We’ve traveled down this path before when we asked what types of bikes our readers have owned. What we learned there, frankly, didn’t surprise us too much. You’ve owned a bunch of different motorcycles. That makes you a lot like us. We like motorcycles – all motorcycles. As an industry friend once said about our profession, “All motorcycles good; we investigate.”

Within this simple truth – being that there are no truly bad motorcycles anymore – there lies another truth: All motorcycles are good; some are more good than others. (With apologies to George Orwell.) All of the MO staff have their personal favorites. You may even suspect that you know our writing well enough to surmise our leanings. Thank you for reading so closely.

Now, we want to turn the lens towards you, our readers. What is your favorite type of motorcycle? It may be a hard choice, but sitting down and thinking the prospects over will probably remind you of all the good times you’ve had on two wheels. So, where’s the harm in that?

So, go ahead. What is your favorite type of motorcycle? FYI, there is a correct answer.

  • Sentinel

    It depends on if you want more narrowly focused bike or not, but for me, I like a bike that is just a good all around bike that can be customized by me to do what I want it to do rather than be pigeonholed into what some marketing guy at the company thought I should want to do. My choice is a “Standard”.

    • ColoradoS14

      With how good the naked/streetfighters are these days I don’t think I could go with a standard, standard anymore.

      • Sentinel

        They will never match or beat a Standard for anything other than sporting use.

        • ColoradoS14

          For cruising around? Yea, I suppose. But I don’t think you really give up much if anything in the way of comfort by buying a Bonneville over a Monster do you?

  • sgray44444

    there should be a selection for “there is no best motorcycle”. It’s such a highly personal thing and I can find multiple categories that, at any given time, would suit me. Since I had to choose, I chose adventure touring. I find it to be the best all-around compromise. You can truly do anything with this type of motorcycle.

  • Gruf Rude

    The best kind of motorcycle? The kind I happen to be riding at the moment.

    • Evans Brasfield

      Now, you’re getting with the spirit of things!

    • Tinwoods

      Uh, yeah, that was a box to check above.

      • Gruf Rude

        Uh, no, it wasn’t.

  • JMDonald

    There are very few bikes I don’t like at my advanced age.

    • Mahatma

      If you are in advanced years,I can guarantee you won’t like /apart from estetics) RVF400!;)

      • JMDonald

        You’re right. I don’t like it.

  • Gee S

    Parked in my garage….and is Paid For. 🤑

    • Tinwoods

      Once again, that was box to check above.

      • spiff

        Would you mind doing commentary for all comments? Up until now I have been so confused.

  • Michael Howard

    But… but… I don’t HAVE a garage! WTF?!

    Seriously, though, my bike is actually NOT the best type of motorcycle. It’s just capable of the different kinds of riding I do most of the time. Until I can afford to own and support 5+ different bikes (and have a garage), I have to own just one that can handle everything.

    • ColoradoS14

      So….adventure touring?

    • Mahatma

      UJM?A sub-questionaire;)

    • Michael Howard

      To some people, my motorcycle isn’t a “motorcycle” at all. It’s a 400cc maxi-scooter. Since I ride every day unless ice is involved, and because I take a large laptop and other things back and forth to work, I need a bike that can carry those things. Few saddlebags or even top cases can swallow my 17.3″ laptop — but it fits under my Majesty’s saddle with room to spare.

      No, it’s not a sport bike but I can outride most (if not all) of the cruisers that (over)populate my town. And, no, I tend to avoid going off-pavement because, even though I can handle it being squirrelly on gravel roads, the thought of what dropping it would do to all the bodywork isn’t very appealing. It’s actually a pretty competent touring bike, though my longest roadtrip has only been a two-day, 1000 mile round trip to Hell (it’s in Michigan).

      So, no, it absolutely isn’t the “best motorcycle” for anything at all — other than for what I need it for.

  • Mahatma

    Sadly I suffer from grass is always greener on the other side syndrome.But went with UJM.

  • Starmag

    Whichever one ( or many ) that make you happy.

