A motorcycle is a powered two-wheeled motor vehicle steered by a handlebar from a saddle-style seat. Its engine converts reciprocating motion into rotary motion to drive the rear wheel via a system of gears, which in turn propels the bike forward. It can carry a rider or passenger, and may also have a sidecar attached to the rear for extra stability and maneuverability.
Motorcycles are incredibly fast for their size. Most middleweight and big-bore bikes can accelerate from 0 to 60 in less than three seconds. They aren’t very aerodynamic, though – the rider’s exposed legs and arms, a wide-open exhaust, and messy airflow around the wheels create a lot of drag compared to a smooth, slick car design. This doesn’t matter so much at low speeds, but as you increase speed the force of drag increases by the square of your velocity, which makes it even more important to maintain a steady pace and use all the available power.
Whether you’re commuting to work or enjoying the camaraderie of a group ride on the weekend, motorcycling engages all your senses and offers an exhilarating sense of freedom. It can be a very social activity when riding with friends or strangers, and is enjoyed by people of all ages and genders.
There are many different types of motorcycles, with a wide range of styles, sizes and capabilities to suit every rider’s taste and budget. But whatever kind of bike you own, it’s essential to keep your skills sharp. Attending courses ranging from safety training such as BikeSafe or FireBike, to more advanced techniques such as the Enhanced Rider Scheme will help you stay safe and enjoy your motorbike for years to come.