The Future of Motorcycles
Motorcycles are popular worldwide because of their ease of operation, versatility and economy. They are used for recreation, racing and transportation of goods and people. Modern motorcycles can feature automatic transmission, stereo sound and luggage space. Some are designed for off-road use and are called dirt bikes. Others are designed for long-distance touring and are called road motorcycles.
The first motorcycles were adapted from bicycles with the addition of small, usually two-stroke internal combustion engines. Typical construction was a steel or aluminium frame with a steering head, front forks and rear swingarm. Graphite, composite and magnesium parts are now being used to reduce the weight. The engine was usually located at the front, and the rider sat on a saddle with sprung suspension to absorb shock. The bike had a much higher base level of danger than a car, because there was no protection against injury in a crash, but this could be mitigated by the skill of the rider to control the machine.
There is no other vehicle that can engender such feelings of speed, thrill and danger as the motorcycle. This is partly why it has been able to maintain its appeal and not be replaced by cars. Whether it’s a cruiser, or chopper or motocross, there is something about the motorcycle that captivates the heart of riders of all ages from around the world. The 2020 motorcycle industry has been an interesting one to watch as it grapples with all of the different forces that are affecting it, from the coronavirus crisis to the resurgent sales of Harley-Davidson and its competitors.