Which Type of Harley Davidson Motorcycle is the best for You?

by Johann Schwendler

You've been wanting one for so long. When you hear the roar of the engine, your heart skips a beat. You stop and stare, fantasizing about what it would be like if YOU were using the seat.

Before you go out and buy yourself a Harley, it's wise to do your homework and determine which type of motorcycle is most effective for you. To begin you want to match the type of bike to your riding style, expectations, experience, and ability. You also want to consider how you will be riding the bike.

Last, but not least, you'll want to take into consideration your physical size and skills. A common mistake many people make is to purchase a motorcycle that is too big for the kids. Obviously, this can result in serious injury or death. It's important to select a motorcycle that you can skillfully maneuver and manage.

Harley offers a wide range of motorcycles and can accommodate nearly everyone's needs. Let us take a look at the various types of Harley Davidson motorcycles:

Touring: If you plan on taking road trips, this is the Harley for you personally. However, if you are a beginner, this sort of bike is probably more than it is possible to handle. When these bikes are fully loaded, they could weigh up to 800 pounds. Harley touring bikes include Road Kings and Glides.

Cruisers: Harley Cruisers really are a lighter weight motorcycle than Touring bikes; however, they are still heavy and not suitable for beginners. Cruisers are categorized as Softails and include the Harley Fat Boy, Heritage and Nostalgia models.

Softails: The phrase softail refers to a type of rear suspension system installed to absorb shock. Softails were designed to be similar to the rigid mount design of earlier models; and still provide a more comfortable ride. Harley Softails are a popular choice for daily riding. Many riders select the Softail when they want to create their own custom design advantages.

Softails are lighter in weight than Touring or Cruiser Harley's. Models include the Softail Custom, Springer Softail, Heritage Softail, Heritage Springer, Night Train, Deuce, and Fat Boy.

Dynas: The Dynas model features a dual shock rear suspension like the Touring bikes and a front-end like the Softail and Sportster models. The engine includes a rubber mounted support system to lessen engine vibration. Dynas are available using a wide-glide or narrow-glide front end. This type of bike is an excellent choice for street riding and right for beginners.

Sportster: These are the perfect selection of Harley motorcycles for beginners. These bikes possess a smaller engine and smaller frame and therefore are the lightest bikes made available from Harley-Davidson. Sportsters are the only Harley with two engine sizes, the 883 and 1200. They're about half the cost of the big twin Harley's; making them the most affordable choice the company offers.

V-Rod: The V-Rod is newest Harley model and introduces a water cooled engine. The V-Rod motorcycle gets the style of an imported sport bike, yet retains the stretched out forward controls that are uniquely Harley. This is a good daily riding motorcycle and is really a good choice for those who are experienced in riding.

Buell: Even if this isn't exactly a Harley; Buell sport bikes are created and sold through Hd. Buell motorcycles are a traditional sports bike powered by an American V-Twin engine. Buell motorcycles are a great all-around bike, ideal for daily riding or shorter driving. Several engine sizes can be found, making Buell motorcycles a good choice for beginners to seasoned riders.

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