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What Are the Different Types of Motorcycles?

You’ve taken your motorcycle classes and received your license. Congrats! Now it’s time for the fun part – picking out your new ride. Shopping for a new motorcycle can be a bit overwhelming, especially in a virtual setting. There are a lot of different bikes to choose from and it can be hard to find the perfect one for you. We’re breaking down the most popular types of motorcycles so you can find a ride that fits your lifestyle and specific needs.

Motorcycle Types:


When most people think of cruisers, they think of Harley Davidson, and rightfully so. But Harley isn’t the only brand embracing this style. Cruisers are designed for laid-back, relaxed riding. They have low seats, often in a reclined position with feet forward riding. 

Great For:

  • Daily rides 
  • Weekend trips
  • Longer rides
  • Beginner to advanced riders

Dual Sport

Dual sport bikes are ready for anything. They can take on the paved road or backroad with their off-road suspension. Their seat height is slightly higher to take on backroads and have a sporty look. 

Great For:

  • Daily commutes 
  • Long-distance rides
  • Backroads


Some common characteristics of choppers are extended forks, low reclined seats, and longer front ends. Choppers stand out from the crowd and usually look different from typical factory models. These bikes favor personality over comfort and are usually chromed out and customized. 

Great For:

  • Fast riding
  • Making a statement

Sport Bikes 

Sport Bikes are less focused on comfort – they’re made for speed, acceleration, and thrill. These high-performance motorcycles have higher footpegs and seating that pushes the rider forward, over the tank. They are made to take on tight turns with impeccable control. 

Great For:

  • High-speed riding
  • Advanced riders
  • High-performance riding


Standard motorcycles or “naked motorcycles” are known for their upright riding position. Their handlebars and footpegs are positioned so riders can be comfortable without having to reach too far forward. These bikes have a retro feel and mid-ranged engine sizes.

Great For:

  • Newer riders
  • Daily commutes 
  • Budget-conscious riders 

Touring Bikes

These bikes are designed for long-distance rides with their big fuel tanks and comfortable seats and backrests. These bikes are on the heavier side and usually come with built-in windshields and navigation systems. 

Great For:

  • Long rides
  • Weekend trips
  • Those looking for comfort

Off-Road Bikes 

Off-road bikes are for (you guessed it) off-road riding. They have a taller seat to accommodate their suspension and place the rider in an upright position. They often feature knobby tires to take on the elements. 

Great For:

  • Trail riding
  • Dirt biking


Scooters can be compared to small motorcycles with a step-through frame. Drivers can sit with their legs together and their feet on a floorboard. Scooters are an economical option for riders and have engines that range from 50 to 250 cc. 

Great For:

  • City riding
  • Shorter commutes
  • Easy-of-use


Are you ready to find a ride of your own? Start your search for your perfect bike on today and be sure to check out our virtual buying resources.


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Emily Sullivan
Emily Sullivan
Emily Sullivan is a Content Curator for Trader Interactive, serving the recreational brands RV Trader and Cycle Trader. Her mission is to provide thoughtful, practical content to those who are always on the hunt for their next adventure.

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