How Do Motorcycles Work?

By Walter F. Kern

How do motorcycle parts work together?

When you get the urge to ride a motorcycle, you start asking lots of questions. Simple things like, " How do I start a bike? " or " How do I shift gears? " Of course, these questions always involve talking about basic motorcycle parts and how they work together.

Just to give the steps to start a motorcycle on a hill involves a tremendous number of motorcycle parts. A brand new rider may not even know where to look to find a motorcycle part. Once the motorcycle parts are identified by a new rider, they can begin to learn the basic procedures to operate the machine.

To get you going, we'll give you pictures of a motorcycle and point out these major motorcycle parts that you need to know. You will then be able to click on links to gain additional information on the particular motorcycle part.

I'm using one of my own motorcycles, a 1994 Harley-Davidson Sportster XLH 1200, for the pictures. Now, Harleys can be a bit different from other bikes and I'll try to point out these differences to you. Not all bikes have the same motorcycle parts in the same places. Each bike has its own terminology for naming motorcycle parts and even the way that the parts are interconnected may be different from bike to bike.

Learning about motorcycles can be a lifelong pursuit. Learn about how the major parts of a motorcycle work by clicking the following image or link:

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