  • kenneth_moore

    Sport Touring. Because I NEVER leave the pavement (on purpose) and I like riding all day.

  • ColoradoS14

    Living in Colorado, I had to go with adventure touring. I own a naked/streetfighter and absolutely love the category, beats the pants off a sportbike any day of the week However, if you told me that I could only ride one category of bike for the rest of my life ADV for sure. I just don’t know how you could beat it as a last bike you will ever own type of bike. Something like a KTM Super Adventure, I can ride it to Alaska, bomb canyons, take it up forest service roads to go camping, ride to work, take a passenger, smoke guys on 600cc sportbikes…. With that being said, it is going to be hard to not buy a Tuono 1100 Factory for my next bike….

  • Vrooom

    You need some definitions, there are Adventure, Adventure Touring, and Dual Sport as categories. Lot’s of room for overlap there. Together they make up 25% of the selections, which would be the largest category.

    • Evans Brasfield

      Yeah, but then people would argue with me over the definitions…

    • methamphetasaur

      Yeah. Any UJM bike [which I had to google by the way] could also fit squarely in the ‘standard’ or ‘vintage’ category as well.

  • Jaime Berrones

    I choose the one parked in my garage wich i love but my real answer would be that i want to have a lot of motorcycles each one for a different purpose, one for a track day, one for a long trip, one for conmmute,one to be a hooligan,one classic,one to go dirt one to be the envy
    there is no best kind of motorcycle, there are just different tastes of riding thas is why i love this world where you can be what you choose

  • Mark Vizcarra

    You forgot Turbo BUSA

  • John B.

    If the Panama Papers revelations made you think of Orwell’s Animal Farm, I’m with you!

    Four wheels good, two wheels better. Over 99% of my motorcycling experience has been on the sport-tourer I currently own. As such, I don’t know anything about “more good” in this context. Similar to how astronomers use bent light waves to predict the location of massive objects, however, I can use my sport tourer riding experience to predict my favorite bike’s characteristics.

    Massive astronomical objects such as black holes bend space-time, which among other things, causes the observed location of certain objects to deviate from their predicted location. Astronomers use these deviations to discover black holes and other extremely massive objects. That is to say, when light bends it must be passing near something massive, and that massive something must exist.

    My bike weighs 688 pounds. At speeds under ten miles per hour, it’s a load. I predict a bike around 120 pounds lighter would be more good. If we nix the shaft drive, potato launcher exhaust, and electric motor for the windshield, but keep the full fairings, side bags, and center stand, we lose significant weight, improve maneuverability, and increase the power to weight ratio, while retaining long distance capability. That sounds more good to me.

    The KTM 1290 Super Duke GT and KTM 1290 Super Adventure meet or exceed this description. I’ll take either one or both in black as my favorite! I may wait until after the next American Revolution to make such a conspicuous purchase however. The best way to protect yourself from proletariat storming the gate is not to own a gate. Besides, the happiest animals live simple lives.

    • Old MOron

      Doubleplusgood, John B.

      Heh, does the B stand for “brother”?

    • Rob Alexander

      I second those choices as I lust after the Super Duke GT, currently own its predecessor, the 990 SMT, and have owned a 950 Adv, which I can attest to being an amazing all-arounder (if less than perfectly reliable)… But which category do the SDGT/SMT fit into?

  • Tinwoods

    Interesting how many people felt compelled to write what they could have just checked in a box. No further comment, just writing out what was there to check.

  • spiff

    If you can have two: Everyone needs a sport tourer (superduke GT/ MV Turismo) or a naked (superduke /MT09) and bike two should be a supermoto. Hooligan fun, agile around town, and sane speeds for track days.

  • spiff

    Could you ask the people who make the poll template to make a view results button?

  • Campisi

    … Someone had to pick “scooter.”

