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Naked BikeCruiser MotorcycleSports MotorcycleTouring MotorcycleSports Touring MotorcycleDual-sport MotorcycleScooterOff-road motorcyclesMopedWhat Motorcycle Insurance is Right for YouTalk to an Expert at Kwiksure Today!
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Many drivers like to ride motorcycles because their flexibility and compact size make it easy to move between different vehicles. But scooters are not the only type of motorcycles out there. In fact, the different types of motorcycles and their English names can be particularly confusing for novice riders. In this article, Kwiksure will introduce to you the nine most common types of motorcycles, as well as their similarities and differences, to help you find the type that suits you best.

Naked Bike

A beginner's guide to types of motorcycles

The biggest difference between a naked bike (also called “street”) and a sports motorbike is that a naked bike does not have a large body spoiler shell. The naked bike was originally designed for daily use. Therefore, the ergonomic design of the naked bike is neutral. The forward-leaning posture is close to the natural human sitting posture. The low to medium height allows you to at least have one foot on the ground when the motorcycle is stationary.

The horsepower ratings for street cars can vary widely, with engines ranging from 125 c.c. used by driving schools to the mighty 1,300 c.c. available on the market. In recent years, with the “literary youth” trend in fashion, many brands have launched models with retro designs. The body lines are also more attractive because the gas tank and the seat are about the same height.

Features:

  • Simple design
  • Suitable for different purposes, whether it is a long journey or for going to work
  • Engines from 125 c.c. to 1,300 c.c.
  • Average seat height
  • Extra storage space can be added
  • Includes motorcycle bag
  • Usually has a small spoiler incorporated
  • Seat can be replaced
  • Suitable for novices

Honda CB750 Hornet

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With a newly designed diamond-shaped steel tube frame weighing only 16.6 kg, the CB750 Hornet is equipped with a 41mm Showa inverted front fork and an engine with a 91.7ps horsepower rating. The seat height is 795 mm, and the seat cushion adopts a “separate front and rear heights” design. Standard, Sport and Rain driving modes are available, as well as a customizable driving mode.

Honda CB750 Hornet
Price HK$82,800
Engine 755 c.c. water-cooled 2-cylinder
Horsepower 91.7 ps / 9,500 rpm
Torque 75 Nm / 7,250 rpm
Gearbox 6 front speeds
Vehicle weight 190 kg
Fuel consumption 23 km/L

Kawasaki Z650RS

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Z650RS is a model inspired by the Z650. With a teardrop-shaped fuel tank, cannonball-shaped instrument panel and imitation steel wire rims and such, it has a strong retro flavor. The seat height is 800 mm, and power comes from a 645c.c. engine delivering 68 ps of horsepower. The front shock absorber is the “KYB 41mm upright” variety, and the brakes use NISSIN’s dual-piston calipers and 300mm floating discs with an ABS system.

Kawasaki Z650RS
Price HK$89,300
Engine 649 c.c. water-cooled 2-cylinder
Horsepower 68 ps / 8,000 rpm
Torque 64 Nm / 6,700 rpm
Gearbox 6 front speeds
Vehicle weight 187 kg
Fuel consumption 23.2 km/L

Cruiser Motorcycle

A beginner's guide to types of motorcycles

Speaking of American cruisers, America’s Harley-Davidson naturally comes to mind, which is one of the most popular motorcycle models. The American cruiser is also called “chopper” because of the sound of its exhaust. Designed mainly for long-distance journeys, it is suitable for drivers who value comfort. At the same time, its powerful engine allows you to enjoy the thrill of speed.

Japanese motorcycle manufacturers also produce American-style cruisers. To suit the driving environment, the engines are somewhat less powerful, which makes them more suitable for new motorcycle drivers. The shiny electroplated components and classic look of the American-style cruiser will surely make people turn heads.

Features:

  • Low seat height
  • Extra storage space on both sides of the rear wheel
  • Suitable for long trips
  • Engines from 250 c.c. to 1,900 c.c.
  • Comfortable seats
  • Design that speaks of free-spiritedness

Kawasaki Vulcan S

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The Kawasaki Vulcan S, which has an extremely low seat height of 705 mm, was launched in 2015. Although it is a cruiser model, its chassis is derived from a sports model and has a short wheelbase design. The Vulcan S has the ERGO-FIT system, which allows the height of the handlebar to be changed to suit drivers of different body types. Female drivers can also easily drive the Vulcan S.

Kawasaki Vulcan S
Price HK$85,000
Engine 649 c.c. water-cooled 2-cylinder
Horsepower 61 ps / 7,500 rpm
Torque 62.7 Nm / 6,600 rpm
Gearbox 6 front speeds
Vehicle weight 228 kg
Fuel consumption 23 km/L

Honda Rebel 250

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The traditional American cruiser with high handlebars may not be suitable for Asians. Honda launched the Rebel in the 1980s mainly with Asian users in mind. The new-generation Rebel 250 has a fuel tank even more masculine in appearance and is equipped with modern equipment like a LED headlight and an LED digital instrument panel, while the 690mm seat cushion height helps keep the feeling of a cruiser with a low center of gravity.

