Types of Motorcycles

From popular manufacturers including Yamaha, Harley Davidson, Suzuki and Honda, motorcycles have been built for a variety of purposes, but most fall into one of three categories: street, off-road and dual-purpose. Street motorcycles are designed for being ridden on paved roads and include: cruiser, sport bike, touring, sport touring, standard and scooters.

  • Cruiser

    — This type of motorcycle is typified by the design of the American models of the 1930s through 1960s. Due to the feet-forward riding position, these models are generally more comfortable for long-distance riding.
  • Sport Bike

    — Sometimes referred to as performance bikes, sport bikes emphasize speed, acceleration, deceleration and maneuverability.
  • Touring

    — These models incorporate features designed to address the needs of long-distance touring and commuting riders.
  • Sport Touring

    — Sport touring motorcycles combine the features of both sport bikes and touring models. They are designed for comfortable long-distance travel with good handling and high performance.

Off-road motorcycles, also known as dirt bikes, are light weight with small engines and large wheels with long suspension and high ground clearance. Most are designed specifically for off-road sports, including motocross, rallies, trials or track racing.

Dual-purpose motorcycles are a cross between on- and off-road bikes. They are designed to be driven off-road, but have added equipment, such as signal lights, to make them street legal. Dual-purpose motorcycles include adventure-touring, enduro and supermoto.

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