  • kawatwo

    I think it’s usually the first one you fall in love with. For me that was a 86 250 ninja with the white wheels and the red seat. It was also quite comfy. I use all of my bikes in a sport-touring role whether they are that or not:)

  • DL Nielsen

    I marked “the one parked in my garage” because one of them (there are several in two garages) has to be the best one but I haven’t figured out which one that is. Which has a bearing on why there are so many. I have bikes in several different categories, from scooters to sport tourers. Each one is good individually but some are better for that day’s intended purpose than another. I concur with Michael Howard’s comments on his Majesty because I have one, too. I prefer to use the scooters for commuting, although I have done a bit of touring with one, and leave the touring to the rest. Well, sort of. There is no way I’m touring with the Speed Triple.

  • Jamo11

    Lately I’ve thought that the Suzuki Bandit, with a half fairing, was the best motorcycle, Torquey, direct and comfortable. Nice traditional style and affordable.

    I’d like Harley Davidson to offer their Road King in a standard set-up, no bags, no highway lights, no engine guard. Just a standard. A Street King. That would be a buy.

  • Douglas

    I thought we’d already decided that……last month, wasn’t it?

    • Evans Brasfield

      February, and that was what types of bikes have you owned. Quite a different question, no?


      • Douglas

        Oh, yr right…..never mind.

  • Old MOron

    The best motorcycle?
    That’s the one that’s been teased by the OEM, but is not yet available. Damnit.

    Or the one that’s available, but is not imported to the U.S. Damnit.

    Or the one that’s imported, but I can’t afford. Damnit.

    Of the one that I can afford, but there’s no dealer near me. Damnit.

    Or the one that … well, you get the idea.


  • Rob Alexander

    So what the heck category is something like a 990 SMT or 1290 Super Duke GT?

  • therr850

    Being really simple, it depends on what kind of ride I want to take. Going to town? Most any kind. Going seven states away? A luxo touring rig or a Sport Tourer. Going for a day ride with my buds? Most anything comfortable and fun, exciting.

  • Chris

    There is no best motorcycle for the masses. I am at an advantage to most because I own several bikes and work at a very large dealer where I can ride whatever I want at the time. If I had to say what the best is, I would say its the one that meets your needs.
    You have to be careful with that answer though because most buyers dont really know what their needs are.


  • benchikh

    I didn’t find the trail bike in your scheduale,which is my favorite bike on all terrain,going every where at any time,I would rather call her a ready bike,like the GS for instance .

  • l33tster

    My first experience with a moto was way back when at my cottage on a friend’s dirtbike, haha. I was a total goof and super nervous just sitting on it when my bud was walking me through how to shift and such. Started just fine, but when I got going I panicked hardcore, pinned the throttle, and ditched myself. Lmao. Cleaned his bike up and wussied out ever since.

    Seven years later I’ve got my first bike in the garage: A 2007 Kawasaki Vulcan 500 that’s seen its fair share of use but’s been taken care of excellently, haha. It was the previous owner’s first bike as well and it was great talking to them at length about it.
    I’m a 6’2″ skeleton at 145lbs on a good day with a real heartache for cruisers, and I’ve heard no shortage of amazing reviews praising the 500 as a great beginner bike. I really wanted to get into cruisers– if only to experience them before settling on something else as a second (or third) bike down the road, and it took me ages to find something that would fit my lanky frame. It was a toss-up between a 1986 Honda
    Nighthawk 650 and the Vulcan 500, and while they were both amazing/seriously great looking bikes and fit me amazingly (got to sit on a friend’s Nighthawk since the one I was looking at was on the other side of the provice), what sold me on the Vulcan was the better condition, comparative newness, and proximity. It was only an hour away from where I lived, which was just about as good as I could find haha.

    Doing my courses a month from now and I’m really looking forward to cranking out the kilometers until it (or I) rust to dust. A damn beautiful bike, and in stellar condition. I’ve not ridden anything but bicycles before picking this thing up, so it’ll be an interesting experience. Thinking about the Vulcan S and then the Victory Octane as my next steps if I don’t end up going with a Star cruiser, one of the new SV650s, FZ-07 or something else crazy different, hahaha. I’d sure love to ride them all.

    Anyone here been in the saddle of a Vulcan 500?

  • Frank Padilla

    The best? It’s a Yamaha vstar 950 tourer!