Buying a Motorcycle

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If you’re in the market for a new motorcycle, there are plenty of options available. The top manufacturers offer multiple models in each of the major types, and within those categories are a variety of engine sizes. The best way to navigate what’s available is to first decide what you want to use the motorcycle for. Then you can narrow down your search based on power, weight and other features.

The term motor vehicle can be a bit confusing as it’s not limited to four wheeled vehicles like automobiles. It refers to any machine that is used to get a person from one place to another and is self propelled. Motorcycles fall directly under this category, which also includes scooters and mopeds.

While the exact origins of motorcycles aren’t known, some of the earliest concepts powered by steam were built in the 1800s such as Michaux-Perreaux steam velocipede in Europe and the Roper steam velocipede in Roxbury, MA. These were a bit different than modern motorcycles in that they had zero degrees of steering axis angle and extended front ends that were curved upward like forks.

As a form of transportation, motorcycles provide a cost-effective and fuel efficient alternative to cars and trucks. They are popular in lower and middle income countries and make up a significant percentage of vehicle fleets in those regions. In the US, motorcycles account for a significant number of road accidents. A large portion of these accidents are due to speeding. Other contributing factors include road conditions, weather and lack of experience by drivers.