Motorcycle selection question: using data only, how can I find out what is the best motorcycle for a variety of situations?
I am basing my selections on motorcycle.com's specs
for 2011 bikes. This is a sample
of the detailed information that is available.
Question: how do I use this to determine the best bike for a variety of situations? I am a motorcycle novice (completely) and don't know a chromed fender from an adjustable shock. If I wanted to find the best bike for cities, for example, what specs are important and which can be discarded? I'm trying to whittle down my options for the following cases:
best bike for kids vs. older adults
best bike for long distance vs. urban riding
best bike for experienced riders vs. novices
best bike for the price vs. quality
What features are the most important for these particular cases? Is there a resource online that gives details that would help?
Note: brand of bike is irrelevant. I am not looking for answers such as "if you're looking for a bike for your kid, get a Yamaha". I would prefer something like "an engine size between X and Y is optimal for highway riding".