Honda Rebel 250
Price HK$49,800
Engine 249 c.c. water-cooled single-cylinder
Horsepower 26 ps / 9,500 rpm
Torque 22 Nm / 7,750 rpm
Gearbox 6 front speeds
Vehicle weight 171 kg
Fuel consumption 33.7 km/L

Sports Motorcycle

A beginner's guide to types of motorcycles

Sports motorcycles are designed for the pursuit of speed, with the body equipped with a large fairing to reduce wind resistance. The forward-leaning driving posture means prolonged driving will place a burden on the waist. Sports motorcycles are designed for superior acceleration, braking and turning on flat roads (such as racetracks), often at the expense of some comfort and convenience.

Unless you plan to go racing, a sports motorcycle is not the first choice for novices. After all, the stop-and-go traffic in Hong Kong makes super-fast cars rather pointless. However, sports motorcycles excel in their agility, with their forward-leaning ergonomics allowing you to turn with ease.

Features:

  • Low-wind-resistance fairing
  • Lighter vehicle weight
  • Made of lightweight materials such as aluminum to enhance the driver's control
  • The higher seat allows the driver to tilt the motorcycle more without scratching the footpegs or fairing
  • The higher footpegs allow the driver can clamp the car body more easily and drive more smoothly
  • Superior braking system employing high-performance brake discs, pads and calipers
  • Superior suspension system
  • The body is larger than other motorcycles
  • Engines from 250 c.c. to over 1,300 c.c.

Yamaha YZF-R1

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Yamaha's flagship-grade sports motorcycle, the YZF-R1, has gone through many generations since its launch in 1998 and is deeply loved by sports car fans. In addition to changes in appearance, the new-generation YZF-R1 also adds a two-stage braking mode, Corneting ABS, and three-stage engine traction adjustment to suit different usage environments.

Yamaha YZF-R1
Price HK$198,000
Engine 998 c.c. water-cooled four-cylinder
Horsepower 200 ps / 13,500 rpm
Torque 113.3 Nm / 11,500 rpm
Gearbox 6 front speeds
Vehicle weight 201 kg
Fuel consumption 15.2 km/L

Aprilia RS 660 Extrema

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The Aprilia RS 660 uses an aluminum double-beam frame to achieve a weight of only 169kg. The Extrema version comes with original SC Project exhaust pipes, carbon fiber front mudguard and carbon fiber lower spoiler. It also has the APRC system which the manufacturer is proud of, in which the tracking and anti-skid functions, ABS and electronic throttle can be adjusted by yourself.

Aprilia RS 660 Extrema
Price HK$143,000
Engine 659 c.c. water-cooled 2-cylinder
Horsepower 101 ps / 10,500 rpm
Torque 67 Nm / 11,500 rpm
Gearbox 6 front speeds
Vehicle weight 169 kg
Fuel consumption 20.4 km/L

Related article: 5 tips for beginners to choose the right motorcycle

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Touring Motorcycle

A beginner's guide to types of motorcycles

Touring motorcycles, which are also suitable for long-distance driving, are equipped with even more luxury equipment, and have even higher load capacity and more features than American-style cruisers. Therefore, they are usually heavier than ordinary motorcycles and consume more fuel. If you choose to buy a touring motorcycle, be prepared to spend more on fuel.

Touring motorcycles are less maneuverable because they are designed for open, long-distance roads. If you find touring motorcycles too heavy and difficult to handle, we recommend that you choose a lighter motorcycle, such as the scooter or moped.

Features:

  • Plenty of storage space
  • Comprehensive fairing reduces wind resistance
  • Wide rear seat with backrest
  • Huge fuel tank and engine
  • Soft seat
  • Engines from 1,000 c.c. to 1,800 c.c.
  • Comes with charging ports
  • Moderate handlebar height

Honda Goldwing Tour

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With a price of up to HK$300,000, the Goldwing is considered by many to represent recreational motorcycles. It has all the luxury equipment one can imagine, including a 55W sound system, a 7-inch color instrument panel, and supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Keyless car key can be used to start the engine and operate the trunk lid, and the trunk is spacious enough to hold two full face helmets.

Honda Goldwing Tour
Price HK$298,000
Engine 1,833 c.c. water-cooled 6-cylinder
Horsepower 126 ps / 5,500 rpm
Torque 170 Nm / 4,500 rpm
Gearbox 7 front speeds
Vehicle weight 365 kg
Fuel consumption 17.8 km/L

BMW BMW K 1600 GTL

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The BMW K 1600 GTL, powered by a 1,649 c.c. straight-six engine, sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.4 seconds. The K 1600 GTL is also well equipped: In addition to electric windshield height adjustment, heated handlebars, heated seats, cruise control functions and a Bluetooth four-channel sound system, the headlights will also automatically adjust the illumination angle based on the vehicle body’s level.

