16 Incredible Motorcycle Facts You Didn’t Know

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!

History

Facts about motorcycles

  1. The first internal combustion, petroleum fuelled bike was the Daimler Reitwagen designed by Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach in Germany in 1885.
  2. The first commercial design for a self-propelled bike was the Butter Petrol Cycle by Edward Buttler in London in 1884.
  3. The world’s first motorcycle, built in 1867, featured a twist-grip throttle. The technology is used till date.
  4. The Vespa brand of scooter got its name from the Italian word for wasp.

Environment

motorcycle environmental facts

  1. A motorcycle’s exhaust emits 10-20 times more oxides of nitrogen (NOx), carbon monoxide and other unburnt hydrocarbons than exhaust from an SUV.
  2. TOTO, a motorcycle made in Japan runs on human waste.
  3. 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.

Records

Motorcycle facts
Traub, world’s rarest motorcycle
  1. The Indian Army’s Daredevil Team, with 201 men riding on 10 bikes completed the world’s largest motorcycle pyramid.
  2. 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.
  3.  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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. The first man to hit a face-melting 300mph on a bike was Don Vesco in 1975. He was riding a 1496cc Yamaha Streamliner.

Safety

motorcycle safety facts

  1. When cornering the front tire provides 75 per cent of a bike’s grip.
  2. Helmets are 30% more effective in preventing fatalities or head injuries.
  3. Technically, up to eight motorcycles can fit into the same parking space occupied by one car.

 

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