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What Are the Most Dangerous Types of Motorcycles?

June 10, 2024

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When it comes to safety, all motorcycles aren’t created equal. While it’s true that all motorcycles lack the protection offered by passenger vehicles (such as airbags, seatbelts, and steel frames), some bikes are inherently more dangerous for their riders than others.

If you’re a motorcyclist or are thinking about becoming one, it’s important to know which bikes may pose the most danger to you on Ohio’s roads.

Be Extra Cautious on These 5 Types of Bikes

The most dangerous types of motorcycles can vary depending on many factors, including the rider's experience level, the specific use of the bike, and road conditions.

However, some types of motorcycles are generally considered riskier to ride than others, including:

Sport Bikes

These bikes are built for speed and performance. They have powerful engines and are capable of very high speeds. The combination of high performance and the tendency for riders to push their limits can lead to a higher risk of accidents.

SuperSport Motorcycles

A subset of sport bikes, these are even more performance-oriented and can be extremely fast. They are often involved in high-speed accidents because they attract riders who enjoy pushing the envelope in terms of speed and agility.

Touring Motorcycles

While not inherently dangerous, the large size and heavy weight of touring motorcycles can make them challenging to handle, especially for less experienced riders. Accidents can also be severe due to the size of these bikes, especially if the rider becomes trapped under their bike.


Often customized with extended forks and unique designs, choppers can have handling characteristics that are not as predictable as standard motorcycles. This can increase the risk of accidents, particularly in less experienced hands.

Off-Road Bikes

While generally used off public roads, riding these bikes poses risks to their riders due to the unpredictable nature of off-road terrain. The potential for high-speed crashes into obstacles, falls, and collisions is higher.

How Can You Reduce Your Risks on These Bikes?

Despite being more dangerous than other types of bikes, these motorcycles are still highly attractive to many riders in Ohio, and many motorcycle riders end up owning at least one for a period of time.

If you or someone you love rides a bike that falls into the “more dangerous than the average bike” category, here are some tips to help keep you safe:

  • Get Proper Training: Enroll in motorcycle safety courses, even if you’re an experienced rider. These courses not only cover the basics of riding, but they also teach advanced skills for handling emergencies, improving road awareness, and riding defensively.
  • Wear Safety Gear: Always wear appropriate safety gear, regardless of the weather or how short the trip might be. This includes a helmet (preferably full-face), gloves, a durable jacket, long pants, and over-the-ankle boots.
  • Follow Traffic Laws: Obey all speed limits and traffic rules. That means coming to a complete stop at stop signs and red lights, not following other vehicles too closely, and avoiding lane splitting, which is illegal in Ohio.
  • Ride According to Your Skill Level: It’s important to never overestimate your riding abilities. You should gradually build up your skills and confidence under less challenging conditions before attempting to ride more powerful and demanding bikes or in more difficult terrain.
  • Perform Regular Maintenance: Keep your motorcycle in top condition. Regular checks and maintenance of tires, brakes, lights, and other critical systems can prevent mechanical failures that might lead to accidents.
  • Ride Sober: Never ride under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or when overly fatigued. Being impaired can reduce your reaction time and affect your judgment, both of which can lead to crashes.
  • Be Visible: Use lights and wear brightly colored or reflective clothing to make sure other road users can see you. Being visible is particularly important for motorcyclists, as drivers often fail to see riders before hitting them.

What Types of Bikes Are the Safest?

If you’re a beginner and want to learn on the safest possible bike, or if you’re experienced but want peace of mind while riding, it may be a good idea to ride a safer bike instead of one of the five listed above.

Safer motorcycle types include:

Standard Motorcycles

These bikes can reduce fatigue because they have a more upright riding position, which can offer better control and comfort. Their moderate engine power and lack of extreme performance features make them a safer choice for everyday use.


While cruisers are often heavy and have high power, their low seat height and lower center of gravity can offer stability at lower speeds. Many cruisers also feature less aggressive acceleration and performance compared to sport bikes, making them safer for most riders.

Adventure Motorcycles

Built for versatility, adventure motorcycles can handle both on-road and off-road conditions. They typically feature technology such as ABS and traction control, which can help maintain stability on varying surfaces. Their riding position is also upright, offering good visibility and control.

Scooters and Light Motorcycles

Scooters and light motorcycles typically have smaller engines and low top speeds, which can reduce the risk of serious accidents. They are often used for urban or local travel, and their ease of use can make them a good option for beginners.

Contact Our Ohio Motorcycle Accident Lawyers After a Crash

It’s important for riders to be safety-focused every time they head out on Ohio’s roads. Crashes can happen anywhere, anytime, especially when riders are unlucky enough to encounter distracted drivers.

Unfortunately, many motorcyclists are victims twice-over after their crashes. First, they suffer serious injuries, and second, they see their claims get reduced or denied by biased insurance companies.

At Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy, it’s our job to protect riders’ rights after crashes. Contact us today for a free consultation. Our Ohio motorcycle accident attorneys are ready to put their experience to work for you.

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