From being a basic need for a person at work and staying away from the workplace to the luxury of a traveling heart. From being the gift parents choose after a great score to the ever alluring back side hug from beloved’s arms. Bikes or motorcycles have given us not just a therapeutic escape but also economical means of commute.
Here are few amazing and unknown facts about the vehicle that will leave you amazed!
- The first internal combustion, petroleum fuelled bike was the Daimler Reitwagen designed by Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach in Germany in 1885.
- The first commercial design for a self-propelled bike was the Butter Petrol Cycle by Edward Buttler in London in 1884.
- The world’s first motorcycle, built in 1867, featured a twist-grip throttle. The technology is used till date.
- The Vespa brand of scooter got its name from the Italian word for wasp.
- A motorcycle’s exhaust emits 10-20 times more oxides of nitrogen (NOx), carbon monoxide and other unburnt hydrocarbons than exhaust from an SUV.
- TOTO, a motorcycle made in Japan runs on human waste.
- In 2000, by the major motorcycle companies of the world imposed a maximum speed limit of 186mph. In an agreement to end a speed war of one-upmanship to try to make the worlds fastest production bike.
- The Indian Army’s Daredevil Team, with 201 men riding on 10 bikes completed the world’s largest motorcycle pyramid.
- The “Traub”, found behind a brick wall in Chicago, is the rarest motorcycle in the world, with an engine well ahead of its time and is still running.
- Gregory Dunham, built and rode the tallest motorbike in the Guinness Book of World Records. Standing over 11 feet from the ground to the handle bars. The tires alone were 6 feet tall and the entire bike weighed2.94 tons.
- Emilio Scotto made the longest motorbike journey, traveling a total of 500,000 over ten years. At eight years old, Emilio began mapping his route. Heandrsquo’s even written a book detailing his epic journey.
- The first production bike to boast a top speed of over 100mph was the Brough Superior. And, the supercharged 499cc NSU, was the first to top the double-ton, in 1956.
- The first man to hit a face-melting 300mph on a bike was Don Vesco in 1975. He was riding a 1496cc Yamaha Streamliner.
- When cornering the front tire provides 75 per cent of a bike’s grip.
- Helmets are 30% more effective in preventing fatalities or head injuries.
- Technically, up to eight motorcycles can fit into the same parking space occupied by one car.
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