A motorcycle is a two-wheeled motor vehicle with a seat for the rider. It is powered by an internal combustion engine, usually fueled by gasoline. The engine is located inside a tube-shaped frame, and the wheels are attached to it by forks or a frame-mounted swingarm. A horn, headlight, and turn signals are often included. The bike may also have a windshield for protection. Motorcycles are typically lighter than cars, with higher torque and peak power outputs, but they can also be top-heavy. They tend to be more prone to instability at low speeds, but good handling can overcome this.
One of the most common reasons for riding a motorcycle is economics: they are much cheaper than cars to buy and run, with far lower maintenance costs and parking requirements. They are also more agile and faster than cars, able to make up ground quickly in traffic or on the open road. The dynamic experience of riding a motorcycle is fun and exciting for many people. The rider’s body is a part of the machine, and leaning and shifting weight affect steering, braking and acceleration.
The more experienced riders can enjoy the thrill of competition with racing motorcycles. They can also enjoy the comfort and convenience of touring motorcycles, which are designed for long rides over a variety of terrain. Newer motorcycles can even be used for off-road riding. There are many different categories of motorcycles, with more styles available than ever before.