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About Motorcycles

The About Motorcycles Channel explores the systems and components of motorcycles and how they’re built. Learn about motorcycles at HowStuffWorks.


Which Is More Dangerous: Motorcycles or Cars?

The CarStuff guys barrel full throttle into the answer in this podcast episode.

Regulation Works: As Motorcycle Helmet Laws Ease, Injuries Increase

Helmet laws protect motorcyclists from face and head injuries — the state of Michigan just proved it by getting rid of them.

10 Motorcycle World Records

Motorcycles are thrilling enough as they are, but these record breakers have a need for extreme speed and adventure. If you thought doing a wheelie for 200 miles was impossible, think again.

10 Good Beginner Motorcycles

Everyone wants to burn rubber on the road, but you'd better make sure your equipment suits your needs and skill level.

Are motorcycles really more dangerous than cars?

The open road has its allure — and its inherent risks. But are two wheels really deadlier than four?

Can doing a wheelie break your motorcycle's drive shaft?

Shaft-driven bikes have their advantages. The ability to drive on one wheel without risking injury — to rider or vehicle — is not among them.

Can motorcycle jackets save your life?

When you hit the pavement in a crash, a tough outer layer designed to protect your vulnerable parts doesn't hurt. And some jackets can help you avoid crashes in the first place.

Do loud pipes really save lives?

I am biker. Hear me roar extra loudly, so you don't hit me with your car. It's a safety feature, see?

How important are motorcycle boots?

How important are your feet? If you value them, invest in solid protection. Here's what to look for.

What does stretching a sportbike do?

Extending a motorcycle's frame gives it a new look. Done right, it also gives a drag racer a down-low advantage. You should look into stretching your sportbike.