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bikes of the future

A company called Specialized has come out with a line of 'future bikes'. I don't know, if I was a kid I don't think I would be caught dead riding one of the first few...

BMW endorsed?

Reminds me of Mr. Garrison's dildo bike on South Park

Now this bike, I might sport

A bit more pimpin, teal color a little fruity though The Future The Future of Motorcycles - An OpinionThe Past1800's --- First motorcycle 1900-1955 --- Creation of Large Motorcycle Companies
1945-1985 --- Motorcycle Growth
1978-1987 --- Motorcycle Decline
Very Late 1980's --- The Motorcycle Rises Again!
Present --- Times Are Good.
The Future of Harley-Davidson... The Near FutureCar manufacturers to make motorcycles?The Evolution has already begun...Hybrid Gas/Electic Motorcycles? Diesel Motorcycles?
Electric Motorcycles?The Distant Future The PastThe future of motorcycling is really anyone's best guess. Since there are very few opinions on this subject on the internet (believe it or not) I thought I would write this section and I'll give you my best guess on the future of motorcycling.I've studied motorcycle history, trends, sales, model failures and successes over the years for many different manufacturers and here is what I think...Before we get to the future though, we have to understand the past.1800's --- First motorcycle Sylvester Howard Roper 1869 Steam Cycle

Motorcycles are descended from the "safety" bicycle, bicycles with front and rear wheels of the same size, with a pedal crank mechanism to drive the rear wheel.The first motorbike was built in 1868. It was not powered by a gasoline engine, but by a steam engine. Its builder was Sylvester Howard Roper. His steam-powered bike was demonstrated at fairs and circuses in the eastern US in 1867 and did not catch on, but it anticipated many modern motorbike features, including the twisting-handgrip throttle control. There is an existing example of a Roper machine, dated 1869. It's powered by a charcoal-fired two-cylinder engine, whose connecting rods directly drive a crank on the rear wheel. This machine predates the invention of the safety bicycle by many years, so its chassis is also based on the "bone-crusher" bike. "Bone-Crusher's" appeared around 1800, used iron-banded wagon wheels, and were called "bone-crushers," both for their jarring ride, and their tendency to toss their riders. World's first gasoline-driven motorcycle, the 1885 Daimler Reitwagen1900-1955 --- Creation of Current Large Motorcycle Companies1902 - Triumph 1903 - Harley-Davidson (Harley-Davidson Motor Company)

1946 - Honda (The Honda Motor Company)
1952 - Suzuki (Suzuki Motor Co., Ltd.,)
1954 - Kawasaki (Kawasaki Heavy Industries)
1955 - Yamaha (Yamaha Motor Corporation)1945-1985 --- Motorcycle Growth1945 - 198,000 motorcycles registered in the U.S. 1955* - 450,000 motorcycles registered in the U.S.
1958 - Over 500,000 motorcycles registered in the U.S
1962** - 646,000 motorcycles registered in the U.S.
1965*** - 1.4 million motorcycles registered in the U.S.
1970**** - 2.8 million motorcycles registered in the U.S.
1975***** - 5 million motorcycles registered in the U.S.
1985****** - 5.4 million motorcycles registered in the U.S.
1990******* - 3,650,000 million motorcycles registered in the U.S. 1998 - 4,809,000 million motorcycles registered in the U.S.* 1953 --- Movie The Wild One released ** 1959 --- First Japanese motorcycle manufacturer (Yamaha), enters U.S. market ***1962 --- “You meet the nicest people on a Honda” campaign launched ****1969 --- Stock motorcycles run quarter-mile in less than 13 seconds, 1970 --- Movie Easy Rider released ***** 1972 --- FMVSS 123 standardizes motorcycle controls, 1973 --- MSF created ****** 1978 --- Stock motorcycles run quarter-mile in less than 12 seconds, 1980 --- First International Motorcycle Safety Conference sponsored by MSF, Stock motorcycles run quarter-mile in less than 11 seconds ******* 1986 --- Superbike ban proposed...
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