Motorcycles and Scooters are used to commute in Sri Lanka and India along with Africa and in the Asian countries. Professional riders are using them for motorbike racing competitions and stunt purpose. Most of the motorbike racing champions do come from America, Europe and Japan in the superbike class. In America, Europe, Australia and in Japan motorbikes are used as summer time vehicle for pleasure touring and for racing purpose as they have snow during the winter. 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 on them with special exhaust sound. Meanwhile metallic and matte colors are very popular with the motorbike riders in India and other parts.
Many kinds of motorcycles are available with different size of engine, with side cars and as chain driven, Belt Driven and shaft driven. These are classed as racing, commuter, Cruiser, cross country, Adventure desert bikes and as rechargeable battery powered two wheelers. They are called as street bikes and cruiser while others used to climb and run downwards on the mountains, muddy terrains and slopes. These two wheelers are fitted with two or four stroke engines with the capacity ranging from 50 cc, 90 cc, 100cc, 125 cc, 150cc, 200cc, 250cc, 500cc, 650 cc, 750 cc, 1000cc engines and massive power producing 5,700 cc, 6,000 cc and 8,200 cc. There are Electric Scooters and motorbikes operated by Re-chargeable batteries that can be charged in homes too are available in the market.
Large 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 beach sand or in deserts while another model is available as all train riders. Two strokes Engines need oil to be added in to their fuel line and to lubricate moving parts of them from a special tank. In the early years two stroke engines are considered as quick powered with less weight but now with less weight components 4 stroke engines too are meeting the power of 2 stroke two wheelers.
Motorcycle, Scooter and two wheeler Prices in 2020 is expected to be increased for the India manufactured models. This is due to meeting the Indian Government's two wheelers safety regulations and emission standard requirements that will apply from April 2020. So this price increase will apply to motorcycles and scooters exported to Sri Lanka too. BS-VI is applying for the emission standard along with ABS and or CBS braking system is compulsory according to the two wheels safety regulations. So there are chances for the sales increase of Electric Motorcycle and Electric Scooters (EV) which are not affected by the emission standard. Already Bajaj, TVS, Hero, Honda are marketing their own Lithium Ion battery powered two wheelers.
There are two kinds of motorcycle rider license are available for scooters and motorcycle riders in Sri Lanka. One is under 100cc and the other is for 150cc powered engines and above. Those who want to get a motorcycle or scooter license must pass the written and the practical examinations after proofing age and their health through medical examination. Two wheelers are not allowed to ride in the country’s Expressways. It is a crime punishable under the country’s law. Visiting tourists can obtain temporary motorcycle driving license, if they have their own country riding license. It is valid for 6 months only. In Sri Lanka 250cc motorcycle is the legally allowed street motorbike. 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.
In Sri Lanka currently Yamaha, Honda, Bajaj, Suzuki, Hero, Mahindra and TVS brands are leading in the motorcycle and scooter unit 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. Scooters are preferred by women while young men in cities too preferring them.
Large capacity motorcycleshave Liquid Cooled Engine and facility to cool the engine oil too. So 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. Most of the new motorcycles are provided with Tubeless tyre and if they get punctured, they will lose the air pressure slowly. Latest model scooters and motorcycles are connected with the riders’ Smartphone through Bluetooth technology and the company’s Apps. This allows the rider to get lot of information of theirs two wheeler. Also rider can get turn by turn navigation instructions on the Instrument console
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 must have their serial numbers on the Frame and Engine.
Governments request the motorcycle’s to be registered with them.
They must pass the Green Test annually.
All of them must have current revenue License and third party Insurance.
Motorbike rider and the pillion rider must wear certified motorcycle safety helmets.
Japan, America and India are the countries that are producing motorcycles in large scale. 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 and scooters too are available for sale in Sri Lanka.
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