Parts of a Motorcycle

Motorcycles come in diverse designs, but the basic outlook of any motorcycle remains the same. Here are the different parts that make up any given motorcycle.


The chassis is the foundation of any motorcycle. It consists of the mainframe, front forks, rear suspension/swingarm and subframe.


Several engine configurations are available across manufacturers, with inline 4-cylinder screamers and large capacity V-twins being the most preferable.

Final Drive

Power is transferred from the transmission output shaft to the rear wheel through a chain drive, driveshafts, or belts, depending on the motorcycle.

Wheels And Tyres

Wheels transfer power from the final drive to the surface.

Body Panels

Body panels give a motorcycle its aesthetic look. Body panels can cover most of the exposed parts of a motorcycle or only some essential parts making the motorcycle semi-naked.


Mudguards sit on top of both wheels and protect both the motorcycle and the rider from potential mud and dirt coming off the tyres.


Motorcycle lights provide illumination in the dark and during the day. Motorcycle lights found on both the front and back of the motorcycle can serve as the turn signal and brake indicator.


Handlebars for motorcycles serve the dual purposes of controlling the front end of the motorcycle and housing all the switchgear and most of the motorcycle’s controls.

Foot pedals

Foot pedals allow the rider or passenger to position their feet in the correct spot for a good balance while on the motorcycle.


Brakes provide the force needed to bring a motorcycle to a stop. Motorcycles have bigger brakes in the front, and all the weight is transferred to the front once the brakes are applied.


The main purpose of the exhaust is to expel engine fumes away from the rider as well as direct and muffle the engine noise.

Knowing these motorcycle parts is essential for any rider, especially beginners.

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