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Which Harley-Davidson® Motorcycle is Right for You?

27 February 2019

Which Harley-Davidson® Motorcycle is Right for You?

So you've decided to buy a Harley-Davidson motorcycle - congrats! You're about to upgrade your lifestyle with a lean, mean, adrenaline machine. Your next step is to decide which bike to buy. There are multiple lines (or families) available to you. We created the following guide to the company's families to help narrow down your search. When you are ready to experience these models in person, visit Abernathy’s Harley-Davidson. We are located in Union City, Tennessee near Jackson, Paducah, and Cape Girardeau.


When it comes to motorcycles, "street" usually means a bike built for conquering the city streets. It's in contrast to dirt bikes, which are made for the dusty dirt trail.

In the Harley community, "street" refers to a family of motorcycles. Many Harley bikes are capable of tearing up the pavement, but the street family is tailored to deliver the best in city riding. They offer responsive handling, quick acceleration, and quick braking power. Some riders boost the performance even more with the High Output Revolution X™ V-Twin. These motorcycles offer aesthetic appeal as well with their dark custom look and slender frame. Many new riders gravitate towards this family because of how easy to control they are (but many veterans love them too!)


These motorcycles boast the iconic American bike look. These are the Harley motorcycles often used in movies and TV shows. When you hop aboard, you'll get to enjoy a low slung seating position with plenty of signature Harley attitude. This style really allows you to feel one with the road. You also get all the benefits of a high-powered engine, but without annoying heat blowing on your legs (thanks to the air-cooled engine features). If you hope to cruise around the city in style, these classic cruisers do the trick and then some.

Touring Bikes

Sometimes, you want to hit the open road and just keep going. That's where touring bikes come into the picture. These motorcycles are made for long-distance riding, whether it's a cross-country road trip or commuting to work. Their frame is ergonomic in design to make riding easier on your spine, joints, and muscles. This helps you ride for longer without getting sore. Many features are designed to facilitate a comfortable ride, such as high windshields and extra padded seats. There's plenty of storage and cargo space to fit everything you need for a trip. Touring bikes run off of powerful engines capable of long hours on the road. This line of Harley bikes is great for those who ride often and prioritize comfort.


This line of Harley bikes is all about performance. They are the sporty cousin in the Harley family ready to be faster, better, and stronger. The Sportster is truly a beast of a machine. Of course, all this power doesn't mean much if you can't control it. That's why the Sportster motorcycle also offers responsive handling so you can stay in charge of this beast. All this performance will cost you in ride comfort and fuel efficiency. But we're willing to bet you won't mind when you're chasing adrenaline rushes down the highway. This line of Harley motorcycles is designed with thrill seekers in mind.

Whichever family of Harley motorcycles calls your name, you'll find many of its models at Abernathy’s Harley-Davidson. We carry a range of new and used inventory. Our friendly staff can help you find the perfect model for your budget and riding lifestyle. Look into our financing options that help you ride your dream motorcycle home sooner. If you're on the fence about which model is perfect for you, schedule a test ride. We proudly serve those Union City, Jackson, Paducah, and Cape Girardeau, Tennessee