Motorcycling used to be a young person’s game. But in the mid 1980’s to the mid 2000’s, there was a major shift in demographic based motorcycle trends. The average age of motorcycle owners went from 27 to 41 and the percentage of riders over the age of 50 skyrocketed from 8 to 25 percent.
In today’s world motorcycles are better and more specialised than ever. Lighter motorcycles are often the preferred choice when one is learning to balance, steer, accelerate and brake. The various categories of motorcycles and their pros and cons must be understood well.
The STANDARD bike is intended to do a little bit of everything. It looks basic but is limited only to imagination.
For many riders the word motorcycle is limited to CRUISER. The most evocative and legendary brand is HARLEY DAVIDSON. They have low seats, long wheel bases and loads of Chrome. While big cruisers can be heavy, expensive and intimidating, almost all manufacturer lineups include small and midsized machines.
SPORTS BIKES are high powered road rockets that demand the highest level of motorcycling experience to ride well and ride safely. There was a time when SPORTS BIKES were a type of motorcycle one advanced to rather than begin with. Road biking is a fiercely competitive sport. Major genres include road racing and off road racing ,both either on circuits or open courses and track racing. Now a days trail cameras can be used at the finish line to ascertain the position of the winner in close races. Other categories include hill climbs, drag racing and land speed record trials. Today several sportsbike models are designed for less experienced riders. This segment has exploded in the recent years with smaller models that combine sportsbike looks with beginner friendly power, ergonomics and cost. These include KTM RC 390, Kawasaki Ninja 250R, Yamaha R3 and Honda CRB 300R.
The DUAL SPORTS BIKE, though a small segment of motorcycling community are quite popular. They are light, nimble and versatile so that one can gain experience and explore a range of roads and terrain. These are built to be tough enough for the trails but comfortable on the roads. These are relatively inexpensive. The examples include Yamaha, Kawasaki and Suzuki.
The ADVENTURE TOURER are dedicated touring bikes with large fairings and ample luggage. They are comfortable with good weather protection.
The most inexpensive and practical motorized vehicle is a SCOOTER. It is arguably the easiest to ride.
The future motorcycles will be more powerful, fuel efficient and clean burning.