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Motorbike, kid’s facts about motorcycles

Gottlieb Daimler built not only one of the first automobiles but also the first motor cycle, in 1885. He fitted one of his gasoline engines to a bicycle frame. But today's motorbikes are highly specialized machines.

Motorbike kids racing at Monza Motorbike kids racing in Italy

Motorbike, kids facts about motorcycles

Motorbike racing at Monza, in Italy. There are important races in a large number of countries

The engine of a motorbikes similar in many respects to that of an automobile, but much smaller. It, too, has either a two-stroke or a four-stroke engine with gasoline as fuel. It may have one, two, three, or four cylinders, which are cooled by air or water. The engine is started by kicking down a kick-starter. This turns the engine over and starts it firing, just like the self-starter on an automobile. The speed of the engine is controlled from a twist-grip on the handle-bars.

The gearbox is operated by a foot lever, and power is transmitted to the rear wheels by a chain drive. The clutch is operated by a hand lever on the handlebars. So is the front brake. A foot pedal operates the rear brake.

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