If your child has just or if you are thinking about buying a motorcycle, they will probably want to know everything there is to know about it! It’s great to teach them a few fascinating facts to get them really interested and curious about their new hobby. You could even get some books from the library to read with your child, so you can learn together. This is a great way to spend some quality, bonding time and learn new things together. Here are some facts your child may find interesting:
Motorcycles were first invented in around 1885, meaning they are over 130 years old. Early designs were very different from how they are now, however.
It is thought that the first motorcycle race took place at the end of the year 1897. The course was around a mile long, and the winner completed the course in just over 2 minutes.
There are two main types of motorcycle – on-road and off-road. Those which are designed for off-road use cannot be driven legally on the road. Bikes used on the road require the rider to have a proper licence.
Motorcycles can be used for many competitive events such as racing or motocross. This is an off-road motorcycle race with obstacles such as jumps and sharp turns.
Motorcycles may have an attachment at the side called a sidecar, to carry another passenger. They have one wheel, so a motorcycle with a sidecar will have three wheels in total. Sidecars were first invented in the 1910s, and were popular until the 1950s. They are still used nowadays, but much less frequently.
Motorcycles are lighter than cars, and can therefore accelerate much more quickly, and often reach higher speeds.
For those who are fans of scooters – the Vespa brand takes its name from the Italian word for wasp! There is a motorcycle known as TOTO, created recently in Japan, which runs on human waste! Classic American motorcycle manufacturer Harley Davidson make bicycles for a while, during the late 1910s and early 1920s.
Every 18 minutes, a motorcycle is stolen. The majority of thefts occur at the owner’s home.The best-selling motorcycle is the Honda C90, which has been produced for over 40 years. Eight small motorcycles can fit into the same parking space as one car!
Motorcycles are usually thought to be a dangerous way to travel. However, research has shown that around 60% of road accidents involving bikers were actually caused by other road users, such as car drivers. What’s more, it’s thought that up motorcycle users are up to 35 times more likely to be involved in a crash than other road users.
The world record for the longest backwards motorcycle ride took place in China and lasted for nearly 100 miles!
The longest motorcycle in the world was built in Russia and measures around 31 feet long, seating an amazing 16 people!
Bike manufacturer Ducati was originally set up to make parts for radios in the 1920s. Triumph make golf balls as well as stylish motorcycles!