BMW K 1600 GTL
Price HK$362,800
Engine 1,649 c.c. water-cooled 6-cylinder
Horsepower 160 ps / 7,750 rpm
Torque 180 Nm / 5,250 rpm
Gearbox 6 front speeds
Vehicle weight 350 kg
Fuel consumption 16.9 km/L

Sports Touring Motorcycle

A beginner's guide to types of motorcycles

As the name suggests, a sports touring motorcycle combines the characteristics of a cruiser and a sports motorcycle, and is suitable for drivers who value performance and often drive long distances. A sports touring motorcycle allows the driver to experience the benefits of both a cruiser and a sports motorcycle. They are very suitable for driving in the city or on long trips. The engine generally starts from 750 c.c. At the same time, cruising sports cars are generally equipped with a trunk and side cases, which add to the total storage space and make it easier to store luggage for traveling across states and provinces.

Features:

  • The seat is even higher than on ordinary touring motorcycles
  • Compared with sports motorcycles, it offers better storage options and can carry more luggage for long-distance trips
  • Engine sizes range from medium to large, from 750 c.c. to 1,300 c.c.
  • Comprehensive fairing reduces air resistance
  • Superior rear seat support
  • Seat position similar to on a sports motorcycle
  • Powerful braking system

Kawasaki NINJA H2 SX SE

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The Kawasaki NINJA H2 SX SE is tailor-made for long-distance driving and is equipped with the ARAS driver-assistance system, which uses a radar to detect its distances from the front and from the rear vehicles, issuing a warning if a collision with the front vehicle is imminent. The vehicle will also automatically adjust the headlight’s illuminated distance based on the detection results, which is particularly convenient when driving on suburban roads without sufficient street lights.

Kawasaki NINJA H2 SX SE
Price HK$268,000
Engine 998 c.c. water-cooled 4-cylinder
Horsepower 200 ps / 11,000 rpm
Torque 137.3 Nm / 9,500 rpm
Gearbox 6 front speeds
Vehicle weight 268 kg
Fuel consumption 18.5 km/L

Dual-sport Motorcycle

A beginner's guide to types of motorcycles

You may have heard of sports motorcycles and sports touring motorcycles, but what about dual-sport motorcycles? Dual-sport motorcycles are perfect wherever you want to go, because they can cope with different road conditions. A dual-sport motorcycle looks a bit like an off-road motorcycle, but because the body is relatively bulky it cannot be used to perform stunts on slopes like an off-road motorcycle. Dual-sport motorcycles are very suitable for novice drivers, for both on- and off-road driving. However, a drawback with dual-sport motorcycles is their limited storage space, but you can mitigate this with additional storage cases.

Features:

  • Suspension system fit for off-road driving
  • Off-road tires
  • Higher driver's seat
  • Engine sizes range from 125 c.c. to 1,300 c.c.

Ducati Multistrada V4 S

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The tall Ducati Multistrada V4 S has a seat height of 840 mm, but its Minimum Preload mode will automatically detect the vehicle speed and lower the suspension system when it slows down to a predetermined speed, making it easier for the driver to stand and keep the vehicle in balance. The Multistrada V4 S has comprehensive functions, and is equipped with front and rear detection radars and a blind spot monitoring function.

Ducati Multistrada V4 S
Price HK$316,800
Engine 1,158 c.c. water-cooled 4-cylinder
Horsepower 172 ps / 10,500 rpm
Torque 125 Nm / 8,750 rpm
Gearbox 6 front speeds
Vehicle weight 218 kg
Fuel consumption 15.4 km/L

Suzuki V-Strom DL1050 XT

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As a vehicle for both off-road and on-road use, the Suzuki V-Strom DL1050 XT is rather hefty at 236 kg. One benefit from its heavy weight is the added stability in strong winds, but the seat height of 855 mm makes the DL 1050 XT more suited to taller users. The windshield is manually adjustable in two ways, and the rear rack and handrail are equipped with multiple frames for conveniently strapping packages to the vehicle.

Suzuki V-Strom DL1050 XT
Price HK$119,000
Engine 1,037 c.c. water-cooled 2-cylinder
Horsepower 107.4 ps / 8,500 rpm
Torque 100 Nm / 6,000 rpm
Gearbox 6 front speeds
Vehicle weight 236 kg
Fuel consumption 23 km/L

Scooter

A beginner's guide to types of motorcycles

The biggest difference between a scooter and a traditional motorcycle is that you don’t need to use your feet for braking or shifting gears, which greatly reduces the difficulty of driving a scooter. A scooter can be easily controlled with just two hands, and its look creates a leisurely feel. The large storage space under the seat makes scooters suitable for urban commuting or delivering small packages. However, as users demand more power and storage space, larger scooters have been introduced, and their body size, horsepower, and storage space have all significantly increased.

