When starting the game, I was under the impression that you could mount any overridden Machine, regardless of size (like riding a Behemoth in Shadow of Mordor). However, out of the handful of species of Machines I've overridden, I've only been able to mount the Striders. When I overrode Watchers or Sawtooths (Sawteeth?), I wasn't given an option to Mount them.

Are you able to ride multiple types of Machines or are Striders the only mountable ones?

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There are only a handful of mountable Machines. Based on this article, it looks like the only mountable ones are:

  • Striders
  • Broadheads
  • Chargers

None of the others are able to be mounted, but will instead become friendly and attack hostile Machines on sight.

It's worth noting that your mount is not permanent by default, however, there is a perk that enables you to have a permanent mount that you can call at any time if you don't actually have an active mount, as mentioned in this guide:

But there is an easy way to unlock permanent mounts. They can also help you in battle! You can call a mount whenever you want, how often you want. Here’s how to do it:

  • In the Skill Menu buy “Call Mount +” (Forager Skill Tree).
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    Also, each mountable machine has an "Is mountable" line in its Machine Catalogue entry in the Notebook.
    – dg99
    Commented Mar 2, 2017 at 18:54
  • @dg99 Oh really? I didn't see that, but I was mostly looking at pictures. I also thought there might be mountable Machines I just hadn't encountered yet since I've only seen about half, but I guess not :(
    – Vemonus
    Commented Mar 2, 2017 at 18:55
  • The line is absent from the entry until after Aloy's first encounter with a Corruptor (like the Cauldron and Override listings).
    – dg99
    Commented Mar 2, 2017 at 19:03
  • Actually, mounts are always permanent. Just be prepared to get a new one if you go into a city, bunker, etc. for a while. You can see whether you have an active mount by whether you have the Call Mount icon in your action list, assuming you have that skill and not Call Mount +.
    – SilverWolf
    Commented May 28, 2018 at 23:41

To supplement the excellent accepted answer with in-game evidence, that there are only three machines that may be mounted is evidenced by this loading tip:

Loading tip: mountable machines

The text says:

If you're looking for a ride, consult the Map to locate Striders, Broadheads or Chargers. They often graze near settlements.

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