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sportsbikes

“Sportbike” is an umbrella term that covers all manner of performance-oriented street bikes, but generally refers to bikes from the Asian and European schools of design. The name has more to do with the chassis design and overall look as they can potentially come with anything from 250 cc through two liters. The class includes the supersport, naked, standard and anything else that can be lumped under the crotch-rocket banner. (Triumph Speed Triple, Ducati Monster 1200, GSX-R1000.)

125-400cc sportsbikes

400-600cc sportsbikes

600-750cc sportsbikes

750-1000cc sportsbikes

>1000cc sportsbikes

cruisers

Cruisers are typically built in the American style with a laid-back attitude. Technically a standard, cruisers tend to be heavy and low-slung with mid-mount or forward controls and an upright riding position. Comfort, performance, and curb-appeal combine to make cruisers suitable for the commute, light touring, and hitting the main strip on the weekends. Displacement tends to trend towards the upper end of the spectrum across the range. There are two sub-genres worth mentioning: sport-cruisers and power-cruisers. The latter are generally American-style machines with over 100 horsepower and/or 100 pound-feet of torque, and the former uses a sportbike at its platform with a relaxed rider’s triangle that makes for a comfortable ride. (H-D Softail, Triumph Rocket III, Ducati XDiavel.)

125-400cc cruisers

400-600cc cruisers

600-750cc cruisers

750-1000cc cruisers

>1000cc cruisers

supersports

Supersports are built similar to superbikes/literbikes but with powerplants that fall within the 600 cc to 750 cc range, though the term tends to be used interchangeably with superbike. As a properly represented class in a number of race circuits, the street-legal models frequently benefit from race technology and styling. They serve both as a stepping stone for riders looking to progress up to higher displacement brackets, and as a final destination for riders who want that race-style ride but don’t necessarily want to feed a monster that has no hope of reaching its potential on public roads. (Honda CBR1000RR, Ducati Panigale, GSX-R 1000.)

400-600cc supersports

600-750cc supersports

750-1000cc supersports

>1000cc supersports

cafe racer

Café racers are a type of bobber/roadster that uses a standard/UJM as a platform, and is set up for agile handling characteristics with strong acceleration. The overall top speed is almost irrelevant since their domain is the urban jungle and the premium is on acceleration out of the turns, and the turns themselves. The café-tastic features that define the class include bullet fairings with a cyclops headlight, a smallish fuel tank that contributes to a relatively level flyline, a tail fairing for a solo/racer look and number plates on the flanks in a nod to their racing roots. (Yes, racing from café to pub qualifies...) Short bars pull the rider into a racing posture to emulate the original bars which were frequently the stock bars turned upside-down and backwards with the concurrent tank dings from bar contact. ( H-D Iron 1200, Kawasaki W800, Triumph Street Cup.)

125-400cc cafe racer

400-600cc cafe racer

600-750cc cafe racer

750-1000cc cafe racer

>1000cc cafe racer

dirt bikes

Dirt Bikes

<125cc dirt bikes

125-400cc dirt bikes

400-600cc dirt bikes

600-750cc dirt bikes

scooters

The scooter category, for the most part, uses a distinct drivetrain that puts it apart from the rest of bikedom: the swing-mount drive. It uses the engine and a constantly-variable transmission as stressed units that replace the swingarm you’d find on a motorcycle. Many use an underframe as the main structure with sheet metal body panels, but some of the top-end machines have a stressed-skin monocoque structure instead. Displacement can range from 50 cc at the bottom end all the way up to around 700 cc for a maxi-scooter. Scooters can be set up for basic transportation, commercial use or even touring with windscreen and top case. (Piaggio/Vespa, BMW C 650 GT, Suzuki Burgman.)

<125cc scooters

125-400cc scooters

400-600cc scooters

600-750cc scooters

tourers

Tourers can refer to any bike capable of traveling long distances with dry storage capacity, but typically, they fall into one of three sub-categories; American-style tourers, sport-tourers and adventure-tourers. The former tend to be low, wide and heavy with large engines that are usually the better part of two liters. Front fairings and windshields provide some protection from the elements, and many feature a pair of hard bags and a voluminous top case for storage plus an extensive sound system and Infotainment interface. Sport-tourers are the sportbike equivalent. They tend to have the same general shape as a sportbike/crotch rocket, but are heavier with a priority on both comfort and speed. Lastly, adventure bikes are particularly well-suited to touring as they can be set up with windshields, hard bags and they generally come with creature comforts built in such as heated handgrips/seats and electrically adjustable windscreen. No matter which you choose, it will prefer the open road to close urban traffic and have a tendency toward straight-line stability at the expense of cornering. (H-D Electra Glide, Indian Roadmaster, Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager.)

600-750cc tourers

750-1000cc tourers

>1000cc tourers