About Motorcycles

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The Hells Angels Motorcycle Club has a reputation for being an "outlaw" motorcycle group. But is the organization really as dangerous as it's made out to be in the media?

By Akweli Parker

Each year, more than half a million motorcycle enthusiasts make their way to Sturgis, S.D., for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. But what makes the Sturgis rally so special?

By Christopher Neiger

Motorcycles have evolved in countless ways since their creating near the beginning of the 20th century. Check out our motorcycle image gallery to see how this trend exploded into the coutless motorcycle models, choppers and sport bikes you know today.


Our list of odd motorcycle names spans more than a century of motorbike history. Some are hard core, some are goofy, and some of them are just plain weird.

By the Editors of Publications International, Ltd.

The Vespa is a two-wheeled scooter used for easy transportation and loved for high-fashion style. Learn how they're made, the history behind it and the style that has made it so popular.

By Ed Grabianowski

Wouldn't it be great if one vehicle could handle snow, mud, and regular road conditions without having to even change tires? Enter the Hyanide a vehicle designed by students for the 2006 Michelin Challenge.

By Ed Grabianowski

Motorcycles, which can achieve fuel economies as high as 85 miles per gallon, provide an attractive alternative to gas-guzzling cars. Learn how motorcycle design has evolved over the years.

By William Harris