Motorcycle

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Here are some URLs with a title and a short summary of the content from Wikipedia.com related to the term “Motorcycle”:

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motorcycle
    This page provides a comprehensive overview of motorcycles, including their history, design, types, and usage. It also covers the global motorcycle market, traffic safety, and notable motorcycle manufacturers and models.
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_motorcycle
    This page focuses on the history of motorcycles, tracing their evolution from the “safety bicycle” in the late 19th century to the modern-day motorcycles. It also covers the rise and fall of the British motorcycle industry and the contributions of various inventors and manufacturers.
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motorcycling
    This page explores the act of riding a motorcycle, including its cultural, social, and psychological aspects. It also covers the recreational and practical uses of motorcycles, as well as the different types of riders and their motivations.
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scooter_(motorcycle)
    This page specifically covers scooters, which are a type of motorcycle with a step-through frame and a transmission that shifts without the operator having to operate a clutch. It provides a brief history of scooters, their design and features, and notable scooter manufacturers and models.

Citations:
[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motorcycle
[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_motorcycle
[3] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motorcycling
[4] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scooter_(motorcycle)

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
motorcycle (noun)
an automotive vehicle with two in-line wheels
Motorcycle (Wikipedia)

A motorcycle (motorbike, bike, or, if three-wheeled, a trike) is a two or three-wheeled motor vehicle steered by a handlebar from a saddle-style seat.

A classic Norton motorcycle
1952 Lambretta 125 D scooter

Motorcycle design varies greatly to suit a range of different purposes: long-distance travel, commuting, cruising, sport (including racing), and off-road riding. Motorcycling is riding a motorcycle and being involved in other related social activities such as joining a motorcycle club and attending motorcycle rallies.

The 1885 Daimler Reitwagen made by Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach in Germany was the first internal combustion, petroleum-fueled motorcycle. In 1894, Hildebrand & Wolfmüller became the first series production motorcycle.

Globally, motorcycles are comparably popular to cars as a method of transport. In 2021, approximately 58.6 million new motorcycles were sold around the world, fewer than the 66.7 million cars sold over the same period.

In 2022, the top four motorcycle producers by volume and type were Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, and Suzuki. In developing countries, motorcycles are considered utilitarian due to lower prices and greater fuel economy. Of all the motorcycles in the world, 58% are in the Asia-Pacific and Southern and Eastern Asia regions, excluding car-centric Japan.[citation needed]

According to the US Department of Transportation, the number of fatalities per vehicle mile traveled was 37 times higher for motorcycles than for cars.

Motorcycle (Wiktionary)

English

Alternative forms

  • motor cycle, motor-cycle

Etymology

motor +‎ cycle, from the Motorcyclette produced in 1897 by the French Werner Frères et Cie.

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