Motorcycles have long had a dual reputation of being both a symbol of freedom and a dangerous machine. They have a very distinct image and a whole sub-culture associated with them that goes far beyond simply riding them. They’re often associated with the ’bad boy’ image and evoke images of speed, danger, and rebellion. Whether used for practical transportation to and from work or as a means of enjoying the camaraderie of group rides on weekends, motorcycles are a fun, fast and efficient way to get around.
Modern motorcycles are powered by internal combustion engines that convert reciprocating piston movement into rotary motion to propel the rear wheel of the bike forward. To turn the bike, the rider leans in the direction he or she wants to go, using his or her arms and legs to help maneuver.
There are many different types of motorcycles out there and there is one for every rider type, from the newbie to the experienced. There are also plenty of bikes that can be ridden with only a regular driver’s license, which is a great option for beginners who don’t want to invest in a larger or more expensive machine.
Another recent development is the surge of adult-sized small-displacement motorcycles that can be ridden with a regular driver’s license. These motorcycles are typically 200-400cc in size and offer the thrill of a full-sized bike to those that aren’t looking for something as large as a sport or race motorcycle but want the comfort and performance that comes from a bigger machine.