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Types of Motorcycles: A Beginner's Resource

Dec 29, 2018 6:00:00 PM / by RumbleOn Road Captain

What are the different types of motorcycles?

If you are looking for your first motorcycle, there can be an overwhelming amount of information that you need to consume before you make a decision. You may have a specific make and model in mind for what you want, but is that really the best option for you?


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There are different families of bikes, and each type of motorcycle serves a different, yet very specific purpose. If you're looking for the top beginner motorcycle, it’s important to figure out each motorcycle type, their strengths, and their weaknesses. What type of motorcycle would fit your riding style the best? Which is easiest to learn? All are important questions for beginner motorcycle riders.

This infographic lays out some of the defining features of each motorcycle type. It’s important to take size, weight, simplicity, and efficiency into account before you buy your first motorcycle, and this illustration is a good starting point!

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Which motorcycle type is best for you 

What do you think is the most important factor when buying your first motorcycle? Leave a comment with your opinion on the top beginner motorcycle!


RumbleOn Road Captain

Written by RumbleOn Road Captain

Your fearless leader in all things to do with motorcycle education. I cover tips and advice for motorcycle riders, motorcycle product reviews, and pretty much anything I think is useful to my fellow bikers.