You have to consider three important things before buying a motorcycle: First, your experience level. Are you a beginner who’s just learning to master the road or a long-time rider who wants a bike with all the bells and whistles to tinker with for the best ride? Second, what would you use it for? Daily commute? Touring? Weekend hobby? And lastly (and probably the most considered factor), the price.
No matter which combination you end up having, the perfect motorcycle is out there and we’re here to help you find it.
Standard or naked bikes bear only the basic functionalities of a motorcycle. You won’t find any windscreens or frames on this baby. A lot of beginners choose a naked bike because they aren’t too expensive and can be taken around town or the highway.
- Lightweight and agile
- Doesn’t have functions you do not need
- Not advisable for long rides
- Little protection from wind/debris
Our pick: The Honda CB500F
The Honda CB500F has a 471 cc engine with approximately 50 hp. You can adjust its front brake lever and get a model with or without ABS.
These bikes are designed to make long-distance trips comfortable. However, they’re quite heavy and not suitable for rough roads. Also, touring bikes are quite expensive so they’re not ideal for beginners.
- Weather protection
- Large fuel tank and engine
- Comfortable riding position
- Not as fast
- Takes a lot of space
Our pick: Honda Gold Wing
The Gold Wing is known for its couch-like seat and large storage capacity. This year, its engine was redesigned, it got new suspension and its technology upgraded with an automatic seven-speed Dual Clutch Transmission offer.
Like touring bikes, these aren’t advisable for beginners. These bikes are smaller but can handle long distance rides and rough roads. However, because of the many features in a sport touring bike, they can also get expensive.
- Can be used in long trips
- Large storage
- Lighter than a touring bike
- The seat isn’t as comfortable
Our pick: Yamaha Super Ténéré
With a 1.199 cc twin engine and six-speed transmission to handle all the long trips, twists and turns you will encounter. Riders of any height or size can easily customise it because of the many accessories available.
Everything about a sports bike is designed to give experienced riders the joy of going maximum speed. The riding position can be uncomfortable, so these aren’t great for longer trips but it makes up for that by having good braking systems.
- Powerful engine
- Great aerodynamics and weather protection
- Not advisable for beginners
- Uncomfortable riding position
- High maintenance
- Expensive insurance
Our pick: KTM RC 390
These bikes have more ground clearance thanks to the recent adjustment of its exhaust and slightly inverted low panel. It has a liquid-cooled four-valve DOHC engine with 44 hp and 37 Nm torque.
Cruisers or choppers are built for relaxed trips on paved roads but aren’t recommended for new riders. It has a limited ground clearance that makes curves challenging even for experienced bikers.
- Throttle is easy
- Eats up a lot of Fuel
- No weather protection
Our pick: Harley Davidson Street 750
These have a slim frame that makes it easier for riders to put their foot on the ground. The engine is a liquid-cooled V-twin with 491.6 cc’s like most commuter bikes.
Off-road bikes are made to handle rides through the woods, grass, sand, dirt and bumpy roads. Off-road bikes are lightweight and are equipped with suspension that makes manoeuvring easier. Beginners can give it a go but remember to be careful – the risk factor is far higher without the experience.
- Great Acceleration
- Not road legal
Our pick: Yamaha YZ450F
This year the YZ450F got a new electric start system, smaller airbox and, radiator shrouds. Yamaha released an application to change its fuel and ignition timing without having to buy a GYTR power turner.
Dual purpose bikes mix fun with functionality. They’re street-legal but can still be taken off-road. They have enough power for long rides and can breeze through highways. These are not just reserved for long-time riders because there are also models designed for beginners.
- Street legal (has headlights, side-view mirrors etc. )
- Too heavy for challenging trails
- Under powered for high-speed riding
Our pick: Honda CRF250L
The CRF250L is an affordable unit that performs well on corners. It has a 249 cc fuel-injection engine that starts in a snap.
Just like touring bikes, adventure bikes are great for long-distance travel but aren’t limited to paved roads – you can ride adventure bikes off-road too. Beginners can try these for a first bike, but they can be quite expensive.
- Good for long distance travel
- Can handle rough roads
- Expensive unit and maintenance
Our pick: BMW F 800 GS
This bike has a 24-litre tank and it boasts a good performance on paved, slippery, and rough roads using its electromotive throttle controller. The price tag is quite big, but it’s worth it in terms of performance.
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