With a relaxed riding position and seating for two, cruisers combine the look of a traditional motorcycle with a more stylish, custom appearance and typically longer wheelbase and forward foot pegs. Available in single and multi-cylinder designs, cruisers run the gamut from small, fuel-efficient models to big, large-displacement bikes.
Dual Purpose Motorcycles
Designed to be ridden on or off-road, dual-purpose models can also be good choices for city dwellers who appreciate their higher ground clearance, all purpose tires, and extra suspension travel as much as trail riders do. Completely street legal with lights, directional signals, and other road-going equipment, dual-purpose models are lightweight and well balanced, and available in a wide range of sizes.
Electric motorcycles have been gaining in popularity, especially with city dwellers who can appreciate their economical operating costs, low maintenance, and don’t mind their limited range and top speed. A rechargeable battery is included, and it can be charged using household current. Range is typically no more than about 50 miles, and less if ridden at their top speed.
Sport Bike Motorcycles
With aggressive bodywork designed to slice the wind, high-performance engines, lightweight frames, and a crouched riding position, sport bikes are all about performance. These are not the most comfortable or practical models for novice riders; they are best suited to those with a lot of experience in varied conditions. Models span from affordable, and fun, 250 cc entry-level sport bikes up to exotic performance legends best suited for true expert riders.
Designed for long distance travel or day trips, touring bikes are powerful and comfortable enough for two people to spend a full day in the saddle. They can range from basic models with a minimum of frills to decked out bikes with saddlebags, fairings, windshields, stereo, and even cruise control and heated handgrips.
These are the most well-rounded street motorcycles and the most conventional-looking designs, with an upright riding position. Good for commuting and all-around use, traditional models range in size from economical, lightweight designs with around 250 cc engines to powerful models in the 1500 cc range.