Motorcycles have been glorified in pop culture over the decades. Motorcycles were seen as the only mode of transportation for the Fonz in Happy Days, as the best way to fight crime in CHiPS, and the most stylish way for Evel Knieval to pull stunts. Many have argued that pop culture was the catalyst behind the motorcycle’s quick rise to popularity.
The first motorcycle was invented in Germany in the late 1800′s by two German inventors. This original vehicle was more similar to our modern tricycle than the motorcycles we see today. The motorcycle continued to evolve over the years, and in the early 1900′s, motorcycles emerged as a large industry. Most of the motorcycles were used for military purposes, but some companies aimed to commercialize them for the mainstream public. With time, motorcycles began to appear in motor sports events. Participation in these events led to increased appearances within popular movies and television shows.
The streamlining of motorcycles has made them more affordable to the average citizen. This has led to the formation of biking groups and clubs all across the country. These groups gather together and ride on long trips, often making journeys over the expanse of several states.