While driving today I experienced an interesting moment: trying to overtake at any cost was a supersports motorcycle rider, who of course managed to get through a long line of vehicles, in a blind curve, over the white line, and right behind, strictly following the rules a group of Harley Bikers.
Does that single example demonstrate that all sport bike riders are not behaving on the road and that all HD ones are very good riders? As a former scientist I cannot accept to develop a theory on just one sample. But….
There is for sure an attitude linked to each type of motorcycle, at least I can base this on personal experience and also by analysing what I can see on a daily basis. Without saying that one category is worse than the other one ,wouldn’t make any sense, it appears that some common facts can be highlighted.
Touring bikers will most of the time keep that serious behaviour carried by the look of their bike: big, serious, no joke, made for very long rides, always coming with the proper gear and very often with a passenger dressed the same way, sitting straight and quiet. Luckily they can easily lose it when another type of motorcycle comes to close or tries to overtake them. Then the fight can be on but always with them sitting straight, not even having the eyes blink a little under the helmet no one can see the huge grin!).
A bit of the same attitude can be found in the big Dakar replica bikes like the BMW GS, KTM Adventure, and some Japanese ones. But here the biker has more of an adventurous mind set and is ready to go nuts at any dirty road crossing. They can even get confused and think the three vans they just overtook were camels. In their eyes the empty deserts will always shine even if those deserts are the ride through the square from home to work.