Searching for a new bike but not sure if you should choose a cruiser or touring motorcycle? ? There are many pros and cons to each type of bike. It is important to understand the differences before you make your purchase so that you find a bike that rides well and will fit your lifestyle. Bikers range from commuters, one-in-a-while pleasure riders, coast-to-coast travelers and everything in between. Fortunately, bike design has changed to meet the needs of each type of rider.
When many of us envision a motorcycle, we think of a cruiser motorcycle. These bikes are created for low-end torque and have a lower riding position. The foot pegs are forward and bikers lean back slightly when riding. These bikes look like the traditional motorcycles designed between the 1930’s and the 1960’s. Although some find these bikes to be particularly comfortable, they may offer a challenge for a beginner who is not accustomed to the strain produced by pulling on the handlebars and the rear positioning. The cruiser is the classic, stereotypical bike that is often used in movies and television shows. It has a solid styling that hasn’t changed much with the times. In fact, there is high demand for old cruisers by bikers who want to recondition them and ride them again. These bikes have tons of character and charm but do not necessarily come with a comfortable ride of off-the-charts capabilities.
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Touring motorcycles are customized to meet the needs of long-distance riders. These bikes have large fuel tanks and engines. They provide a comfortable, upright position for the biker. These bikes have plenty of storage for all the items you want to take on your next trip. They are generally more expensive than other bikes, but offer a more comfortable ride. Touring bikes are great for long trips or more luxurious rides through the countryside. Many older bikers prefer touring bikes because they allow for a more comfortable ride. These heavy bikes aren’t the most agile things on the road, and for the increase in comfort you lose quite a lot in maneuverability. These bikes are much heavier and are not meant to careen over rough terrain or even scoot in between heavy traffic. They are meant for a more calm, comfortable ride putting in the miles on the open highway.
Standard motorcycles may be average but there are no limits when they come to customization. With a standard bike, the sky is the limit. They allow for a natural riding style without leaning too far forward or back. In many ways, these bikes are the best of all worlds. They allow for speed, agility and maneuverability without sacrificing comfort.
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Typically used by more experienced riders, these bikes are lightweight and handle well. They have an exciting, appealing style and are high powered. Some consider these bikes “road rockets,” though that depends on the riding style of the biker. Typically, insurance on these motorcycles is higher as they are more likely to be involved in crashes and have a higher repair cost. Many of these bikes also require more maintenance.
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Practical, fun, and great for the newbie rider, scooters allow anyone to break into the sport for minimal cost. They are fully automatic so you do not have to use the clutch or shift gears. In addition to the low cost, bikers will save a fortune with the 100+ mpg achieved by many scooters. These bikes often do not achieve highway speeds and are best reserved for short jaunts around town. You definitely don’t want to use a scooter for riding long distances. Scooters allow the aspiring biker to get on the road quickly, but the skills learn riding a scooter won’t necessarily transfer well to another bike.
There are a number of bikes that could fit easily into two categories, like the adventure touring or sport touring bikes. There is no need to limit yourself to the benefits of just one category. If a couple different types of motorcycles appeal to you, see if you can find a bike that has the best of both worlds. And remember- it’s all about your needs on the road! The bike that works great for your buddy might not be the best one to meet your needs. If you are unsure, it’s better to wait and ride a few bikes before making the big purchase.
No matter which bike you choose, you should always use proper gear and obey the rules of the road to remain safe. Motorcycle crashes can be particularly devastating, and while your bike can easily be replaced, your health and well-being cannot. If you are involved in a motorcycle crash, call an experienced motorcycle crash lawyer at Kass & Moses for advice. At Kass & Moses, the lawyers are also bikers, so they understand your desire to get back on your bike and ride. Rest assured that they will do everything in their power to help you get the settlement you deserve. Call 1-800-MOTORCYCLE today to learn more!