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Go for a ride day
Special Interest
Slow ride take it easy!

When: November 22nd

Where: United States

Traditional Celebration Ideas

Find the best stretch of winding road with plenty of scenery near you and jump on your motorcycle to go for a ride!  Maybe an easy going ride on a pontoon boat in the afternoon to cap off the day.

Numbers

The famed Isle of Mann TT motorcycle race takes place on roads that are closed to the public. The current lap record was done by a rider averaging 134 miles per hour and completing in under 17 minutes! 

Description

The history of the motorcycle can't really be attributed to single innovator, person, or company.  The concept was developed by many engineers and inventors throughout Europe at near  the same time period.  The the motorization of a bicycle is the basic premise, and in 1867 the first steam engine was attached to a bicycle making it the first steam powered bike.  The term "motorcycle" wasn't really adopted until 1894 when the company Hildebrand & Wolfmüller created a production version of their powered bicycle and it was referred to as a motorcycle.  Peugeot Motorcycles is the world's oldest motorcycle manufacturer.  The postwar motorcycle started to look much different, and by1920, Harley-Davidson became the largest manufacturer, selling different motorcycle models in over 67 countries.  For years American companies Indian & Harley Davidson were rivals until the British company, Royal Infield took over Indian in 1953.  After World War 2, the Japanese manufacturers, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Yamaha begin to produce and dominate the large motorcycle market around the world though Harley-Davidson is still hugely popular especially in the United States.

Interesting Facts

  1. The world’s longest motorcycle is a crazy 86 ft 3 in long.
  2. In Indiana motorcyclists only have to stop for 2 minutes at a red light. After that time they can treat the stop light as a stop sign.
  3. Rocky Robinson currently holds the world record for fastest motorcycle at  376 miles per hour which he demonstrated on the Utah Bonneville Salt Flats.
  4. The longest distance while riding a motorcycle in 24 hours is 2023.5 miles in S. Africa in 2014.
  5. There are only 3 states in the US that do not have a law requiring wearing a helmet for any motorcyclist.

Information

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  • November 22nd
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