At the other end of the cruiser spectrum, lie sportbikes. These special bikes are designed for speed, and trust me, they are not shy about it. It is little wonder they are considered the motorcycle world’s speed machine. Featuring high-performance brakes and sophisticated suspension systems, sportbikes are designed with the latest, if not the greatest, technology that can ever be found on two wheels. These bikes are high-powered and have the ability to outrun even the most exotic supercars. Many experienced riders say that sportbikes are more comfortable when riding above 100 mph because the bike will be in its element. While most of these bikes are not built for distance riding, this has done very little to deter riders from adding a better seat and soft bags so they can go on longer stretches.
Sure, sportbikes are a great fun, but they have a downside just as is the case with many good things. Obviously, sportbikes are not the best choice for beginners; the bikes have prodigious power and a hair-trigger nature. However, if you really need speed, you can go for a lower-powered sportbike or middle-weight sportbike. Thanks to technological advancement in the automotive industry, there is also “sportbike lite” to start with. Although “beginners” bikes retain most of the features of a typical sportbike, including the rakish good look, ABS braking system, ride models, and fuel injection, they have a more manageable power (300 to 500cc); they won’t eject the rider into hyperspace the way a track-focused top-tier machine would do. A-600cc machine has a “small” engine, yet it has tremendous power still. You will need to be careful when leveling up.
Getting More Comfortable on Your Sportbike
Besides the maturity level and skill needed to handle this sophisticated machine, a good understanding of basic riding pointers goes a long way to make a huge difference between loving and loathing your two-wheel machine. For maximum comfort on your sportbike, do the following:
Avoid locking your elbows when riding. Your arms act as shock absorbents for your upper body.
Keep your back straight; this should not be confused with keeping the back upright.
Get a comfortable spot on the seat before starting the bike.
Be in the right riding gear. Body fitting clothing enhances your stability during high speed.
If you can apply the above tips correctly (of course, there are others), then you may regret why you did not begin riding years ago!