Thursday, February 7, 2013

Playmobil 5118 Custom Motorcycle with Rider

How about a break from 1/6 for a day?

I always liked bikes and Playmobil bikes are no different :) This custom motorcycle with rider is from Playmobil 5118 and among the six bikes in this particular series, this is my favorite. That's because he's "wearing" urban camouflage (not fabric / cloth outfit but painted to look like it) and the bike looks to be the classic type of bike built for rough handling and dirt riding ;p

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The motorcycle rider / biker comes with one helmet, goggles, yellow scarf and a pair of gloves (these are clip-on types since this is Playmobil after all)

Motorcycles are one of the most affordable forms of motorised transport in many parts of the world and, for most of the world's population, they are also the most common type of motor vehicle. There are around 200 million motorcycles (including mopeds, motor scooters, motorised bicycles, and other powered two and three-wheelers) in use worldwide, or about 33 motorcycles per 1000 people. This compares to around 590 million cars, or about 91 per 1000 people. (source: wiki)

Most of the motorcycles, 58%, are in the developing countries of Asia – Southern and Eastern Asia, and the Asia Pacific countries, excluding Japan – while 33% of the cars (195 million) are concentrated in the United States and Japan. In 2006, China had 54 million motorcycles in use and an annual production of 22 million units. As of 2002, India, with an estimated 37 million motorcycles / mopeds, was home to the largest number of motorised two wheelers in the world. China came a close second with 34 million motorcycles / mopeds.

In numerous cultures, motorcycles are the primary means of motorised transport. According to the Taiwanese government, for example, "the number of automobiles per ten thousand population is around 2,500, and the number of motorcycles is about 5,000." In places such as Vietnam, motorised traffic consist of mostly motorbikes due to a lack of public transport and low income levels that put automobiles out of reach for many. The four largest motorcycle markets in the world are all in Asia: China, India, Indonesia, and Vietnam.

Motorcycle construction is the engineering, manufacturing, and assembly of components and systems for a motorcycle which results in the performance, cost, and aesthetics desired by the designer. With some exceptions, construction of modern mass-produced motorcycles has standardised on a steel or aluminium frame, telescopic forks holding the front wheel, and disc brakes. A petrol powered engine typically consisting of between one and four cylinders (and less commonly, up to eight cylinders) coupled to a manual five- or six-speed sequential transmission drives the swingarm-mounted rear wheel by a chain, driveshaft or belt.

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