Features:

  • Easy to control
  • The low center of gravity makes it easy to navigate in streets and narrow alleys
  • Plentiful storage space
  • Different engine sizes, from 50 c.c. to 500 c.c.
  • Extra seat for a passenger

Vespa GTV 300

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The GTV 300 maintains Vespa's traditional lightweight look. The LED headlight is placed over the front wheel and illuminates in the direction the vehicle is going, enhancing practicality and making the vehicle look more cute at the same time. An LCD digital instrument panel displays multiple driving information. The 278 c.c. engine powering the Vespa has a horsepower rating of 24 ps, and is the highest-performance engine in the current Vespa lineup.

Vespa GTV 300
Price HK$62,800
Engine 278 c.c. water-cooled single-cylinder
Horsepower 24 ps / 7,750 rpm
Torque 22 Nm / 5,000 rpm
Gearbox Continuously variable transmission (CVT)
Vehicle weight 165 kg
Fuel consumption 28 km/L

Yamaha XMAX 300

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One of the most important features of a large scooter is a large storage space. When you open the seat cushion of the XMAX 300, you can store two full face helmets in the storage area beneath the seat. Since the storage space is extremely long, you can even put items like tennis rackets in it. Moreover, there are two storage compartments and a 12V socket at the front for convenient charging of mobile phones.

Yamaha XMAX 300
Price HK$66,800
Engine 292 c.c. water-cooled single-cylinder
Horsepower 28 ps / 7,250 rpm
Torque 29 Nm / 5,750 rpm
Gearbox Continuously variable transmission (CVT)
Vehicle weight 183 kg
Fuel consumption 33.3 km/L

Off-road motorcycles

A beginner's guide to types of motorcycles

As a novice driver, you may have endless imaginations about motorcycles. With an off-road motorcycle, these imaginations may even come true! Off-road motorcycles are designed to do things that ordinary motorcycles cannot: climbing over mountains and ridges, shuttling through the woods, and performing stunts on slopes, etc. To do these things, most off-road motorcycles have long and narrow bodies, super-low body weights, high-torque engines, high seat settings and long-travel suspensions. Some models even come with different driving modes, traction control, ABS, output boost for low engine rpm, etc. With these features, it is no longer impossible to find your own way into uncharted territory.

Features:

  • Higher seat to clear obstacles
  • The long-travel suspension system can significantly smooth out bumpy rides
  • Tires with deep grooves
  • Engine sizes from 125 c.c. to 450 c.c.

KTM 250 EXC

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Many participants in international off-road motorcycle races choose KTM motorbikes–proof positive that the quality is beyond doubt. The 250 EXC frame is made of chromoly steel, and the swingarm is made of aluminum. The car is astonishingly light at only 103.6 kg, and even a 250 c.c. engine is more than up to the job.

KTM 250 EXC
Price HK$109,800
Engine 249 c.c. water-cooled single-cylinder
Horsepower 50 ps
Torque 34 Nm
Gearbox 6 front speeds
Vehicle weight 103.6 kg
Fuel consumption 10 km/L

Moped

A beginner's guide to types of motorcycles

Many people wonder whether a moped is a scooter or a scooter subcategory. According to the Cambridge Dictionary, a moped is "a small motorcycle with pedals", so strictly speaking a moped is also a motorcycle. However, because a moped is powered by an engine with a small output (or a small electric motor), it is not suitable for Hong Kong and is only suitable for short-distance travel in other places.

Characteristics:

  • A lightweight body similar to that of a bicycle
  • Even smaller engines (50 c.c. or less)
  • Some mopeds use electric motors
  • Minimal or no storage space
  • Minimal or no pairing for reducing drag

Honda Dax e:

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For short-distance travel, electric two-wheelers are indeed more convenient. Honda released the Dax e: in the Mainland at the beginning of this year. Its appearance is based on the Dax, a gasoline-powered motorcycle from the same manufacturer. It is both light and playful. Dax e: has a range of 80 km, uses Bosch motors, and has a top speed of 25 km/h.

Honda Dax e:
Motor Bosch permanent magnet
Power 400 W
Range 80 km
Top speed 25 km/h
Vehicle weight 54.2 kg

What Motorcycle Insurance is Right for You

After reading the above introduction, we believe you now have a better understanding of the different types of motorcycles. But before rushing to buy a car, you need to first consider the matter of motorcycle insurance. Motorcycle insurance in Hong Kong is divided into third-party insurance, third-party plus theft and fire insurance, and comprehensive insurance.

Related article: Five Things to Consider When Buying Motorcycle Insurance

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