Motorcycle Glossary Dictionary Term - Motorcycle
Motorcycle: A motorcycle is a 2-wheel vehicle patterned after a bicycle but powered with an engine and supported with a much heavier frame. Early motorcycles were actually bicycles fitted with small internal combustion engines. There was a gradual evolution as numerous motorcycle manufacturers entered the market and competed against each other.
A motorcycle works using a complex interrelated set of parts controlled by both hands and feet and requires coordination and skill not required to drive an automobile.
Motorcycles have been a part of transportation for a long time. They were once much more prevalent than automobiles until such pioneers as Henry Ford found out how to mass produce cars at a lower price.
Over the years, the motorcycle has come to fit a variety of needs beyond basic transportation.
Today's rider may use a motorcycle for commuting or everyday use. Some ride as part of their lifestyle. Some ride on lengthy cross-country tours.
In the United States, only one company, Harley-Davidson, has been able to survive over 100 years, producing models every year since its first model in 1903. In fact, to most non-motorcyclists, the words "motorcycle" and "Harley-Davidson" are used interchangeably.
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