Sport Bike Tips and Gear : Knowing the Difference Between Sport Bikes & Cruisers

Sport Bike Tips and Gear : Knowing the Difference Between Sport Bikes & Cruisers


Hi, my name’s Chad. I want to talk a little
bit about sport bikes and the differences between sport bikes and other kinds of bikes.
As everybody’s probably noticed on the street, you see all kinds of bikes from long, stretched
out choppers all the way down to little, tiny dirt bikes to sport bikes. Basically, what
makes a sport bike different from other bikes is it is made purely for performance. And
that means that it’s short, so it will turn very quickly, makes a lot of horsepower, so
it has a very tuned motor, which means that it takes a lot of upkeep. It makes it very
expensive- you’re talking about race parts, they’re essentially parts that came off
the race track at one point. A sport bike is also not made for comfort. Comfort is not
an issue on a sport bike. It’s made for you to sit on and be in the right position
to ride fast. To have the optimal body position. Other bikes, like cruisers, tend to be a little
bit more for comfort. They tend to not turn very quickly, they’re made just to kind
of go in a straight line and kind of go relatively slow. Acceleration doesn’t even come close,
and the braking usually not even close. They weigh a whole lot more. They’re made more
for just sitting back, kind of like a Cadillac versus a Ferrari. That’s really kind of
what its like. A sport bike, really, in some ways is probably the safest bike you can buy
because it turns quickly, it stops quickly, and it accelerates quickly. And those are
the only advantages that you have on a motorcycle. In a car, you’re surrounded by steel, and
you’re big and you don’t have to worry- that’s your protection. On a motorcycle,
not being there is your protection. So in that sense, in many ways a sport bike is the
safest bike you can ride, as long as you control yourself. Don’t go too fast, don’t accelerate
too quickly. Cruiser bikes are not made to do that, they’re not made to turn quickly,
stop quickly, or accelerate quickly relative to a sport bike. So that really makes the
sport bike in many ways, in my opinion, a much superior product unless you plan to go
on a long, long ride. Then you’re probably not going to want to be on one of these because
they’re not made for you to be comfortable. But that’s the basic differences- sports
bike are all about performance, in every way, and cruiser bikes are often about the way
they look, the way they sound, and about an easy ride for longer periods and long distances.