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Sleek and Powerful Personality Bikes

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Sleek and Powerful Personality Bikes

Maricon Williams
March 2, 2006

Day in, day out, we are feasting our eyes on different types of bikes – big, small, vintage, modern, classic and flashy.

There are three essential categories of street motorcycles. They are touring, cruisers and sports bikes. Nevertheless, modern innovations and designs have incorporated some of the qualities of the other category. However, let us stick with the basics and discuss them one by one.

Touring motorcycles are good for long and enduring rides. Usually, touring bikes have hard-shell trunks on either side of the fender, windshields, full fairings, dashboard and in-dash audio equipment that may include Global Positioning system. Touring bikes also have high rounded back with armrest so that the riders will be comfortable in his ride. Harley-Davidson’s Road King and Honda’s Gold Wing are examples for this category.

Cruisers and choppers, which belong to the second category, are not that heavy as compared to touring bikes. They are gorgeously captivating and comparable to that of legendary cruisers, and customized choppers. Indeed, they are cool and stylish as professed by many.

Choppers use a frame with a front fork extended and raked beyond the standard stock cruiser. As we can observe choppers are sizzling hot afresh. The continuing paranoia and hype redound to their fame. In fact, there are featured customized cruisers and choppers that are gaining its media exposure and success.

Café racers or sports bikes are also fascinating. They come in colorful facades. They encourage a different sitting posture. The usual thing is that rider’s feet must be put in front, with a sport bike, it puts the rider’s feet under him. Thus, the rider’s tendency is to lean forward over the gas tank with the shoulders and the head straight. This is done to make quick and accurate turns.

Sport bikes are great for nerve-racking riding adventures. Nonetheless, they are not likely to be used for long and steady trails. Honda’s Interceptor, Yamaha’s TMAX and Ducati’s Supersport are some of the bikes in this category.

Off road motorcycles are primarily designed to be tough and sturdy. Examples of this kind are dirt bikes that are designed to conquer hard, rough and grimy treks. Therefore, as not to bottom out, they come with tall frames and high tailpipes. Sports bikes do not have street gear or license plates. To compensate this, they are given yearly green stickers by the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Please visit Yamaha Motorcycle Parts Online site at http://www.yamahamotorcyclepartsonline.com/ for comments and inquiries regarding this article.

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