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Old 12-19-2013, 06:01 PM   #1
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Default 10 little-known facts about motorcycles

News Shopper recently released 10 little-known facts about motorcycles to commemorate the anniversary of the first known motorcycle race, which was in 1897.

When motorcycles were first invented, it didn't take long before people started racing them. The first recorded race was over the distance of one mile. The winner, Charles Jarrot, had a blistering time of 2 minutes and 8 seconds on his Fournier motorcycle.

On to the facts:

1)The front tire provides 75 per cent of a bikeís grip when cornering.

2)The Vespa brand of scooter got its name from the Italian word for wasp.

3)As well as motorbikes, Kawasaki also makes spaceships. It only began making motorcycles in 1962 to publicise its Ďheavy industriesí which were unknown to the public.

4)Devil, Satan and Lucifer have all been brands of motorcycles.

5)The first motorcycle was the SH Roper 1869 steam cycle.

6)His character The Fonz may have been the epitome of cool but actor Henry Winkler couldn't actually ride a motorcycle.

7)When Valentino Rossi was five, his dad (a former motorbike racer himself) built him a go-kart as a substitute to biking out of concern for his sonís safety.

8)The TOTO motorcycle built in Japan in 2010 ran on human waste.

9)American Triumph dealer Bud Ekins did the now-famous 65ft motorcycle jump in The Great Escape (in one take), not Steve McQueen.

10)Between 1917 and 1923 macho American bike firm Harley-Davidson made mopeds. Meanwhile, Hellís Angels founder Sonny Barger said in his autobiography he prefers Japanese bikes to Harleys.

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Old 12-19-2013, 08:56 PM   #2
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On number one...I'm not saying your wrong, but I feel the weight going to the rear wheel
when I hit the throttle at the apex of the turn. I could be totally wrong, it's just the
feel I get.

Sonny prefers Japanese bikes???
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Regarding #8, wouldn't want to be far from home on a cold winter day and have to fill it up.
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On number 4. I remember Satan and Lucifer but what was the Devil?
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Ducati Diavel
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Ah! That's why it didn't click with me. So the statement #4 is not completely accurate. There is not one called Devil. Correct?
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Ah! That's why it didn't click with me. So the statement #4 is not completely accurate. There is not one called Devil. Correct?
Diavel is Italian for devil.
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But it isn't Devil. It's Diavel. It didn't say something meaning Devil. I know. I'm being picky.
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Maybe the devil is Italian.
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Okay, that could be.
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For #1, it's 74.79% to be exact.
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Dods,
On number one...I'm not saying your wrong, but I feel the weight going to the rear wheel
when I hit the throttle at the apex of the turn. I could be totally wrong, it's just the
feel I get.
You're adding acceleration into the equation. The front tire does most of the work in braking and turning. In turning alone the rear tire is simply following while keeping the rear tire from kicking out. Holding the line, if you will. The front tire is keeping the front from kicking out, as well as changing the bike direction, which adds more forces than simply holding a line.
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10)Between 1917 and 1923 macho American bike firm Harley-Davidson made mopeds. Meanwhile, Hellís Angels founder Sonny Barger said in his autobiography he prefers Japanese bikes to Harleys.
Ya know... I'm just gonna sit here eating popcorn, and wait for the HD crowd to see, and jump on this like a pack of hungry dobermans on a 3 legged cat!
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