The German inventor Gottlieb Daimler is generally credited with building the first practical motorcycle in 1885. Gottlieb Daimler was an engineer, industrial designer and industrialist born in Schorndorf, in what is now Germany. He was a pioneer of internal-combustion engines and automobile development.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that in 2000, 631 motorcyclists were saved by wearing their helmet.
Motorcycles and scooters are, on average, about twice as fuel efficient as cars.
Up to eight motorbikes can fit in the same parking space occupied by one car.
Kawasaki also makes spaceships.
The first rider to ever go over 300mph was Don Vesco in 1975, on a 1496cc Yamaha-engined streamliner.
MV Agusta is currently producing the F4 1078 RR 312. 312kph being the recorded top speed at the Salt Flats in Utah in 2007.The RR312 reached a recorded top speed of 195, but since speeds are averaged, it's recorded top speed is 194mph, or metric, 312kph.
The fastest motorcycle is the Dodge Tomahawk, a prototype with an unusual design, featuring the 500 hp (373 kW) 8.3 L V10 engine from the Dodge Viper.
Harley-Davidson built push-bikes between 1917 and 1923. The first Harley Davidson motorcycle built in 1903 used a tomato can for a carburetor.
When Valentino Rossi was five, his dad Graziano built him a go-cart to discourage him from getting into bikes.