The Different Types of Motorcycles
Understanding the different types of motorcycles can be a bit confusing. We’ve got you covered.
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All of that has changed, and today there are tons of different types of motorcycle classes, with many of those getting their own caveats and subsections. There are terms we tend to use often when talking about bikes or on sites like this, and many of you have been asking for a bit of an explainer, so here we go.
Sportbikes are built for going fast on a race track. They have a crouched or tucked riding position and a fairing to help shield the rider from the wind at high speeds. They use clip-on bars, which are mounted to the front fork, and have high footpegs so you have more clearance when leaning over while turning. They typically have motors with an inline four-cylinder configuration, Triumph a triple, Aprilia likes their four in a V configuration, and Ducati fills in the holes with their V twin shaped like an L and their new V4.
Touring bikes are large, heavy motorcycles with big engines, wind protection, and luggage to haul you and maybe a pal/significant other long distances. The Japanese and Euro options feature some of the best technology our world has to offer, while the American options prefer to leave the ride less altered.
Sport Touring Motorcycles
Sport touring bikes combine touring sensibilities like more comfortable ergonomics and luggage with large sporty motors. They’re designed so that both the bike and the rider can do a ton of miles, but in a way where they can still enjoy taking the long way without taking long to do it.