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Choosing a motorcycle is an important decision. For the optimum experience, you want to find the bike that’s right for you. You should spend some time considering your options before taking the plunge. Your expectations, reasons, experience and budget are all important factors when deciding which bike to purchase.

In general there are five styles of motorcycles to choose from:

  1. Traditional bikes. This is a good choice for beginners. The frame sits upright and the seat is parallel to the ground. The engines tend to be medium sized and the handling system is basic.
  2. Sport bikes. In this style of bike, riders lean forward in the seat while riding. If you are a speed demon then this is the bike for you. They are powerful and feature lightweight aluminum frames, multi-cylinder engines, stiff suspension, powerful brakes, and gripping tires.
  3. Street bikes. This style is designed for comfort and offers two options, touring or cruising. They can easily accommodate passengers and provide a more laid back riding style, look and design. The seat is low and your feet ride out in front of you. If you are a casual rider, this may be the best choice for you.
  4. Off-road bikes. These bikes are designed for trail or track riding, with light frames and advanced suspension.
  5. Dual-purpose bikes. Many beginners prefer this style. These bikes are intended for both trail and road rides and boast lightweight frames.

Once you have decided on a style, the next step is to choose a bike with a good fit. When assessing the fit of a bike consider the fit of the following components:

  • Handlebars
  • Foot Controls
  • Seats
  • Suspension

Before you make your purchase, do some research and find the bike that’s right for you. For more resources, check out the Sinclair Law Website.