Motorcycles are two-wheeled vehicles that use internal combustion powered engines to move. Most motorcycles have four to six speeds, with a clutch and throttle controlled by twist-type controls mounted on the handlebars. Power is transferred from the engine to the rear wheel sprockets through a chain, with most motorcycles using hydraulic brakes instead of mechanical ones.
There are many reasons why people choose to ride motorcycles. One common reason is for comfortable transportation. Compared to cars, motorcycles are much cheaper to buy and run and can easily maneuver through traffic. Another reason is for the enjoyment of riding motorcycles. The exhilarating sensation that one gets when driving a motorcycle is not something that can be experienced by just sitting in a car.
While some riders use motorcycles for work, most people who own them ride for pleasure and for the freedom that comes with it. Motorcycles can be used to go on long trips, and some have even been modified for racing or off-road riding.
Motorcycle enthusiasts often belong to motorcycle clubs, which help them socialize and share their passion for the sport. Some clubs also organize charity rides, where they help those in need. In some countries, such as India and Vietnam, over 80 percent of households own a motorcycle, and they are used for everything from transporting goods to visiting family in rural areas.
A large number of older people, especially prosperous middle-aged businessmen, also ride motorcycles. Their Harley-Davidsons and Ducatis are usually parked in their three-car garages or living rooms, and they make a significant contribution to the annual count of motorcycle fatalities. It is important to be fully alert and free from alcohol or drugs when you ride, as these can affect your judgment, balance, coordination, ability to shift gears, and control of the throttle.