Ever since motorcycle was first developed in 1885 by Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach, two German inventors, these have become popular modes of transport. Some Asian countries such as China, India, Indonesia and Vietnam have more motorcycles than other vehicles. Their sales have been increasing in countries such as the United States. There are a number of factors that have made motorcycles popular these days. Primary among them is the easy maneuverability in city traffic that is increasingly caught up in nasty traffic snarls. People also have to commute long distance from their home to their place of work. Parking place is difficult to find. Even if one finds them, it will be overcrowded. Running a vehicle in cities is becoming expensive having to pay toll charges, congestion charges, road tax and parking fees. Motorcycles become handy. They are more economical with better fuel efficacy too.
Classified as motorcycles, scooters differ from the motorbikes. Scooters have wheels that are smaller. Its engines too are smaller. Scooters are more easy to ride and less strenuous. The rider can place the legs on the running board while keeping the knees together. There is a protective fender in front to protect the legs. Scooters have undergone a lot of design changes.
Maxi-scooters and motor-scooters have more powerful engines and body. There are the four wheeled scooters too in the market. The Nextsport Fusion Scooter is a four wheeled scooter capable of rotating the front wheel 360 degrees. This scooter is specifically aimed at kids of seven or more years. It is an ideal gift for kids.
Rather than improve the public transport system to cater to the emerging needs, the policy everywhere is to promote private transport. Nor are mass transit system given the importance it rightly deserves. The old guzzlers are made economical with the introduction of more fuel efficient engines. In order to carry the ever increasing traffic, the infrastructure for transport is getting up-scaled as never before. The old roads which are incapable of carrying the traffic are replaced with four-lane road or expressways. Given these developments, motorcycles are becoming a preferred mode of transport.
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The popularity of motorcycles has grown over the past couple of decades to enormous proportions. Motorcycles have become so popular that hundreds of thousands of people meet in Daytona Beach, Florida each year for one week to show off their motorcycles and attend rallies and races at the Daytona Bike Week. Daytona Bike Week took place in 2009 from February 27th to March 8th. The Daytona Bike Week, even though it is called a week, actually lasts for roughly 10 days. More than 500,000 people attend this event each year and come from all over the country to the state of Florida. Daytona Bike Week is considered to be the most popular biking event in the country and it competes with the Sturgis Rally, which is held in Sturgis, South Dakota.
Daytona Bike Week can get rowdy at times, which is understandable, since there are over 500,000 people in attendance. The majority of the bikers present during this event wear a black helmet, which is the most popular color helmet for bikers these days. Helmets are sold in other colors such as red, blue, and green but the black helmet seems to be the most popular color helmet on the market. The restaurants, shops, and hotels in Daytona Beach are packed with motorcycle enthusiasts for a wonderful 10 day stretch that lasts even longer for some people who hate to leave once the event is complete.
There are all kinds of showcases, races, and other events for motorcycle enthusiasts in attendance at the Daytona Bike Week to take part in during their stay in Daytona Beach, Florida. Races take place almost each day of the 10 day stretch and the races involve some professional bike racers but the majority of the races involve the people in attendance for the event. Daytona Bike Week was absent from Daytona Beach, Florida from 1942-1947 due to World War II. The event officially began on January 24, 1937 and was known as the Daytona 200. The late co-founder of NASCAR, William France Sr., was the main promoter of Daytona Bike Week until his death.
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When I was kid, my civics teacher told us how every summer, he and some of his friends drove across the country on their motorcycles. I thought it was the coolest thing. Since then I’ve had friends take similar tours and have even taken several trips myself. I recommend such a vacation to everyone. If you are lucky enough to be skilled on a motorcycle, you’d be crazy not to take advantage of your talent, the road and the fact that in America, there is always somewhere to go and a road that can take you there.
Whether you’re a lone rider or have a group of friends to plan a trip with, the first thing to do is figure out how much time you can take. Even if you don’t have a long vacation available, there’s a tour out there for you. If you’re an east coaster or a mid-westerner, consider a tour of the Great Lakes. If you have more time, you should absolutely drive across the country. You can either map a route yourself, choosing the sites you want to stop and see, or there are guided tours you can hope onto.
The key is to know your pace. Guided tours have very specific itineraries and if you tend to enjoy a faster pace, or maybe you prefer to stop and see more of the sites, you’d be doing yourself and everyone else involved a disservice by joining the tour.
If you’re looking for a more intensive experience, consider road tripping to any of the dozens of motorcycle rallies that happen around the country. Taking place throughout the year and throughout the country, these rallies can be a fun way to meet other bikers, learn about new motorcycle accessories and just have a great time.
The most important suggestion is that before you take to the road, you should know a bit about the maintenance of your bike. I’ve known several people who found themselves stranded because they really knew nothing about their bikes… they were just in it for blind adventure. Maybe invest in a garage class. It’ll make your trip more relaxed if you know you can take care of an emergency.
Seeing America is a must do for anyone, but seeing it from a motorcycle is an amazingly unique experience, so if you have the opportunity don’t miss out. Be safe and enjoy yourself.
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