A motorcycle (also called a motorbike, bike, moto or cycle) is a twoor three wheeled motor vehicle. Motorcycle design varies greatly to suit a range of different purposes: long distance travel, commuting, cruising, sport including racing, and off-road riding. Motorcycling is riding a motorcycle and related social activity such as joining a motorcycle club and attending motorcycle rallies.
In 1894, Hildebrand & Wolfmüller became the first series production motorcycle, and the first to be called a motorcycle. In 2012, the three top motorcycle producers globally by volume were Honda (from Japan), Bajaj Auto, and Hero MotoCorp (both from India).
Motorcycles are mainly a luxury good in the developed world, where they are used mostly for recreation, as a lifestyle accessory or a symbol of personal identity. In developing countries, motorcycles are overwhelmingly utilitarian due to lower prices and greater fuel economy. Of all the motorcycles in the world, 58% are in the Asia Pacific and Southern and Eastern Asia regions, excluding car-centric Japan.
According to the United States Department of Transportation the number of fatalities per vehicle mile traveled was 37 times higher for motorcycles than for cars.
1. Ducati 1098
With the release of the 1098, Ducati created a stir not only with road riders, but also in the racing world, specifically the Superbike World Championship. In an attempt to level the playing field, WSBK regulations provide for concessions to motorcycles depending on the number of cylinders in their engine design. The fewer the cylinders, the more concessions, and with its two cylinder V-twin design Ducati was able to capitalize on many of these concessions.
2. MV Agusta F4 1000
The F4 engine is a liquid cooled inline four cylinder four-stroke with two overhead camshafts (DOHC), 16 radial valves, electronic multipoint injection, induction discharge electronic ignition, with engine displacements of 749.5 cc (45.74 cu in), 998 cc (60.9 cu in), and 1,078 cc (65.8 cu in). The engine was derived from the 1990–1992 Ferrari Formula One engine. Early in the design process Ferrari engineers assisted in the development of the engine. MV (Cagiva at the time) quickly deviated from the Ferrari design, but they kept one important feature, the radial valves. The F4 engine is unique in the sense that it is the only radial valved motorcycle engine currently in production.
3. Harley Davidson Night Rod
Model years: 2006–2008. The Night Rod was introduced in 2006 as the “new hot rod-inspired motorcycle” built around the Revolution engine. The Night also has forward controls as opposed to the 2006 Street Rod the only V-Rod had mid controls (Rear sets). Straight-shot mufflers helped the Revolution Engine to produce a claimed 120 horsepower (89 kW) at the crank. The Night Rod had a black frame, black and chrome engine, Brembo Brakes, slotted aluminum disk wheels, and a color-matched fairing.
4. BMW F 650 GS
The F650GS had several advanced technology features for its time, with computer-controlled fuel injection,catalytic converter, a Nikasil-lined cylinder, optional ABS and an airbox designed to exploit the airflow pattern of the bike when in motion. Combined with the bike’s high compression ratio and twin spark plugs (from 2004 onwards), excellent fuel economy and low emissions existed alongside high power output. The original F650 single-engine was manufactured for BMW by Austrian company Rotax while the bike was assembled by Aprilia. When the F650GS was launched, the full process was brought back in-house.
5. Yamaha T-Max
The TMAX features a powerful, new-for-2015, 530cc, liquid-cooled, four-stroke, twin-cylinder engine that is also fuel-injected and designed specifically to deliver maximum fuel efficiency combined with excellent acceleration and power for effortless commuting and highway riding.
WORST 5 As you could see I am not selecting crappy bikes for worst bikes, those bikes are just something that I would never buy for myself.
1. Suzuki GSX-F Extremely slow and lazy bike the only good on this bike is small fuel consumption but that’s not something that bike should be proud of.
The two-valve GS Series was Suzuki’s first real foray into four-stroke motorcycles. Although Suzuki produced 90cc and 123cc four-stroke single cylinder road bikes under the brand Colleda in the mid-1950s, up until 1976 Suzuki was primarily a builder of two-stroke motorcycles. Suzuki’s range of road going motorcycles was almost entirely two-stroke in the mid-1970s (the oddball being the Wankel Rotary powered RE-5). The sophisticated Suzuki GT series and the flagship 750cc water-cooled, posi-lube lubricated, three-cylinder two-stroke GT750 characterizing the breed.
2. BMW K 1200 GT This bike offers everything that you don’t need on a bike. It is so heavy that you can’t push it in revers by using legs no no this bike has a reverse gear.
The BMW K1200GT is a sport-touring motorcycle made by BMW. The second generation K1200GT, introduced in 2006, uses essentially the same inline-4 engine as the BMW K1200S sportbike, which held the world speed record in 2005 for its class at 279.33 km/h (173.57 mph),and the K1200R. The new model is lighter and more powerful than the first generation K1200GT, which was introduced in 2003.
The K1200GT’s standard equipment includes an adjustable seat and handlebars, integral ABS, panniers, and electronically adjustable screen. Available options include: electronic suspension adjustment (ESA), xenon light, on board computer including oil level warning, automatic stability control (ASC), heated seat, heated hand grips, tire pressure monitoring (TPM), cruise control and anti-theft alarm.
3. Aprilia 125RS Very boring attempt to create visually racing bike with a very small and loud engine. Maybe good bike for beginners……NOOOOT !!!
The RS125 was given completely new fairing styling similar to the RSV 1000R. The most notable features are the angular fairings, two headlight units, digital gauge and multispoke Marchesini-styled rims.
The bike’s brakes have also been upgraded,featuring a radial four-piston brake caliper and braided brake lines.
In 2008, the bike’s electronics were changed froml Nippon-Denso to Piaggio electronics, most notably the new CDI and EFI to meet the more stringent EURO3 Emissions standards.
4. Hyosung 650 Big and strong engine on low quality chassis with transmission that sucks as well. Very uncomfortable and low quality, plus expensive bike.
The family ties with the SV650 are indeed tight, even if those twin mills are certainly not identical. This year sees the introduction of fuel injection to the 650 motor, and power-wise, at least on paper, it’s nearly on even ground with the trusty SV650 and Kawasaki’s 650 parallel-Twins.
5. Piaggio MP3 Missed concept, extremely unreliable and it caused a lot of crashes because of mechanical failures. My advice is to stay away from it.
Since introduction 125cc, 250cc, 300 (278) cc, 400cc and 500cc versions have been available.
In Europe, the 500 cc version is marketed under the sporty Gilera brand, called the Gilera Fuoco 500ie.In the United States, the 125 cc is not available, and the Fuoco is marketed as the Piaggio MP3 500.
In June 2009, the MP3 LT 400 was launched in the UK. This version has a slightly wider front track allowing it to be classified as a tricycle rather than as a motorcycle (as are the other versions). This allows the LT400 variant to be driven on a standard UK car licence rather than the motorcycle licence required for the original versions.