6 Fun Facts About Motorcycles

June 26, 2017 2 min read

Motorcycles Have Been Around Since the 1800s

No, that's not a typo. The world's first commercial motorcycle was designed by Edward Butler in 1884. It features a three-wheel design with a twin four-stroke engine. It wasn't the most powerful transportation vehicle on the road, but it paved the way for modern-day motorcycles, helping to form the industry into what it has become.


Motorcycles Took The Role of Horses in the World War I

Motorcycles played a key role in the Allied forces' tactics during World War I. Up until then, messengers had used horses to relay messages on the battlefield. But with the advent of the motorcycle, this task became easier and safer. According to some estimates, more than half of Harley-Davidson's manufacturing output went to the Allied forces' efforts during the latter half of World War I.


The World's Most Expensive Bike Costs $360,000

Ever wonder what the world's most expensive motorcycle is? This title goes to the Feline One. Produced by the Swiss motorcycle maker Feline Motorcycles, it comes with a staggering price tag of $360,000. Reports indicate that it's made with exceptional materials like carbon, titanium, aerospace aluminum and fine leather. What's really interesting is that it doesn't have any visible signs of fastening, meaning there are no bolts protruding out.


Some Motorcycles Have Built-In Speakers and Stereo Systems

The old days of having to ride a motorcycle in silence are long gone. Many manufacturers have now begun to equip their bikes with built-in Bluetooth speakers and other stereo equipment. So whether you are riding down the street or across the country, you can enjoy some tunes on your bike.  Interested in adding some tunes to your bike?  Check out Steel Horse Audio.


Motorcycles Save Gas, and Lots of It

It's no secret that are motorcycles are more fuel efficient that full-sized cars and trucks, but you might be surprised to learn just how much fuel they save. According to Wikipedia, the Verucci Nitro 50 cc is capable of running for 107 miles on a single gallon of gas. Now that's some serious fuel efficiency!


Pyramid of Motorcycles

The Indian Army's Daredevil Team is credited with setting the world record for the largest motorcycle pyramid ever created. This group of highly trained riders created a massive pyramid consisting of 201 men riding on 10 motorcycles. No other group has yet to beat this record.