For those motorcycle riders who take long distance trips, you know that the riding comfort level of the motorcycle (for most riders at least) can be the key deciding factor between the trip being remembered as a dream or being remembered as a nightmare.
For some of us, we've discovered this the hard way; one hundred miles in to a multi-day/1,000 mile trip realizing that although the motorcycle we were riding looked really cool, or was fast as lightning, or handled like a formula one car, it was also taking a toll on your body - playing havoc on your back, jarring the fillings in your teeth with every bump, or sending your backside into a cycle of nagging pain followed by tingling numbness. Now many riders simply don't have the financial resources to have multiple motorcycles - one for day-to-day riding, and another for motorcycle travel so they/you are kind of stuck with what you have. For those riders, this article will help if/when you decide that long distance motorcycle travel comfort is your priority and you're willing to sell your current bike and move over to one that will make your motorcycle longer distance motorcycle travel much more enjoyable. However, for those of riders out there who happen to be in the market now for an ideal type of motorcycle for travel or those of you with the financial means to add another bike to your collection, this article will help you narrow in on the type that will lead to longer and more enjoyable extended rides so read on!
Oh and one other thing. If you're reading this article, most likely you have some experience or thoughts on the topic. Whether those thoughts are based on a bad experience that led you to determine which type of motorcycle to NOT buy/ride on long trips, or whether you've learned great tricks & techniques for maximizing the comfort of long distance rides, or maybe you happen to be a bit of an authority on the best types of motorcycles for long distance travel, whatever the case is we ask that you share those insights, opinions, and anecdotes on this page so other motorcycle riders can take that information & advice into consideration and ultimately put themselves in a position to get the most enjoyment out of their longer motorcycle trips and travels.
Today's Major Motorcycles Types
Over the years, the number of types or classes of motorcycle has grown. And, there really is no definitive source to naming all the different types so we looked at a variety of sources to include US government motorcycle references, major motorcycle manufacturer conventions, and online motorcycle sales websites, to come up with the various motorcycle types you see below. Keep in mind, we tossed out major motorcycle types (e.g., dirtbikes, skooters) that most motorcycle riders would agree aren't simply appropriate for an article that focuses on long distance travel on US roads, highways, and interstates.