How to Choose the Right Motorcycle for Your Riding Style?
Snapshot: The right choice of motorcycle would go a long way in your preference of riding and meeting people who are like-minded as you are and embark on journeys that would become memories of a lifetime.
Motorcycling is more than mere commuting. Motorcycling gives the thrills and a joy of being in the open world connected to the elements that we are all made of. Choosing the right motorcycle is essential and it all boils down to your preference and riding style. The right choice of motorcycle would go a long way in your preference of riding and meeting people who are like-minded as you are and embark on journeys that would become memories of a lifetime. Here is what you should look to when buying a new motorcycle to suit your riding style.
Commuting and Occasional Highway Riding
The city bike is the one for you. With an ergonomic seating style and upright handlebars, the naked bike makes for a perfect commuting tool, and with the right engine size it can turn your daily commute into a fun and crazy ride, bordering on the boundaries of pure hooliganism. Beware though; caution must be exercised as those cops around the city wont appreciate your hooning skills. And out on the highways, the naked bike maintains its composure for short trips, but isn’t the most ideal for a long highway journey, unless you love fighting the windblast on your face. Also, the city is no safe place with people and other automobiles crawling in any direction they think is fair. ABS is a must have. Motorcyles onsale in India for this riding style:
Honda : CB Trigger, CB1000
Kawasaki : Z250, Z800, Z1000
KTM : Duke 200/ 390
Yamaha : FZ15, FZ1
Suzuki : Bandit 1250S
Aprilia : Mana 850 ABS / GT ABS, Tuno V4R APRC Our Pick – Kawasaki Ninja Z1000
BMW : R 1200R
Ducati : Streetfighter, Monster
DSK Hyosung : GT 650N
Hero : Ignitor
Firstly, if there is a racetrack in your city, then you are one lucky person. Use this opportunity to the best by picking up a fully faired set of wheels. And if a motorcycle is not your only mode of transport then you can use it occasionally while belting out some fast lap times and honing your skills on the racing asphalt. Not only that, but a weekend ride to the ghats can be incredibly good fun too. Unfortunately you would prefer to stay away from long flat highways unless you would like to sport a permanently bent spine and sore wrists
Aprilia : RSV4 APRC/Factory
BMW : S1000RR
Ducati : 848/1198/1198S, 1199 Panigale
DSK Hyosung : GT 250R/650R
Hero Motocorp : ZMR Our Pick – BMW S1000 RR
Honda : CBR100RR
Kawasaki : Ninja 300, ZX10-R
Suzuki : GSX-R 1000
Yamaha : YZF-R1
Adventurers and Trekkers
This is where things get tricky. As a person who like to trek and get to those unseen places unreachable by automobiles, you would be fascinated at what a dual-sport machine can do to your travel time. Cutting through the woods and splashing dirt, there is no other way of riding that can be as much fun. Just remember when you ride as the crow flies, its very important to have adequate riding gear, as the trees surrounding the trail you are not exactly soft. Following are the bikes available for this riding style:
Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200
Bajaj Pulsar 220F Our Pick - BMW R1200 GS
Hero Motocorp Impulse
Our Pick - BMW R1200 GS
Long Distance Prowler
If you are one of those who sit at your desk job planning your next 25 day vacation, planning to get away from everything and everyone, the touring bike is just for you. With cushiony seats and softer suspension setup, a touring motorcycle would carry great amounts of luggage while maintaining an upright position. Still sharp on bends, the touring motorcycle is a decent handler when you show them some corners. Although do remember, in these long journeys, you would come across towns, villages, bad roads, bad traffic and unfortunate incidents, so ensure that you chose a motorcycle with the most safety features like ABS, Traction control etc.
BMW: K 1300S, R 1200 RT, K 1600 GT/GTL
Ducati: Mulitstrada 1200/1200S/1200T/1200ABS
Hero Motocorp: Karizma Our Pick – Ducati Multistrada 1200 ABS
Honda: CBR 150/250, VFR 1200
Kawasaki: Ninja 650
Suzuki: GSXR 1300 Hayabusa
“Born free” is your middle name. You are the type of person who enjoys countless miles of open tarmac and a relaxed riding stance enabling you to think about life, career, family and friends. You live the cruiser lifestyle, long handlebars, laid back riding position and endless love for metal and chrome will make your day special as you ride from dusk to dawn feeling the wind on your face. On reaching your destination you would still free fresh with almost negligible fatigue ready to party with your mates over beers and some good old-school rock’n’roll.
All Royal Enfields except the Continental GT
All Harley Davidsons
Suzuki Intruder Our Pick – Harley Davidson Fatboy
Honda VT 1300
Bajaj Avenger 220
No matter how you ride, the scooter has always found a home in the form of a usable accessory. It’s one of the most hassle free modes of transport and gets around the chores like none other. Best part, everyone in the family from that under age kid with a under 18 license to your grandfather can use it. Most importantly, you can hand it over to that friend of your who is always looking out for excuses to ride your motorcycle. Also on the romantic side, it’s theleast scarytwo-wheeler you can sit on when your wife/girlfriend offers you a ride, unless they are above 300cc!??
Many many of the below 150cc scooters
Aprilia SRV 850 Our Pick – Yamaha Ray
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