A motorcycle is a two- or three-wheeled motor vehicle steered by a handlebar from a saddle-style seat. It is a popular mode of transport because it is easier to handle than cars and offers excellent fuel economy. It is also used in professional racing circuits, such as street, drag, motocross, and ice races.
Whether they are Harley Davidsons, dirt bikes or old world cruisers, there is something about motorcycles that makes them irresistible to riders from all walks of life and corners of the globe. They are synonymous with speed, thrill and danger, but it is the beauty of the machine that keeps them going strong.
When the first motorcycles were introduced, their creators couldn’t have possibly imagined that they would become part of a culture that has created brotherhoods, sisterhoods and families all over the world. The association with violence exacerbated by events that happened in the years following World War II led to a bad reputation for bikers, but over time, many members of the community have established clubs that promote positive contributions to society and have worked to rebrand the image of bikers as a peaceful and loving group.
Before you take your motorcycle out on the open road, it’s important to conduct a safety inspection of the vehicle. Be sure the horn is working, all mirrors are adjusted and the clutch and throttle are functioning properly. It’s also a good idea to practice in a safe area, such as an empty parking lot, before taking on the highways and busy streets.