“Four wheels move the body. Two wheels move the soul” (Unknown); “Faster, faster, faster, until the thrill of speed overcomes the fear of death” (Hunter Thompson); “Only a biker knows why a dog sticks his head out of a car window” (Unknown); The love of riding a motorcycle, the thrill of being out in the open and feeling the speed, is intoxicating. Once hooked to a motorbike, it is difficult to come out of. As the first quote goes, a motorcycle moves the soul! Just as one has to play a hand to appreciate any game, one has to ride a bike to know what it is like.
Motorbikes can be means of transport as well, particularly in congested urban traffic. It is a cost effective mode of transport that takes less $$$ to buy one and even lesser to keep it running. Four two wheelers can be parked in place one four wheeler and an equal number can move on road for every car. In the developing world, mainly in Asia, motorbike is a major mode of transport. Why, a whopping 60% of motorbikes are found only in Asia, not accounting for Japan. India is home to largest number of bikes in the world, with China close on her heels.
Majority of motorbikes are produced by Japanese manufacturers such as Suzuki, Kawasaki, Yamaha and Honda, who produce mainly the workhorses for everyday use, while manufacturers such as Harley-Davidson and BMW have attained cult status catering to lifestyle users. In addition Piaggio, Triumph, KTM, and Ducati have carved a niche for themselves.
There are popular subcultures and clubs associated with motorcycles, such as Harley Owners Group, American Motorcyclist Association, Honda Riders Club of America, BMW MOA, etc. These clubs regularly hold motorcycle rallies around the world that are attended by a large number of motorbike aficionados. Motorcycle rallies organized to raise charity funds are very popular.
Motorcycle accessories is a thriving market, with a large number of players catering to diverse needs of bikers. The accessories can be used for various purposes such as to enhance performance, safety, appearance and comfort. Accessories can be OEMs fitted at the factory or purchased/custom made as after-market goods.
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