Motorcycles and Choppers

The Motorcycles and Choppers Channel explores how these machines are built and customized. Learn all about motorcycles and choppers at HowStuffWorks.

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Behind the Scenes at Supercross

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

Can Popping a Wheelie Land You in Jail?

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

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.

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.

What is the world's fastest motorcycle?

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

What should be in your motorcycle tool bag?

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.

What was the first outlaw motorcycle club?

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.

What’s the safest type of motorcycle helmet?

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

What are the most famous motorcycle rallies in the U.S.?

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?

10 Notorious Motorcycle Gangs

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.

What are motorcycle club colors?

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?

Did Sears really sell motorcycles in its catalog?

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

10 Vintage Motorcycle Brands

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?

How the Campagna Motors T-Rex Works

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.

How The Hells Angels Motorcycle Club Works

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?

How the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Works

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?

Hog Wild: Harley-Davidson Logos Through the Years

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.

Motorcycle Pictures

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.