Even if you’ve been riding for many years like us, we guarantee some of these motorcycle facts may still surprise you - they definitely shocked us!
When it comes to motorcycles, we like to think we know a lot about their history, bike options, and more. Well... we found some pretty cool facts that we didn't know and wanted to share them with you, enjoy!
Seven Interestingly Shocking Motorcycle Facts
- The first-ever Harley Davidson motorcycle only went 40km/h. It had a single-cylinder engine that actually used a tomato can as its carburetor.
- The world’s most expensive motorcycle costs $360,000! It's the Feline One, created by Feline Motorcycles. Some of the materials used to create it are titanium, carbon, and aerospace aluminum.
- Motorcycles are extremely fuel-efficient. Although we all know they are more fuel-efficient than cars or trucks, did you know the Verucci Nitro 50 can go 172 km on one gallon of gas?
- The use of a helmet was authorized following Colonel T.E. Lawrence’s death. He was killed in a motorcycle accident after he swerved to avoid two young boys riding on their bicycles.
- Motorcycles have been around since the 1800s! Edward Butler designed and created the world’s first motorcycle in 1884. It wasn’t nearly as powerful and exciting as motorcycles are today, but it created the industry we are all so invested in now.
- The longest distance ever ridden on a motorcycle in 24 hours was 3256.5 km. Matthew McKelvey set this Guinness World Record in 2014 while riding in South Africa.
- Horses were used as a method of transportation for messengers during World War 1 but were soon overtaken by the use of motorcycles.