Street bikes refer to the average, everyday motorcycles that we ride to work or play, in our daily lives. These street bikes have been specially designed for long distance travel, congested urban traffic and in some cases, negotiating bad roads even. They are built on standardized parameters that allow them to suit a majority of the targeted users who use street bikes for everything from transport to entertainment.
History of Street Bikes
The first street bike was developed by founders of Mercedes, Mr. Daimler and Mr. Maybach, in 1885. Known as the Reitwagen, or riding car, the motorcycle was propelled by petroleum as opposed to an 1867 version that was steam-powered. Over the years, street bikes have adapted their style and performance to match the growing rigors of daily lives. During the two great World Wars, they took the role of supporting the military and became a fast and nippy source of transport across the war-ridden countryside and cities.
If you are looking to purchase a street bike, then your options are limitless. With all major manufacturers producing scores of models under this category, you can buy street bikes of any size, power or color. Depending on your budget, you can either purchase a first-hand model from a showroom, or opt for a used bike at a much lower cost. But when buying used bikes it is important to know what to look out for. Now apart from cost, the most important criteria is the type of street bike you want to buy. Some options for you to chose from include standard bikes, cruisers, sport bikes, touring motorcycles, scooters, or even sidecars & trikes.
General commuting purposes as best met by the standard bikes, which offer you enough power and flexibility to have a good ride. Some examples are Ducati's Monster series, Suzuki's 600 and 1200 Bandits, Honda's CB750 Nighthawk and many others. Cruisers on the other hand are more popular for short trips, as the lean back position and mostly small seats can make long journeys uncomfortable. Sport bikes are mostly for racing, and can cost quite a bit, as they offer maximum power and maneuverability. Touring motorcycles are ideal for long trips, complete with luggage space. Their excess weight might make them a little difficult to maneuver around tight corners, but they are very stable when driving along an open road. Some popular touring motorcycles are Harley Davidson's Road King, Honda Gold Wing amongst others.
Understanding that standard street bikes are not meant for racing is essential. They can cause serious damage to the rider as well as stander bys. Read up about as many bike models as possible and make an informed choice. Riding responsibly is important, so practice as much as you can on your new bike. In case you are interested, you can even build your own bike, though that requires in depth knowledge of the workings of these machines. Whatever be your reason, a love for speed and smooth driving are enough to get you hooked onto street bikes.