Understanding super sporty motorbikes and their engines

According to the South African Government, you have to be 16 years or older in order to get your licence for a motorcycle. You have to be 16 on the date of the test if the engine does not exceed 125cc, and 18 years or older if it exceeds 125 cc. What does that mean, you ask? Let’s find out.


CC simply stands for Cubic Centimetre. It refers to the size of the engine, the bigger the engine, the larger the number of CC’s. CC’s can be from 125cc- 1800cc.

Traditionally, there are two types of motorbike engines, the four stroke and the two stroke.

Listed here are the pros and cons of each to show the difference between the two.


A two stroke has fewer moving parts than a four stroke, which helps ensuring that the engine produces twice as much power per rev than a four stroke. However, the four stroke is fuel efficient, meaning there is more combustion in the rev, unlike the two stroke. This also factors in life span of the bike, where the four stroke has a longer life span than a two stroke.

The two stroke also produces stronger acceleration unlike the four stroke, and another positive about the two stroke is that it is much easier to use, making it the better option for someone new at motorcycling.


When it comes the negatives about each engine, the two stroke engine is beat because of its short life span and environmental impact. While the four stroke is beat because of less mass and power, affecting its acceleration and making it much slower than the two stroke.

The Yamaha R6 has a four stroke engine. It was the world’s first 600CC four stroke motorcycle, meaning it has a very big engine. When compared to other motorcycles, the Yamaha R6 falls behind because of its engine size.

WATCH the video as it demonstrates the comparison between three motorbikes, the Yamaha R6, the Ducati 848 and the Triumph Dayton 675.

Whichever one you choose, motorcycling can be an extremely amazing experience. Whether you prefer it as a sport or as transport, any motorcycle will be amazing on the road.

Auto Mart has affordable deals on Yamaha R6 for sale, visit the website for more details.

How do the engines factor in motorcycling racing?

Motorcycling is a racing sport and in each race, the bikes perform differently, and drivers make use of different riding skills.

Take for instance the difference between Track Racing and a Road Rally.


Track Racing refers to a competition between 4 to 6 individuals riding around an oval track over a set of lapses. It is a very exciting sport, very competitive and can be a complete thrill. The road rally is very different from Track Racing, because it takes place on a public road. Overseas it is a very popular sport. It is very competitive, but is mostly based on showing off motorbikes and comparing the size of the engine and how fast one can go.

You can be part of a motorcycling competition with any bike you choose. Just know what you want and what you are looking for. If you are looking for motorcycles for sale, visit the Auto Mart website to find yours.

In South Africa, we have the South African National Rally Championship among many others which takes place every year, there is one coming up from the 15th to the 16th of August. It is a chance for motorcyclists to show off their skills. Hope to see you there.


Yolanda Zondo

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