The custom bike building scene in the Philippines has been reaching far out spreading the passion and culture. We see them on the streets. We see them online. Surprised that your neighbor is stripping his bike and asking where to get parts he was looking for his new project that he saw on a friend’s Facebook page. Suddenly, your friend is a motor-freak. That’s great actually, more riding buddies.
It’s a great culture getting to know a lot of people of all ages sharing the same excitement on custom bike building. It could be easy, it could be hard. But what is more important is the willingness to start and having fun along the way.
Where To Start?
It has got to start somewhere, but we also need to know what bike would suit us, how it’s properly made, fitting to the most common categories of motorcycle. We have to know the basics, which happen to any aspect in life after all. The following images illustrated by Rich Lee, are the visual guides of the common motorcycle categories shared to everyone by MotoIntro.
The Sport Bike
These machines are focused on performance, acceleration, cornering, and braking. They’re as light and powerful as possible, and typically not as comfortable as other types of motorcycles.
Many modern standards, also called naked bikes, offer nearly all the performance of full-on sportbikes but with more comfortable riding positions and a bit more overall utility. This is a rapidly growing segment.
The Dual Sport
Part road, part dirt, so-called dual-sports are street legal and capable of highway travel as well as urban/suburban commuting. But they can also tackle off-road trails on the weekends.
Stemming from the styling themes laid down by Harley-Davidson, most cruisers are low, long, and somewhat mean looking. Their main benefit is low seat height along with a certain visual swagger.
Today’s touring bikes are built for the long haul and include full weather protection, waterproof luggage, and other amenities like heated handgrips, stereos, and comfortable seats.
The Adventure Touring
Another fast-growing genre is often called just ADV. These bikes are patterned after the long-popular BMW R-GS bikes, which are basically large street machines that also offer some off-road capability.
Often for city dwellers, there’s nothing more functional than a scooter. Bigger scooters are comfortable for larger riders, have locking luggage space, and get phenomenal mileage.
With styling that recalls motorcycling’s roots mated to modern technology like antilock brakes and fuel injection, today’s retro bikes are both mechanically simple and utterly reliable.
There, all we need to know on where to start. Ride safe!
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