Motorcycles and Scooters are the most popular transport mode in the Asian region along with Sri Lanka. Mean while some people are using them for motorbike racing purpose. In America, Europe, Australia, Japan and in other countries motorbikes are used as summer time vehicle for pleasure touring and racing purpose as they have snow falls during the cold months. Motorbike riders need special clothing during the cold season and may experience difficulty while riding in cold. Most of the motorbike racing champions do come from America, Europe and Japan for the superbike class. There are many kinds of motorcycles available with different mode of engine, side cars, chain driven, Belt Driven and shaft driven. These are classed racing, commuter, Cruiser, cross country, Adventure and desert bikes. Some are driven on the street as cruiser while others used to climb and run downwards on the mountain roads and slopes. There are fitted two or four stroke with 50 cc engines 90 cc, 100cc, 125 cc 150cc 200cc 250cc 500cc 650 cc 750 cc 1000cc and massive power producing 5,700 cc, 6,000 cc and 8,200 cc. There are Re-chargeable battery powered motorcycles too available in the market.
In Sri Lanka currently Yamaha, Honda, Bajaj and TVS motorcycles are leading in the motorcycle sales. 150cc size motorcycles with elevated fuel tanks are popular with the younger generation. On the other hand 125 and 100cc motorcycles too are selling in good numbers for fuel efficiency and easy ridding. On the scooter sales Honda, Yamaha, TVS and Hero are performing good sales in Sri Lanka.
These Motorbikes are made to make land speed records with the two wheel drives. There are 3 or 4 wheel motor cycles which are made for to run in the sand in beaches or desert and another model available as all train riders. They come as Two-stroke and four-stroke engines. Two strokes Engines need oil to be added in to their petrol tank or in to a special tank to be added in to the combustion chamber.
Large motorcycles have facility for engine cooling and engine oil cooling as they can go on long runs at high speed. Most of the small engines come with the air cooling system through the engine body fins. Large capacity motorcycles used to come with liquid cooled engines and their sump oil is too cooled through specially built radiators that will cool the oil and that will maintain the oil's viscosity.
The motorcycles are running on two wheels. So anyone who can ride a bicycle can start to ride small motorcycles first with the assistance of a good Instructor as they have the required balance to keep them on running. They can select a clutch less automatic model or with gear lever and clutch model. The beginners must use nearly all the available safety gears along with the helmet. Many people had met with accidents when they tried to run motorcycle without having the required balancing or not having any guidance on how to run a motorcycle. So first learn to ride a normal bicycles as they are light weight and easy to learn. Then go for small motorcycles with an Instructor.
In most of the countries, you will have to apply for a learner rider license from the authorities before you to go on learning a motorcycle on a street. Sri Lanka too applies such a learner driving permit.
All the motorbike engines have their serial numbers on them and the motorcycle frames too have their own serial numbers for chassis. All the Governments request the motor cycle’s to be registered with them. Motorbike rider and the pillion rider need to wear safety helmets that are certified for the motorcycle riders. In Sri Lanka Honda CB250F (Hornet 250) is considered as the dream motorcycle of lot of young men. Now people are looking for motorcycles with shouldered (Elevated) petrol tanks, mid-ship silencers, and beautiful graphics special exhaust sound.
Japan, America and India are the countries that are producing large scale motorcycles where Japan and America produces large sports and cruise types while India used to make commuter type and large size motorcycles for them and for the International markets. Currently in Sri Lanka, Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Bajaj, Hero, TVS, Mahindra, Aprilia, Demak, KTM, Suzuki and Royal Enfield motorbikes are available for sale. Also electric motorcycles too are available for sale in Sri Lanka.
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Top Selling Motorcycles in Asia region are here. This list didn't count on the Indian made machines although India got many special bikes. We will look at them in another sector.