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Motorcycle - The Economical Mode of Motorized Transport

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Motorcycle - The Economical Mode of Motorized Transport

Annanya Stewart
September 20, 2012


Since the prices of gas have skyrocketed, there are many people that are searching for the most economical forms of transportation. You may not be surprised to find out that this is the motorcycle. Motorcycles are motorized automobiles that have two wheels. Sometimes you will find motorcycles that have three wheels. You will find that most of the motorcycles are found in China and India. Most motorcycles are manufactured and used in the country of China. Of course, most people in these countries drive cars because motorcycles are unable to carry an entire family. They are typically made to only carry one or two people at a time.

The first motorcycle was manufactured by Wilhelm Maybach and Gottlieb Daimler. This was the first one that was made with an internal combustible engine, and it was made in the year 1885. However, the first motorcycle was not considered to be a good form of transportation at this time. There were a number of different manufacturers that made motorcycles after this point, but they did not work out very well.

Motorcycles started becoming a better mode of transportation after World War II. The largest manufacturer of motorcycles during this time was the BSA of England. There were many companies that manufactured motorcycles after this time, and some of the best motorcycles were manufactured in Japan. The best motorcycles were the Suzuki, Yamaha, Kawasaki, and Honda until the motorcycles that were made in India began leading the industry.

If you search for motorcycles, you will quickly find that there are a number of different motorcycles that are available on the market today. One of the main kinds of motorcycles is dirt bikes, and typically, they are only meant to be driven off-road. Most of these kinds of motorcycles are illegal to ride on the streets. If you are looking for a motorcycle that you can use for both on the road and off, then you should check into dual-purpose motorcycles. Street bikes are those that you commonly find being ridden on the street, and some of the different kinds of street bikes are cruisers and sport bikes.

Motorcycles are not considered to be a safe mode of transportation. This is because when you are riding these, you are not surrounded by metal and fiberglass like you are when you are in a car. This means that most of the accidents that occur when someone is riding a motorcycle end in a fatality.

If you are planning on purchasing a motorcycle for its fuel economy, then you should make sure that you choose one that is small and light. The heavier models of motorcycles can average about the same miles per gallon as a car, and this would not save you much money on gas in the end.

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Motorcycle is one of the cheapest modes of transport and is a good remedy for traffic congestion. However, they are extensively used only in developing countries. Safety is one of the drawbacks faced by motorcycle riders.
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