Fun And Interesting Facts About The Motorcycle


A close up of a motorcycle

A motorcycle is something many of us love and are passionate about. They are majestic mechanical beasts, and many of us like to tame them. Over the years, motorcycles have undergone many changes, from design to engineering. Also, there are different classes of motorcycles. Classifications include luxury cruiser bikes, sports bikes, and many others. They have a long history of evolution, like life itself. Hence, there are several interesting facts associated with them. While some of the facts are quite common knowledge, most others are not. So, if you are a motorcycle enthusiast or you like knowing about them, this article is just for you.

Fun and Interesting Facts About The Motorcycle
Fun And Interesting Facts About The Motorcycle

Motorcycle Facts

There are several interesting facts associated with motorcycles. Let us get to know some of them.

  • The invention of the first atmospheric combustion engine occurred as early as 1712. It was called the Newcomen Steam Engine.
  • The worlds’ first official motorcycle was Maybach and Daimler’s Reitwagen. The name means ‘riding car.’
  • The modern motorcycle engine was made between 1900-1912 by manufacturers around Europe, England, and America.
  • Billy Baxter was the first blind person to ever set a motorcycle record in 2003.
  • Malcolm Forbes, the owner of the media giant Forbes magazine, has an impressive collection of 5 Harley Davidson bikes.
  • Wearing a helmet while riding a motorcycle became mandatory after Colonel T. E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) died in a motorcycle accident.
  • Emilio Scott of Buenos Aires, Argentina, set the world record for traveling the longest distance on a motorcycle. He covered a monumental 735,000 km while traveling through 214 countries over ten years, between January 17th, 1985, and April 2nd, 1995.
  • Several Hollywood stars, including Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Clint Eastwood, Bob Dylan, Keanu Reeves, ride motorcycles in their personal lives.
  • Keanu Reeves even owns a motorcycle company by the name of Arch Motorcycle. After his movie Matrix became a success, he purchased motorcycles for all its crew members with a part of the profits he received.
  • The famous Japanese manufacturers of high-end toilets, Toto, built the Toilet bike in 2011. It uses human waste to power the engine. The human waste produces bio-fuels in these bikes, which can run for 300 km before refilling.
  • Harley Davidson makes famous motorcycles in the world. However, the first-ever Harley ran only at a speed of 25 mph.
Fun and Interesting Facts About The Motorcycle
Fun And Interesting Facts About The Motorcycle

Some Other Facts

Let us look at some other facts about motorcycles below-

  • ‘Smalltoe’ is the world’s smallest recorded motorcycle. Tom Wiberg built it in 2003 in Hokurem, Sweden. With front and rear wheel diameters of 16mm and 22 mm, respectively, it went for a distance of more than 10 meters. 
  • The longest bike was built in Jamnagar, Gujarat, India, in January 2014 by Bharat Singh Parmar. It was 26.29 meters.
  • Many of the most famous motorcycle companies in the world have a diversified product range. Kawasaki makes space rockets, helicopters, missiles, jet engines, watercrafts other than bikes. Suzuki also makes wheelchairs, cars, and marine engines. Yamaha, another leading company, also manufactures golf carts, car engines, electronics, boats, and even industrial robots.
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