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Motorcycle Trivia Quiz Questions With Answers

Motorcycle trivia quiz with answers

 

Motorcycle Trivia Quiz Questions With Answers

What is a motorcycle?
A: A motorcycle, often called a bike, motorbike, or cycle, is a two- or three-wheeled motor vehicle.

Motorcycle design varies greatly to suit a range of different purposes such as what?
A: Long distance travel, commuting, cruising, sport including racing, and off-road riding.

Motorcycling is riding a motorcycle and related social activity such as what?
A: Joining a motorcycle club and attending motorcycle rallies.

In 1894, Hildebrand & Wolfmüller became the first what?
A: Series production motorcycle, and the first to be called a motorcycle.

In 2014 who were the three top motorcycle producers globally by volume?
A: They were Honda, Yamaha (both from Japan), and Hero MotoCorp (India).

In developing countries, motorcycles are considered utilitarian due to what?
A: Lower prices and greater fuel economy.

According to the US Department of Transportation the number of fatalities per vehicle mile traveled was how much higher for motorcycles than for cars?
A: 37 times.

 
What are the three major types of motorcycle?
A: Street, off-road, and dual purpose.

There is often a racing counterpart to each type, such as what?
A: Road racing and street bikes, or motocross and dirt bikes.

Street bikes include what?
A: Cruisers, sport bikes, scooters and mopeds, and many other types.

Off-road motorcycles include many types designed for what?
A: Dirt-oriented racing classes such as motocross and are not street
legal in most areas.

Dual purpose machines like the dual-sport style are made to do what?
A: To go off-road but include features to make them legal and comfortable on the street as well.

Each configuration offers either specialized advantage or broad capability, and each design creates a what?
A: A different riding posture.

In some countries the use of “what" is restricted?
A: Pillions (rear seats).

 
What was the first internal combustion, gas fueled motorcycle?
A: The Daimler Reitwagen.

It was designed and built by whom?
A: German inventors Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach in Bad Cannstatt, Germany in 1885.

What did it rely on to remain upright while turning?
A: It relied on two outrigger wheels.

What did the inventors call their invention?
A: The Reitwagen ("riding car").

It was designed as a what?
A: An expedient test bed for their new engine, rather than a true prototype vehicle.

The first commercial design for a self-propelled cycle was a three-wheel design called what?
A: The Butler Petrol Cycle, conceived of Edward Butler in England in 1884.

Where did he exhibit his plans for the vehicle?
A: At the Stanley Cycle Show in London in 1884.

 
The vehicle was built by whom?
A: The Merryweather
Fire Engine company in Greenwich, in 1888.

The Butler Petrol Cycle was a three-wheeled vehicle, with the rear wheel directly driven by a what?
A: A 5⁄8 hp, 2.4 cu in gasoline engine.

How was it started?
A: Starting was by compressed air.

The engine was liquid-cooled, with a radiator over what?
A: The rear driving wheel.

How was the speed controlled?
A: By means of a throttle valve lever.

No braking system was fitted; How was the vehicle stopped?
A: By raising and lowering the rear driving wheel using a foot-operated lever; the weight of the machine was then borne by two small castor wheels.

Where was the driver seated?
A: Between the front wheels.

 
It wasn't, however, a success, as Butler failed to find what?
A: Sufficient financial backing.

If a two-wheeled vehicle with steam propulsion is considered a motorcycle, then the first motorcycles built seem to be what?
A: The French Michaux-Perreaux steam velocipede which patent application was filled in December 1868.

When did Excelsior Motor Company, originally a bicycle manufacturing company based in Coventry, England, begin production of their first motorcycle model?
A: In 1896.

What was the first production motorcycle in the US?
A: It was the Orient-Aster, built by Charles Metz in 1898 at his factory in Waltham,
Massachusetts .

Many of the nineteenth century
inventor s who worked on early motorcycles often did what?
A: Moved on to other inventions.

Daimler and Roper, for example, both went on to do what?
A: Develop automobiles.

In 1898, what company in England began producing motorbikes?
A: Triumph Motorcycles.

 
By 1903 it was producing how many bikes per year?
A: Over 500 bikes.

When did Indian begin production?
A: In 1901 and Harley-Davidson was established two years later.

By the outbreak of World War I, who was the largest motorcycle manufacturer in the
world ?
A: Indian, producing over 20,000 bikes per year.

During the First World
War , motorbike production was greatly ramped up for the war effort to do what?
A: Supply effective communications with front line troops.

Messengers on
horses were replaced with dispatch riders on motorcycles doing what?
A: Carrying messages, performing reconnaissance and acting as a
military police.

American company Harley-Davidson was devoting how much of its factory output toward military contract by the end of the war?
A: Over 50%.
The British company Triumph Motorcycles sold more than 30,000 of its Triumph Type H model to whom during the war?
A: Allied forces.

 
With the rear wheel driven by a belt, the Model H was fitted with what engine ?
A: A 499 cc (30.5 cu in) air-cooled four-stroke single-cylinder engine.

It was also the first Triumph without what?
A: Pedals.

The Model H in particular, is regarded by many as having been what?
A: The first "modern motorcycle".

It was so popular with its users that it was nicknamed what?
A: The "Trusty Triumph."

By 1920, who was the largest manufacturer?
A: Harley-Davidson.

Their motorcycles were being sold by dealers in how many countries?
A: 67.

By the late
1920 s or early 1930s, DKW in Germany took over as what?
A: The largest manufacturer.

 
In the 1950s what began to play an increasing part in the development of racing motorcycles?
A: Streamlining.

Moto Guzzi produced competitive race machines, and by 1957 nearly all the Grand Prix races were being won by what?
A: Streamlined machines.

The following year, 1958, full enclosure fairings were what?
A: Banned from racing by the FIM in the light of the safety concerns.

From the 1960s through the 1990s, small two-stroke motorcycles were popular worldwide, partly as a result of what?
A: East German MZs Walter Kaaden's engine work in the 1950s.

In the 21st century, the motorcycle industry is mainly dominated by whom?
A: The Indian motorcycle industry and by Japanese motorcycle companies.

In addition to the large capacity motorcycles, there is a large market in smaller capacity (less than 300 cc) motorcycles, mostly concentrated where?
A: In Asian and African countries and produced in
China and India.

A Japanese example is the 1958 Honda Super Cub, which went on to become what?
A: The biggest selling vehicle of all
time , with its 60 millionth unit produced in April 2008.

Today, this area is dominated by mostly Indian companies with whom emerging as the world's largest manufacturer of two wheelers?
A: Hero MotoCorp.

Its Splendor model has sold how many units to date?
A: More than 8.5 million.

 

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