Quick history facts
Initially designed and built in the late 19th century by the two famous German inventors, Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach, motorcycles have grown from a pure transportation device to becoming symbols of freedom, speed and adventure. After their invention, around the 1920s the largest manufacturer of motorcycles was the very famous Harley Davison, selling its motorcycles in over 60 countries. As engines became more and more powerful, motorcycles evolved from simple motorized bicycles to high powered vehicles that very soon symbolized pure speed. In the mid 1950s motorcycles were radically transformed in terms of their design and engine power and became fiery racing vehicles. Nowadays, the largest market share in terms of motorcycles is held by Japanese manufacturers like: Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Yamaha but in the United States the Harley Davison still remains the most popular motorcycle brand.
Moto Grand Prix
Motorcycles promote a culture of adrenaline and speed and that is mostly emphasized in motorcycle racing competitions. The most popular motorcycle racing competition is the Grand Prix: the symbol for the premier motorcycle road racing. Competitors use only prototype machines which are divided into three classes: 125cc, 250cc and 800cc. The current Moto GP champion, racing for the Fiat Yamaha team, is the Italian Valentino Rossi, 8 times world champion and also entitled the most successful motorcycle racer of all times. The Moto GP has a worldwide dedicated fan audience and remains the most popular motorcycle racing competition.
For the motorcycle racers that are passionate about powering up their motorcycles, the superbike racing is the racing competition for modified production motorcycles. Superbikes motorcycles need to have four strokes engines between 800cc and 1200cc and hence they are a lot more powerful than the ones used in regular motorcycle road racing competitions.
If you are not focused on engine power and cubic capacity, but more on the thrill and experience, endurance racing is the type of motorcycle road racing that targets the endurance of both the motorcycle and that of the riders. Endurance races cover a long distance and the competitors consist of teams of riders that can change during the race. Whatever type of motorcycle fan you may be, there is a type of race out there to satisfy your drive for adventure!