Types of Motorcycles

Cruiser Motorcycles

Cruiser Motorcycles look cool and are very comfortable to ride compared to some other types of bikes.

Harley-Davidson is one of the quintessential cruisers, even though the brand manufactures other styles of motorcycles, too.

The Big Four Japanese manufacturers of motorcycles are Kawasaki, Yamaha, Honda, and Suzuki. They started making cruisers in 1970, following the example set by Harley-Davidson. Japanese cruisers are often called metric cruisers because their nuts and bolts are metric while Harley-Davidson has American fasteners.

Another difference is that they indicate the sizes of their engines in cubic centimeters, while Harley-Davidson does so in cubic inches. Though a small difference, it is important to be aware of.

Power cruisers

Many motorcycle riders loved the comfort, reliability and hassle-free maintenance of cruisers, but feel there is something left to be desired in terms of performance. This was the reason why power cruisers entered the market. A power cruiser typically has a high-performance motor, brakes, and suspension. One of the popular power cruisers is Yamaha Star Warrior.

Luxury touring motorcycles

These machines are big, heavy and relatively slow. They also feature a seating position that’s way more upright compared to other motorcycles. Luxury tourers usually have high windscreens, big front bodywork that protects the riders from the weather and winds, a radio and an audio player, a GPS, a plush seat and more. Some of the luxury tourers even have airbags just like cars do.

Sport Tourers

Sport tourers combine the power of high-performance bikes with the luggage space of a touring bike. They typically weigh much more than sport bikes because of added luggage but are also more fun to drive compared to a regular luxury tourer.


These motorcycles are fundamentally racing bikes that have turn signals and license plates. Sportsbikes are very lightweight and extremely fast. They have short wheelbases, powerful motors, and exceptional brakes. The handling is razor-sharp. You don’t sit on such a motorcycle, you crouch down.