Many motorcycles have what is called a reverse gearbox. The purpose of this is to have a gear case on the back of the bike that can be reversed. In motorcycle terminology the word “reversed” basically means “back in the opposite direction”. A reversing motorcycle has been designed with the intention of allowing a rear wheel to be shifted from the forward position into the reverse position.
When looking at a motorcycle this is usually not obvious, but you will notice that the gears and chain are placed in the rear of the bike. This is to help support the bike when it is being ridden. As the bike is being driven, the driver will have to keep the motorcycle and the gearbox in the back of the bike while applying the brake. This is why you will find that there are breaks on the rear derailleurs. When you are changing gears on a motorcycle the gears are moved backwards and front gears come into play. It is as simple as that.
So, does a motorcycle need a reverse gear? On a normal motorcycle with a normal transmission the gears and chain are placed in the back of the bike. This is because when you shift your bike from forward to reverse, you would want the back wheel to be able to shift into reverse. If the back wheel is in neutral then the chain and gears will be able to keep moving freely.
On a motorcycle with a motorcycle drive train such as a clutch or limited slip differential then this is not possible. This means that if you want to change gears on your motorcycle you have to move the motorcycle into Neutral. There will still be some gear changes but they will not be as radical as they would be with a motorcycle that had the reverse gear. Most motorcycle owners are of the opinion that the change from gear to reverse is made because of safety reasons.
A rear-axle motorcycle has no reverse gear. This is because there is not enough room for it. The reason why a rear-axle motorcycle has no reverse gear is so that you have the ability to change the gears at any point during riding. When a rear-axle motorcycle is fitted with a gear shift then it becomes impossible to change gears in an efficient manner. The riders will have to stop abruptly to change gears.
When it comes to touring motorcycles most people will tell you that the best type of motorcycle to take on road trips is a touring motorcycle. These are bikes that are lightweight, easy to handle, and extremely fuel efficient. The manufacturers of these types of bikes have designed the gear shifts to be as smooth as possible. They will also have automatic gear changes as well as manual transmissions, so that you have the necessary control over the bike while you are traveling on the road.
You may wonder how do motorcycles have reverse gears if all four wheels on a motorcycle have the same weight? There is actually no gear shift on a four-wheel motorcycle. All four wheels will have the same weight and this is what makes the reverse gears necessary.
As you can see the answer to the question “Why do motorcycles have reverse gear?” really depends on who is asking the question. Most motorcycle riders do not need that extra gear and they would not ride a motorcycle without it. On the other hand, those who like to travel faster on dirt roads or in more challenging conditions will want to make sure that they have that option available. For the average rider on a motorcycle with a gear shift is pretty much just about a necessity and for those riders who travel on rough roads a reversing motorcycle will definitely come in handy.