Are you a motorbike rider? How well do you know about motorbikes? Do you know how motorbikes evolved? Take a look at this article and you will be able to know the history and the development phases that your motorbikes undergo before reaching you.
What are motorbikes?
Motorbikes are a medium to travel long and short distances. However, for their immense speed and performance, they are used in racing tournaments as well.
Evolution of motorbikes
The history of motorbikes goes as early as the 1860s. Pierre Michaux and his two sons, Ernest and Henri, placed pedals and engines in a bicycle and that was the first model of motorbike.
Then in 1868, the idea of steam, Velocipede, happened. It was proposed by Sylvester Howard Roper wherein the engines used steam for their operation.
Later in the year 1881, the farthing-penny bicycle by Lucius Copeland reached a speed of 12mph and became popular. Thereafter in 1894, Hildebrand & Wolfmuller broke the record by proposing a model of motorcycle that reached up to 58mph.
Within 1901-1903, many companies started to manufacture their own motorcycles. It is during this duration that motorcycle races were organized which eventually increased the demand for these machines.
After many alterations and improvements in the time of World War 1 and 2, in 1959, Honda, the Japan-based automobile giant of today, became the famous manufacturer of motorbikes. Suzuki, Yamaha, and Kawasaki made their appearance in the late 1960’s and with this came “The Star”, the first full-face helmets by BELL in 1968.
In 1969, the first “superbike” known as CB750 was introduced by Honda Company. Many American and Italian companies emerged and expanded their motorcycle market in 1990.
What do you think happened in 1998? Well, it was the introduction of Lectra, the first electric motorbike.
Can you believe, the motorbikes of today have such a long history and still the future is unpredictable? It’s just an endless evolution!
Now, let us understand how a motorbike is built. I promise it is as exciting as the evolution story.
Similar to the manufacturing of other machines, the motorbike construction requires metal, steel, plastic, and rubber as primary raw materials. Metal is used for the motorbike frames, steel for the engine parts, plastic also mainly for the frame and rubber for tires. The engine is usually of two types, two-stroke and four-stroke, depending on the motorbike model.
The transmission part comprises of gears, clutch, pulleys, and crankshaft. While, battery, ignition coils, spark plug and headlights along with horns come under the electrical category, the heart of motorbikes i.e., the engine is made of light alloy.
The different developing phases of motorbikes
Initial Phase: This is the starting phase where raw materials are installed in a well-settled manner. This phase primarily belongs to the welding and the computer-fabrication department. Due to advanced technology, this phase includes the use of automatic, manual and robotic support.
Injection moulding: Plastic installation takes place in this phase where the frame and other plastic parts are fitted in an order. For this process, small plastic pellets are melted, moulded under high pressure for a perfect outcome.
Powder-coating: This phase deals with the painting of motorbike parts. They go through a spray-painting apparatus and the paint is applied uniformly over frame and parts.
Development Phase: After drying the painted parts by a conveyor, the real alignment of motorbike parts is done. As per the procedure and assembly lines, engines and all other parts are installed in their places.
Final Alteration Phase: Seats, saddlebags, foot pegs, brakes, wheels and many more essential parts and integrated. This is where the motorbikes gain their own identity and appearance.
Testing Phase: Motorbikes undergoes testing by various processes like a test drive, speed tests, verification of defects and fixing them etc.
Delivery Phase: Your motorbike is now ready.
So, that was how your motorbike comes alive. From just metal and plastic, it virtually becomes a living form. Stay tuned for more such interesting information in the second one in this series, Motorbike – A Quick Recall Part 2.
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