Carole Nash
Content Writer
Published: 25th September 2019

If you’re looking to buy your first motorcycle, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the different types on the market. If you’re unsure where to start and can’t decide which one is right for you, here’s our guide to the different types of motorcycle.


The cruiser is commonly nicknamed the chopper and is ideal for exactly what its name suggests – cruising. Its lower seat height gives it a laid back and care-free vibe. Many cruisers come with the option of adding a little luggage, making them perfect for weekend rides. The engine sizes can vary but tend to go up to 1,000cc or above depending on the brand.

Sports bike

As you could probably have predicted, sports bikes are built to be ridden at speed. Their forward-leaning ergonomics make them fast and agile and ideal for taking on corners safely. Due to the focus on speed, sport bikes are usually on the lighter end of the scale in terms of weight and are typically made from aluminium.

The seats are usually higher than on other motorbikes so the rider is encouraged to lean forward and become more streamlined.

Shorter riders should choose a sport bike with care so not to end up riding on their tip toes.


Touring motorbikes tend to be larger than other types and are ideal for cross-country trips. One of their USPs are the ability to store plenty of belongings, making this a perfect bike for those looking to embark on weekends away. Despite the ability to carry lots of gear, a touring bike’s ergonomics  should enable you to ride for hours at a time without feeling like you’re carrying an impossible amount of weight. Engine sizes are usually large so that you can maintain a good speed.

Dual Sport

Dual Sport motorcycles are perhaps one of the most versatile bikes available. So whether you need lights and a horn for road riding or reliable suspension for off-road trails, you can count on a Dual Sport motorcycle.

The seat height is typically quite high so that you can easily navigate backroads and bumpy trails with ease without having to slow down considerably.

One of the downsides of a Dual Sport bike is that storage space is usually limited.


If you’re looking for a motorbike to help you explore trails and mountains by storm, an off-road motorcycle is a must. The taller seat heights teamed with high suspension make it easier for you to conquer rocky and unpredictable surfaces without too much discomfort. It’s rare to find an off-road motorcycle with lights and turn signals, so if you’re looking for a bike to ride on busy roads or at night, you may be better off with a different type of motorcycle.

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