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Motorcycles are cheaper than cars to buy and run, require a fraction of the space to park and accelerate much faster. They’re also a lot more fun. You’re an integral part of the machine, controlling steering and braking with your body.

But they aren’t very aerodynamic with a rider exposed to the breeze. This leads to high drag compared with smooth, enclosed car designs.

Cruisers

Cruiser motorcycles are often the models that come to mind when people picture a bike, since they’re iconic bikes with a specific style. Many riders love them for their comfort, speed, and power. Some even consider them the perfect model for road trips.

Others, however, say that cruisers aren’t the right choice for extremely long rides due to their vibrations and other aspects. If you’re interested in taking a long trip, you may want to consider a sport or street bike instead.

Additionally, some cruisers can be difficult to handle, especially for newbies. These models feature a low seat height, handlebars, and footpegs. They also consume a lot of fuel and may have slow acceleration. This is why it’s important to take a few cruisers for a test ride before you decide to buy one. Also, some of these motorcycles aren’t ideal for off-roading due to their ground clearance and weight. They’re only meant for paved roads.

Modern-Old Bikes

Modern-old bikes combine timeless aesthetics with contemporary engineering and technology. These bikes often retain traditional models and names while offering riders modern conveniences such as fuel injection, anti-lock brakes and storage capacity.

One example of a modern-old bike is the Jawa Classic. This bike pays homage to the iconic Jawa motorcycles of old, but offers a single-cylinder engine and contemporary engineering.

Another example is the Yamaha XSR 900. While it looks like a vintage motorcycle, the XSR 900 is a thoroughly modern ride that prioritizes strength and resilience.

Whether you are looking for a modern-old bike with an engine that will turn heads or a bike with a simpler braking system, there is a perfect bike for you. All you need to do is pick the model that best fits your style and needs. And don’t forget to pair your new ride with a proper helmet and safety gear.

Commuters/Mini Bikes

Commuters often choose to use bikes to get around for short commuter runs. This concept from Moto Designs offers a unique way of incorporating traditional-inspired transportation solutions in a compact, efficient mini bike that could do the trick.

The Kawasaki Z125 PRO is more than a regular mini bike – it has the big name kudos of one of the world’s top motorcycle manufacturers behind it, bringing some serious performance to this little ride. Twelve-inch wheels tell a typical mini bike story, but the engine here is a full 125 cc, and suspension – a front telescopic fork and disc brakes – is similar to that found on bigger machines.

Developed for dirt track racing by niche American specialists, the BSX 140 has a look that echoes much larger off-road machinery. Its kobbly balloon tyres tell a rugged story too, and with power from a four-stroke 125 cc single cylinder engine this little brute can get up to 24 mph if you’ve got the cowboy boots on.

Electric Bikes

With global warming and climate change as major concerns, e-bikes offer an environmentally friendly way to commute. The electric motor eliminates the need for fossil fuels and reduces noise pollution and road damage.

Pedal-activated systems use sensors to measure pedalling speed and force and regulate motor power to assist only when you are pushing on the pedals. They are usually limited to a top speed of 20mph and are legal for riding on streets, bike lanes and trails.

Many e-bikes also offer a ‘boost’ mode that allows you to add extra power for short bursts on steep grades or off-road trails. You can usually select a desired amount of power through your controller, which is typically mounted on the handlebar. Some models have a display that shows battery level and current setting or allow you to connect to a smartphone app for ride tracking, activity monitoring and settings adjustment. Some e-bikes even use their motor to regenerate energy during braking, helping you conserve power and extend the life of your brake pads.

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