• June 19, 2022

Motorcycle History – Fun Facts for Kids

Kids, the first motorcycle sold was a Hildebrand and Wolfmuller. This was in 1894 when many children rode bicycles…

Engines and Chassis

Bicycle companies put a new invention, the internal combustion engine, on their bikes.

When the new engines became more powerful, standard bike frames, wheels, and chains couldn’t handle them.

Bicycle builders decided to make steel frames. Steel frames got the job done as they do today.

Most popular bikes

Before World War I, the largest motorcycle company in the world was Indian Motors. They produced 20,000 motorcycles a year.

By 1920, Harley-Davidson sold more street bikes in more than 67 countries.

Today Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha are the most popular among fans. Harley-Davidson continues to be a driving force in the United States.

BMW, KTM, Triumph, Aprilia, Moto Guzzi and Ducati are also popular new vehicles to buy…


Coloring pages for children, a steel or aluminum frame contains parts and accessories of modern motorcycles.

Telescopic forks hold the front wheel, and disc brakes. Expect a one to six cylinder gasoline engine.

The engine is mated to a five- or six-speed sequential manual transmission with a swingarm-mounted rear wheel via a chain, driveshaft, or belt.

A wind tunnel helps engineers mimic real-life driving conditions. Different racing speeds test the seats and body positions.

Experts can judge the best riding positions for racing bikes, dirt bikes, and street bikes…

accessories and equipment

Several modern motorcycle accessories are designed for comfort:

A “Fairing” is a plastic or fiberglass shell. Fits over the front frame of the bike. A fairing helps move the bike smoothly and protects the engine in the event of an accident. Fairings on touring rides improve your comfort and alertness on long rides. They reduce the strong wind, cold and rain on your body…

“Windscreens or windscreens” are built into a fairing or attached to a rogue motorcycle. They are high impact clear plastic. They direct the flow of air over or around the head. If you want to raise and lower your windshield with the push of a button, get a power windshield.

“Saddlebags or panniers” rest on either side of the rear wheel for carrying parts, tools, or travel gear.

“Heated grips and heated seats” keep you warm in the cold and during night rides.

“Luggage racks” eliminate the need for backpacks. They are a safer and more secure way to add cargo capacity to your rocket cycle…

A “Sidecar” is a partially covered one-wheel seat. The sidecar attaches to the side of your motorcycle. Your older sister can sit on it and travel with you. She just remembers to bring her back.

A “trunk” is a storage box. Above and behind the seat the trunk is mounted…

motorcycle clubs

Clubs and organizations are popular. You can meet new kid cyclists, their friends and their families.

The clubs are organized according to countries, states, cities and neighborhoods. Individual motorcycle makes or models have fan clubs.

If you qualify, you can join groups like the American Motorcycle Association, Harley Owners Group, National Moto Guzzi Owners Club, and Gold Wing Road Riders…

We’ll wrap it…

Biker boys, guys, you’ve done a good job. Did you learn about motorcycle:

  • inventions
  • clubs
  • accessories and equipment
  • Units
  • Popular Motorcycles
  • Engines and Chassis

Now you can give good answers to questions about the history of motorcycles. The end.


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