Up until a few years ago, the RC Motorbike was just another fancy toy that had little capability and was more for the shelves than for use. However, technology has evolved over the years to make the RC Motorbike one of the most incredible and interesting pieces of radio controlled toys or models available today.
The most incredible bit about RC Motorbikes is that there is constant improvement in the way the technology has worked and the variety of models available in the motorbike category are almost as diverse as the real-life versions we see around us. In fact, the popularity of this line of models has increased so rapidly, they are quickly catching up with the regular RC car and truck line of products.
Understanding the RC Motorbike
Truth be told, there is nothing different about the way an RC Motorbike runs as compared to any other model - much like there is no difference in the general concept of a real-life motorbike as compared to a real-life car or truck. There is an engine, a fuel-tank, a filter, and all the other parts that are generally available in a car - the only difference being the way these parts have been arranged to fit into the chassis of the RC Motorbike.
The main thing that you need to remember with an RC Motorbike is that like a real motorbike, your model too cannot stand without support. Unfortunately, you don't really have a tiny rider to provide that support or pull down that mini bike-stand, so you do have to be careful about how and where you bring your RC Motorbike to a halt. Now, many manufacturers will actually put padding on the sides, in the form of a protruding bit of rubber (usually like a wheel) on either side or just have a rider sitting on top in a racing pose - this is to allow the rider's knees to go wide-enough to support the RC Motorbike, either on a sharp turn at high speed or when it drops to the ground.
Choosing an RC Motorbike
There are many different kinds of RC Motorbikes and the most common variety is the Superbike kinds, where each RC Motorbike comes with a rider and a design that looks just like the racing Superbikes you see on the track. This kind of an RC Motorbike is usually a replica of a real-world racing Superbike, something like a BMW S1000RR, which puts it in the scale-model category. There are also many dirt-bike designs used in the RC Motorbike industry and these are especially popular for running around the house, in the backyard or even on uneven road-surfaces. These RC Motorbikes are more about stability and balance than about speed, although the higher end models will give you a good bit of speed along with the stability.
However, a lot of what you base your choice of an RC Motorbike also depends on what you are planning to do with it. There are many people who love to head outdoors and spend time playing with other hobbyists. These guys are just in it for the joy of putting together these wonderful RC Motorbike toys and models and love spending time just enjoying their days. Others, however, are in it for the competition and they are always looking for the next best thing in this genre all the time. These are the people who not only spend a lot of time looking for the right RC Motorbike, they spend a lot more time making small tweaks and changes to their models to make them run a little bit faster or longer.
There are many competitions around the world that cater to both kinds of RC Motorbike enthusiasts. There are competitions based on skill where all you need to do is take your RC Motorbike and complete the course. Others are based on things like speed and jumping agility, with the Motocross format coming in as well for those with RC Motorbikes in the dirt-bike category. Then, there is the Superbike category where the racing format is just like it is in the real-life version of it. There are tracks paved with asphalt and the entire format of the competition, whether at a local level or on a world stage, is built to mimic exactly what the real-life competition is like.
The RC Motorbike is one of the fastest growing categories in the world and if you are someone who is looking for a break from the regular formats or just want to try your hand at something that you have never tried before. Either way, it is one of the best changes you can imagine in the radio controlled industry and with the technology just getting better each day, there is always more waiting for you in the RC Motorbike world.