Motorbikes, or motorcycles if you prefer, are highly popular icons of vehicular identity that have connotations of individualism, daring and danger. There are about 200 million motorbikes worldwide so they’re quite popular.
Types of Motorbikes
There are various types of motorbikes like street, off-road, and dual purpose motorbikes that each serve specific purposes. The first category, street, are geared to be ridden on paved roads. The smooth tyres, light tread pattern, speeds up to 100 mph, and fuel efficiency all make them highly ideal for this purpose. The various types of street bikes include cruisers, sport bikes, touring bikes, sport touring bikes, naked/standard bikes, feet-forwards bikes, scooters, and mopeds. True bikers may not recognise scooters and mopeds in this category but they are still bikes.
Off-road bikes are made for specific functions. Their weight is light, they have long suspension travel, they have simple construction, large knobby tyres, and they’re used for motocross, rally raid, trials, and track racing. These are the bikes for whom street racing just isn’t dangerous enough. We’ve written an interesting article on motorcross safety equipment if this is something that interests you.
The third category, dual purpose, or dual-sport, bikes are designed to be driven on the road, however, they can enter off-road situations. Some types of this category include adventure-touring, Enduro, and Supermoto.
There are also specialty bikes like a farm bike, derny, and towing bike. Concept bikes are also considered to reside in their own special category.
Bike Parts & Accessories
Motorbike equipment is more extensive compared to other types of bikes. There is motorbike luggage, racks, covers, security, accessories, clothing, visors, intercoms, helmets, boots, underwear, eyewear, batteries, brake pads, chains, cleaning equipment, exhausts, lights, mirrors, oil, oil filters, protectors, screens, and various tools.
Motorbike accessories are loosely divided into helmets, gloves, boots, leather clothing, non-leather clothing, helmet and clothing accessories, general accessories, DVDs for learning, training, and working with your motorbike, luggage, and accessories specific to sportbikes, touring bikes, and cruisers. Each part of your bike has its own special profile of accessory equipment that makes it function better. There are even fun accessories that really don’t matter much at all except from a stylistic, decorative, or artistic perspective like caps and beanies, key rings, decals, model bikes, and casual wear.
When getting started in motorbikes, it is important to spend a lot of time working with someone that knows how to ride in a field, parking lot, or out of the way grassy area so that you can learn the basics of riding. It is just like learning to drive a car, and don’t expect to be able to know how to do it right away. There are specific rules of the road, characteristics, and certain things that only apply to motorcycles, and you can’t learn them on your own. You must have an expert to teach you, or at least someone that is adept in riding motorcycles to a sufficient degree. Make sure that you are not shy of any of the equipment or accessories, that your bike is legal for the street, and that has passed registration and inspection.