Since Airwheel has discussed the bicycle in the last chapter, the motorcycle (also called a motorbike) will continue the subject of the status quo and development of the two-wheeled vehicles. Though there are three-wheeled motorcycles, the majority belong to the two-wheeled motor vehicle whose design varies greatly to suit a range of different purposes: long distance travel, commuting, cruising, sport including racing, and off-road riding.
For instance, the cruising motorcycle possesses a larger body with large discharge capacity represented by Harley motorcycle that not only has taken America by storm, so does Asia. Off-road riding motorcycle is proud of its lightweight, fast-speed and small discharge capacity. The motorcycle with pedal is easy to ride and with reasonable prices that is suitable for the public, especially popular in Southeast Asia.
In 1894, Hildebrand & Wolfmüller became the first series production motocycle, and the first to be called a motorcycle. Harley-Davidson, American famous motorcycle manufacture has contributed a lot for the victory of WWI. Almost half of all Harley-Davidson motorcycles produced are sold for use by the U.S. military in World War I. Since 1950s, the motorcycle manufacturing has spring up exuberantly, especially in Japan, becoming the main type of transportation.
In 2014, the three top motorcycle producers globally by volume were Honda, Yamaha (both from Japan), and Hero MotoCorp (India). Currently, in developing countries, motorcycles are overwhelmingly prevalent due to lower prices and greater fuel economy. Of all the motorcycles in the world, 58% are in the Asia Pacific and Southern and Eastern Asia regions, excluding car-centric Japan. For instance, the decreasing land and increasing population in Taiwan, China contribute the popularity of motorcycles. Thailand is also one the major countries using motorcycles in Southeast Asian countries. While, it is something else in developed countries where motorcycles usually regarded as luxury goods are used mostly for recreation, as a lifestyle accessory or a symbol of personal identity.
Global motorcycle distribution（2010）
However, the further development of motorcycle has been contained with the safety loophole and the public’s increasing awareness of environment protection. According to the United States Department of Transportation, the number of fatalities per vehicle mile traveled was 37 times higher for motorcycles than for cars. Motorcycle racing is highly popular in some regions, especially among the youngsters who are indulged in racing and proficient in refit. It not only makes noises, but also poses a threat both to their own lives and others. Wearing a motorcycle helmet reduces the risks of death or head injury in a motorcycle crash.
Many motorcycles adopt single cylinder, lack a catalytic converter, and the emission standard is much more permissive for motorcycles than for other vehicles. An ordinary motorcycle's exhaust emissions may contain 10–20 times more oxides of nitrogen (NOx), carbon monoxide, and unburned hydrocarbons than exhaust from a similar-year passenger car or SUV, let alone the motorcycles with two-cycle engine. The measures taken to deal with the pollution vary country to country, from being restricted to forbidden.
Statistical data have shown the Production and sales of motorcycles have undergone a dramatic decline in 2015, with 18.8322 million in production and 18.823 million in sales, a fall of 11.6% and 11.7% compared with last year. It hits fresh lows in the decade.
Since Airwheel's establishment, it has eliminated the serious defects of motorcycles. With a deep understanding of “Eco-friendly Innovation”, Airwheel has always considered the balance between science & technology and nature that is also the fruit of absorbing excellent researchers from motorcycles sector. For safety, Airwheel has set a scientific control of the speed.
Airwheel scooter has strategically invested in areas like IOT sensors, robotics and deep learning and cooperated with research institutions all over the world to further optimize the structure of smart products and to help bring a free and joyful life to customers.