A motorcycle is a two-wheeled motor vehicle steered by a handlebar from a saddle-style seat. Modern motorcycles typically feature a gasoline-fueled engine and can be either sport bikes or cruisers, depending on the model.
A motorcyclist’s first priority should be to ensure that their bike is safe for riding. A visibly inspected motorcycle should have fresh fuel, oil, air and coolant, as well as properly functioning lights, turn signals and brakes. It’s also a good idea to check that the chain is not loose, there are no leaks, and the tires have enough tread left to make it to their destination.
Back in the Jurassic period of motorcycling (before dirt-focused bikes and dual-sport machines made them all seem like death wishes), motorcycle makers often included small models with 50cc to 70cc engines. These were called “minibikes,” and while they weren’t very fast, they were a lot of fun for kids and adults. They were even street-legal, though they rarely saw the open road and mostly ended up on farms or in garages as play bikes for the kids.
Choosing the Right Bike
With so many different types of bikes available, it can be tough to figure out which one is right for you. The best place to start is with a list of the types of riding you plan on doing and the size of bike that will fit you. Next, look at brands that offer bikes in those categories and then review the ratings from other riders. If you still need help, contact a local dealership to try some out for yourself.