similarities regardless, so we’ll still put these on our list. While not nearly as speedy as a standard or sport motorcycle, a good scooter can get you around with safety and in style. Their engine size varies from 50cc to 500cc, which makes them good enough for riding around town.
Scooters are not and should not be viewed as racing vehicles. Instead, they are good starting motorcycles for beginners who want to take things slowly and methodically. And in most states, you can legally ride a scooter without a license, so you’ve got one more advantage. However, we still recommend taking a few classes so that you’ll know how to ride properly.
Truth be told, many people don’t even know if mopeds are the same thing as scooters or if they’re a subcategory of scooters. However, the two are technically different. The moped has an even lighter frame than a scooter, and most times an even smaller engine, starting from 50cc and going down instead of up.
In the United States, they are harder to come by and they’re considered somewhat of a vintage vehicle. Is it stylish, though? That’s for you to decide. If you want to go for a retro 80s style look, then a moped is a wise choice. But keep in mind that storage space is basically nonexistent and you’re extremely limited by the motor.
One more problem with a moped is that it offers no protection against wind or other forms of bad weather. While you can solve this issue with a good helmet, it might still be a major turn off for many people.
Also known as dirtbikes, these motorcycles are, as the name suggests, meant for off-road usage. With an off-road motorbike, you can explore the great outdoors like never before. You can circle through tight spaces, such as dense forests, you can go climb a mountain, you can even go through steep terrain and do some amazing stunts.
It’s a bike made for professionals who like adrenaline and like to take risks. The high suspension can handle bumps with ease, and their low weight makes them highly maneuverable. The thing is you won’t be able to take them on the road without risking getting a fine.
They usually come without any lights or turn signals, so if you want to ride this type of motorcycle throughout the town, you will have to spend some time modifying it to accommodate street-legality laws.
So, we’ve covered every major type of motorcycle that you can find on the market today. To reiterate, all these options are good for their respective purposes. You’ll have to figure out how ready you are to handle certain types of motorcycles based on how long you’ve been riding and how well you can handle high speeds.
Not every type is suitable for every rider. Think carefully about what you want to do with a motorcycle and decide wisely. You’re going to be spending a lot of money on it. And, as you know, motorcyclists are usually more prone to accidents than drivers. While road safety is a whole nother subject entirely, we always like to mention such disclaimers.
Drivers don’t pay as much attention to motorbike riders because they oftentimes can’t see you, especially if another vehicle is blocking the view. You’re going to need to take an extra step and make sure that you’re visible enough to avoid injuries or even death.
But enough negativity for now. We hope you enjoyed this information and found it useful. Good luck in finding your next motorcycle and have fun using it!