Imagine the feel of the open road, the thrill of a thrumming exhaust — and the ability to use the HOV lanes any time you want. The International Motorcycle Show will showcase the latest and greatest two-wheeled wonders this weekend, along with seminars and a stunt show from the Smage Brothers (of “America’s Got Talent”). But if you don’t have a bike, choosing one can be a bit of a muddle. We talked to experts on three different brands.

IF YOU ARE: Someone who doesn’t like to dust
“We have a saying,” says Bob Henig, owner of Bob’s BMW Motorcycles in Jessup, Md. “‘Chrome don’t get you home.’ BMWs have a more durable, permanent finish, so they require less upkeep.” But Henig recognizes that no bike can be all things to all people. “If the one you’re on is the one you’re having fun on, that’s the one that’s right for you.”

IF YOU ARE: The type who talks with strangers on Metro
YOU WANT: A Harley-Davidson
Jennifer Stipkala, general manager of Harley-Davidson of Washington in Fort Washington, Md., says part of the hog’s popularity is the social aspect. “If I pull up to a gas station and we both have a Harley, we’re definitely having a conversation,” she says. But there’s more to it than talk: “We’re coming up on our 110th anniversary,” Stipkala says. “A motorcycle company doesn’t stay in business that long unless people love it.”

IF YOU ARE: The kind who accepts everyone
Angel Earles, general manager of the Motorcycle Factory in Woodbridge, Va., says that Honda riders tend to be more ecumenical when it comes to riding with owners of other bikes — even at the “Honda Hoot” rally, a national gathering of Honda aficionados. “I went to Tennessee when they had a Honda Hoot,” Earles says. “My dad had a Honda, my mom had a Yamaha, and I had a Katana, but the rides were for anybody.”

Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Place NW; Fri., 4-9 p.m., Sat., 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; $15 ($30 for a three-day ticket); 800-368-9000; (Mt Vernon Sq)