Motorcycles are a popular type of vehicle for many people all over the world. They offer both the thrill and beauty of motoring, but also can be very functional depending on the model that is chosen.
There are different types of motorcycles and each has its own unique design. It is a good idea to consider your needs when choosing one for yourself as a new rider.
The standard or naked bike is a common choice as it is easy to maneuver and comes in a variety of sizes from 125cc to 1,000cc and can be fitted with a fairing if desired. It can be used for all sorts of purposes and is a great first motorcycle to learn on.
A cruiser or chopper is another option for riders that like a low seat height and has a more stylish look. These bikes usually have a smaller engine but still can be used for cruising around town and can be fitted with luggage.
The engine of a motorcycle is often the center of attention and is the key to performance. The engine can be a single cylinder, two or four cylinders and is typically mated to a manual transmission to drive the rear wheel. The transmission system is activated by a hand clutch and works with the foot pedal shifter to allow the rider to select gears to propel the bike forward.