A motorcycle is a form of motorized personal transport with a seat for the rider, usually coupled to a petrol engine with one or more cylinders. They can be found in a wide variety of styles and sizes, used for various purposes including touring, commuting, racing, and off-road riding. Motorcycling, the activity of riding a motorcycle, often involves social activities such as joining a motorcycle club and attending motorcycle rallies.
As a form of motorized transportation, motorcycles are much more efficient than cars. They can travel long distances with a single tank of gas and can be parked in tight spaces where a car could not fit. Many people choose to own a motorcycle because it is fun and exciting to drive, especially at high speeds. However, there are some serious risks involved with operating a motorcycle. These include a lack of protection for the rider, exposure to wind and road debris, and a higher risk of accident or crash.
During the turbulent times of two world wars, a number of motorcycle companies saw massive growth in production and sales. Bike manufacturers also benefited from fine-tuning manufacturing and engineering processes learned during wartime. In addition, factory workers who only a few years prior had been fighting overseas found a new sense of freedom on their bikes.
As a result, motorcycles have long held an image of rebellion and counterculture cool. That image was further solidified by the 1969 road movie Easy Rider, starring Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda. The film’s rock n’ roll soundtrack further helped to popularize the biker lifestyle.