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Motorbikes have long since been a fascination for people across the globe, and they have also provided a means of getting into the Guinness Book of World Records! Here we offer you some fun and interesting facts (and the odd amazing one too) about motorcycles.
- The first motorcycle is said to have been designed and built by German inventors Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach in Stuttgart in 1885. This motorized bicycle with a pair of stabilizers was the first ever petrol-powered vehicle, and it was known as the Reitwagen, which means riding car.
- Records show the first factory to make motorcycles was opened in Munich, Germany, in 1894 by Heinrich and Wilhelm Hildebrand and Alois Wolfmüller. In the first two years of production, the factory made more than 1,000 motorcycles.
- An average of eight motorbikes can fit in the same parking space occupied by one car in a UK car park.
- The biggest motorbike pyramid was created on 5th July 2001 at the Gowri Shankar Parade Ground in Jabalpur, India when the Dare Devils Team of the Indian Army Signal Corps made a pyramid of 201 men balancing on 10 motorcycles and travelled a distance of 129 metres.
- The manufacturer to win most World Motorcycle titles Honda, who won 48 between 1961 and 1999. The Japanese company is now the largest manufacturer of motorcycles in the world.
- Motorbike enthusiasts Peter Schmidl and Anna Turceková had a wedding procession of 597 motorcycles when they tied the knot in Slovakia on 6th May 2000. This is recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest motorcycle wedding procession.
- In March 2005 Ireland’s Robbie Bolger performed the fastest motorcycle handlebar wheelie at Temora Aerodrome in New South Wales, Australia, when he reached a speed of 105.12mph riding a Suzuki GSX-R1000.
- The fastest speed road skiing behind a motorcycle record is held by Gary Rothwell, who in 1992 road skied on titanium boots behind a motorbike travelling at 156mph. Meanwhile the blindfold motorcycle speed record is held by blind Billy Baxter, who notched up a speed of 164.87mph while riding a 1200 cc Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle in August 2003.
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