Types of Motorcycles


A motorcycle is the simplest form of motorised personal transport – it consists of an engine, two wheels, steering and a place to sit. It has been around for less than 150 years, but it’s become a fantastically well-developed machine in that time.

The earliest bikes used steam engines to drive their bicycle wheels, but by the early 1900s people were building gasoline-powered machines that were called “motor cycles.” Honda built itself into the biggest motorcycle manufacturer in the world by reinventing this category away from gigantic, intimidating machines for tough guys and into small, friendly models for everybody.

They have excellent acceleration performance for their size – most middleweight and big-bore bikes can out accelerate cars, and even modest sportsbikes have 0-60 times in the low three seconds range. However, they are not very aerodynamic, with their exposed engines and riders, and the fact that air pressure exerts a force that increases as the square of your speed.

Cruisers are a subtype of standard motorcycles that have a more relaxed ride position and a lower seat height, making them better for city riding or longer rides. They are also popular with beginners because of their affordable prices, modern components and ease of use. They are not as fast or as agile as sportbikes, but are a great choice for new riders looking for an easy-going ride. Always wear a helmet, and avoid alcohol and drugs when you’re riding a motorcycle. These substances impair your judgment, coordination, balance, throttle control and your ability to shift gears.