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Old 01-14-2016, 06:40 PM   #1
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What is a Standard Motorcycle?

What defines a Standard Motorcycle? Itís a term that is being used more and more, but most people still donít fully understand. A ďStandardĒ bike is somewhat of an evolution and a hybrid of Universal Japanese Motorcycles, classic British bikes, and modern technology.

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2016 Triumph Street Twin is a perfect example of a Standard.

Standards tend to have a comfortable, upright seating position with low to mid-range bars and mid foot controls. They are typically equipped with a longer, flatter two-up seat and tend to have a single headlight with no fairing. Think Hondaís CB1100, the new Triumph Bonnevilles, or the BMW R nineT. If itís a retro-styled motorcycle produced today, chances are itís a Standard.

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The 2015 Honda CB1100 is another excellent example of a standard motorcycle, which is in this case also a Universal Japanese Motorcycle, or UJM.

Because standard motorcycles tend to have mid-ranged engine sizes, approachable price tags, and are comfortable riding in a variety of different conditions, they make great bikes for beginners. If youíre thinking of getting a motorcycle and are somewhere between a cruiser and a sport bike, the standard motorcycle is all you.

To see more standards, check out our bikes page here!

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