Summer is in full swing on both sides of America. In keeping with the outdoor fun theme that has emerged on its own, this week the guys talk about motorcycles. Riding on two wheels has grown from the bicycle to motorized bicycle through motorcycle and back to bicycle.
Beginning in the late/mid 19th century people began to put motors on bicycles. This type of innovation spread across Europe and several motorized bikes were developed at roughly the same time. As a result, motorcycles don’t have a clearly defined beginning machine however it was likely steam powered.
Early motorcycle producers included Germans Daimler and Maybach, France’s Perreaux. Other European motorcycle producers include BMW, Triumph, Ducati and Norton, among many others.
Harley Davidson and Indian were the first American motorcycle companies and they were competing for the same audience. The 60s and 70s brought an influx of Japanese made motorcycles. They were less expensive and more reliable than their American made counterparts. Eventually American products regained their reputation but there were already thousands of loyal owners of bikes made by Suzuki, Honda and Kawasaki among others.
Last Weeks Trivia Question:
Q: What National Football League player holds the record for most career touchdowns with 208?
A: The career record is held by Jerry Rice with 208. The single season record is held by LaDainian Tomlinson with 31 in 2006.
This Week’s Trivia Question:
Q: What gives Harley Davidsons their unique sound?
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