About Our Selections
Our selections were made with the following criteria in mind:
Standard: We took the default definition of a standard motorcycle, that of a riding position that has a 90 degree bend at the knee, upright body with allowance for 10 to 15 degrees lean forward, and raised and back handlebars. This segment most often also includes the neo-retro style of motorcycle, so those are considered as well
Sport: Everything from a sport naked, sport tourer, supersport, or superbike was considered here. We did not default to the thought that the best sport bike must be a superbike, because the sport segment is so massive that superbikes are just one corner of it.
Cruiser: For this segment, we considered any motorcycle with a low and wide saddle behind a long fuel tank and pulled back handlebars as a cruiser, as their defining characteristic is their very relaxed riding position. While V-twins are the preferred engine in this segment, we did not limit ourselves to just that engine type.
Adventure: This segment includes any such bike that can perform both on-road and off-road duties, while also being robust, reliable, and capable of multiple day adventures away from the beaten path. By default, this segment does include dual-sport motorcycles.
Electric: Pretty much what it says on the label, for this segment we considered any motorcycle that is only propelled by an electric motor and battery combination.