Less than 150 years after the first motorcycle was invented, the modern bike is a sleek and powerful vehicle. It’s no wonder more people than ever are choosing to cruise the open road on two wheels.
A motorcycle (or motorbike) is a two or three-wheeled motor vehicle steered by a handlebar from a saddle-style seat. A typical motorcycle has an internal combustion engine powered by gasoline, and it can have one or more cylinders. Some also have a sidecar that can carry another passenger. The motorcycle’s frame is usually made of steel, and it has front and rear tires that are smaller than those on cars. Brakes and a headlight are standard equipment, as well as a taillight, turn signals and a horn.
During the early 1900s, industrialization in many countries allowed mass-production of motorcycles. Factory workers could buy their own personal transport and enjoy the freedom of a faster form of travel than what was available by car or train. Many also took to forming clubs, giving their lives purpose and direction and often a focus for socializing.
Although riding a motorcycle isn’t for everyone, more people than ever are finding the experience enjoyable and rewarding. Just remember that safety is important, and you should always wear a helmet and protective clothing. It’s also a good idea to avoid alcohol and drugs before riding, as they affect your judgment, coordination, balance and throttle control. Also be sure to obey all traffic laws and leave plenty of space between you and other vehicles on the road.