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Motorcycle facts you didn't know

10.21.14 | Motorcycle Technology Center

Does the roar of an engine beneath you and the wind in your face sound like an exhilarating combination? Are you a big motorcycles fan? Then maybe you already know that the first motorcycles were powered by steam and built in the 1800s. But did you know that the first gas-powered motorbike was built in 1885 by the same people who would go on to produce the Mercedes?* Here are 9 other facts about motorcycles that you might not know:

  • According to the Guinness World Book of Records, Rocky Robinson set the record for the fastest land speed on a motorcycle in his souped-up encapsulated Ack Attack. With a net horsepower between 700 and 900, Robinson reached speeds of more than 375 mph on September 25, 2010.

  • Harley-Davidson is the number one motorcycle manufacturer in the industry. According to its most recent figures, the company sold more than 35,000 bikes in the first quarter of 2014.

  • Sunny California has more motorcycle mechanics than any other state, but not far behind in the number 4 spot is Pennsylvania. **

  • Speaking of Pennsylvania, did you know that there were more than 860,000 licensed motorcyclists in the state in 2013?***

  • Women riders are increasing in numbers. According to 2012 figures, they now represent about 25 percent of motorcyclists or some 6.7 million riders.****

  • One of the most common reasons you'll see a bike stalled at the side of the road is because it has run out of fuel! Many older motorcycle models don't have fuel gauges.

  • What older motorcycles often do have, though, is something called a "petcock" that controls the flow of fuel to the engine. It also has a handy little "reserve" setting that pulls gas from the tank's bottom to help those out-of-gas riders make it to the next station.

  • Tires are among the top reasons motorcycles wind up in the shop! A nail or pothole can pop a tire, but motorcyclists have to be even more careful about uneven tire wear than automobile drivers. After all, they only have two.

  • Motorcycles have different engines and require different repairs than automobile engines, but did you also know they need specialized tools? Using the wrong tools can strip threads, ruin bolts and cause unnecessary damage to bikes and their engines.

If you know and love the mechanics of motorcycles, maybe you're ready to learn even more. Can you imagine finding a career where you get to work on motorbikes every day? You could train for a career in motorsports technology at YTI Career Institute's Motorcycle Technology Center in as little as 9 months. Visit our website today to learn more or to explore some of our other career training programs.

References:
**http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes493052.htm
*** http://www.dmv.state.pa.us/stats/motorcycleStats.shtml
**** http://www.womenridersnow.com/pages/about_women_riders_now.aspx
***** http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/speed/fastest-motorcycle

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