Motorcycles are two-wheeled motor vehicles steered by handlebars from a saddle-style seat. Powered by an internal combustion engine, they use gasoline as fuel and usually have brakes for stopping the bike’s front and rear wheels. Some models have a headlight, taillight, turn signals and a horn. Motorcycles are used for recreational, road, and racing riding, and for commuting to work and school.
If you’re new to the motorcycle world, it can be confusing to understand the different types of bikes available. There’s a lot to know, from the chopper style motorcycle with its large wheelbase and low seat to off-road bikes with knobbly tires. But it’s important to remember that, whether you ride a classic Harley or an old-world cruiser, your safety is paramount. Always wear a helmet and follow all local traffic laws, especially regarding speed limits and passing rules. Never operate a motorcycle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. These substances impair judgment, balance and throttle control.
With a host of benefits and an undeniable appeal, it’s no wonder that more people than ever are turning to motorcycles for transportation and recreation. It’s also a great way to get around without the expense and hassle of buying and maintaining a car or truck. Before you hit the open road, however, be sure to conduct a safety inspection of your motorcycle. Check the horn, adjust any mirrors, test the brakes and ensure that the clutch and throttle are functioning properly. Also, always wear protective gear, including leather riding jackets and pants.