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How to choose your style of ride


Choosing the perfect ride is an exhilarating experience, but it’s not as simple as picking the shiniest one off the showroom floor. Your decision should be based on a combination of personal preferences, riding experience, and practical considerations. In this guide, I’ll walk you through the steps to help you pick the best motorcycle that suits your needs and desires.

Before you start shopping for a motorcycle, assess your riding experience. Are you a seasoned rider or a complete beginner? Your level of experience will significantly influence the type of motorcycle that’s right for you. Beginner riders should start on a smaller, less powerful bike (125cc to 500cc). These bikes are more forgiving, easier to stop, and easier to handle. Intermediate riders can explore a wider range of options, including sportbikes, cruisers, and touring motorcycles. Advanced riders have the experience to handle high-performance machines, but they should still choose a bike that matches their riding style and skill.

How do you ride? Motorcycles come in various styles, each designed for a specific type of rider. Think about how you intend to use your bike:

If you plan to use your motorcycle for daily commuting, such as just to work and back, a practical and fuel-efficient option like a standard or sport-touring bike might be ideal.

Riders who prefer leisurely rides and long trips often opt in for cruisers. These bikes are large, comfortable, and designed for long relaxing journeys.

For those who enjoy the thrill of speed and cornering, sport bikes offer agility and high performance in such a small machine.

If you’re into off-road adventures, consider a dual-sport or adventure bike, which can handle both on and off-road terrain.

Motorcycle engines come in various sizes (typically referred to as cc or engine displacement), and the engine size affects the bike’s performance. Smaller engines are generally more fuel- efficient and easier to handle, while larger engines offer more power and speed but at a sacrifice of more fuel. Your choice should align with your riding experience and intentions.

Small Displacement (125cc-500cc) engines are ideal for beginners and city commuting. These bikes are easy to manage and provide great fuel economy.

Medium Displacement (500cc-900cc) engines are suitable for a wide range of riders, offering a balance between power and manageability.

Large Displacement (900cc+) engines are powerful and often preferred by experience riders and those seeking high-speed performance.

Before you go to the dealership and buy the biggest, meanest, coolest looking bike on the lot, you should consider a few things. First off, what would your budget allow, what feels the best (test ride or sit on a few different types), do your research on what is reliable and easy to maintain, and buy and wear your gear!

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Ben Ryan
Ben Ryan, Staff Writer
Ben Ryan is a junior at Fillmore Central High School. At 16 years old, he does many events, such as tapestry, choir, jazz band, band, one act, speech, spring play, and trap shooting. He recently started pursuing photography using his sister’s photo camera. He also enjoys working on vehicles and his father's old motorcycle. After high school, he hopes to pursue a business degree and open up his own bakery in Colorado with one of his friends. Ben loves to spend time in the arts and help with tech at school events.
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