Motorcycles and Choppers

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What does it take to put on one of fastest, high-flying motorcycle races in the world?

By Cherise Threewitt

Calm down Evel Knievel. Popping those wheelies could get you in in trouble with the law.

By Cherise Threewitt

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

By Kate Kershner

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

By Jesslyn Shields

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.

By Jamie Page Deaton

Motorcycles are all pretty fast, but one reigns supreme. Hint: It has a jet turbine engine.

By Cherise Threewitt

Don't your motorcycle bag so light you end up stranded and helpless. Before leaving home, learn some basic repairs and pack these essential tools.

By Cherise Threewitt

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Few but notorious, bikers with criminal tendencies started getting together formally in the 1930s. And though they might have been hellish, they weren't in the group you might be thinking of.

By Cherise Threewitt

Choose equipment that protects all, not just part, of your head. You kind-of need the whole thing.

By Cherise Threewitt

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

By Cherise Threewitt

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

By Cherise Threewitt

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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.

By Cherise Threewitt

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

By Cherise Threewitt

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

By Cherise Threewitt

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.

By Cherise Threewitt

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With attendance estimates generally around a half-million riders every year, there are four annual motorcycle rallies that are the most famous and the oldest of all our nation's bike gatherings. So what are the big four?

By Jacob Clifton

Motorcycle gangs have been around for more than 50 years. But only about 1 percent of them are considered criminal and dangerous in the eyes of the law. Say hello to the Hells Angels, and nine other motorcycle posses.

By Matt Sailor

Motorcycle clubs use "colors" to denote their affiliations similar to gangs like the infamous Crips and Bloods. So what's the deal behind these colors and which motorcycle gangs wear what?

By Matt Sailor

For a century, the Sears catalog offered everything you could possibly want or need. But motorcycles?

By Chris Warren

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Whether it's a Harley or Honda or Indian, there's an intense passion and following for particularly coveted vintage motorcycles. Some enthusiasts fork over $1 million-plus to own one of their favorites. So what are some of the most popular vintage brands?

By Chris Warren

The T-Rex is a motorcycle-based speedster from Campagna Motors -- a Canadian company. It's a three-wheeled design that blurs the line between car and motorcycle. And yes, it's incredibly fast.

By Patrick E. George

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

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Whether they’re roaring down the California coast or converging on Daytona Beach, hogs have generated some serious fans throughout their colorful history. See how the famous bike has changed its image over the years.

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.