How to Draw a Motorcycle?

A motorcycle often called a motorbike, bike, or cycle is a two-wheeled motor vehicle. Motorcycle design vary significantly to suit a range of different purposes, be it commuting long-distance travel or off-road riding. Motorcycling is driving a motorcycle and associated social activity such as developing a motorcycle club and frequenting motorcycle rallies.

Ever since Maybach and Daimler launched the first designed motorcycle model in the late 18th Century, bikes have been a rage among the teens and adventure enthusiasts. Usually seen as a robust and fuel-efficient mode of transport, they rule the markets in the U.S. and Asia. There are several different models of motorbikes, as produced by various companies. They differ in basic designs, mechanical aspects, color, and size. The original road version of the bike allows an upright posture with a little slope, depending on the rider’s height. The ship versions are ergonomically fitting vehicles with low-lying seats and higher handles. The complexity required in drawing a motorbike depends upon the model chosen. The below steps will help you in drawing a motorcycle.


Pick your brand and then the model. The favored colors for bikes are usually steel-gray or black. However, a broad choice of shades is accessible these days. Finally, pick a fitting picture or an actual vehicle as your model for the drawing. The complete process requires thorough research conducted through magazines, books, product catalogs or the internet.

Geometrical structure

Whether your model is balanced or asymmetrical, you will need accuracy drawing tools to describe your bike. Draw a straight line at a slight angle to the level along the main body’s length. Draw two diverging circles at both ends of the line. The size of the two rings will vary if the front and rear wheels are of varying sizes. Usually, the back wheel is tinier in such cases. To aid in the right position and size of the wheels, you can use an extra straight line tangential to circles diametrically. Draw a broad triangle with two angles inside the rings and the third at the top of the handle. This will adequately cover the most substantial part of the bike’s body. The length of the sides of the triangle will depend on the form of the main body.


Start with an egg-shaped fuel tank, supported by a curved seat. Now, describe the front and back fenders, muffler systems, handlebars, exhaust pipes, tires, headlights, silencers and, rearview mirrors. It is a great idea to have a free and large reference image, as it helps in adding all the crucial details in the drawing.


Some trivial shading effects may be required to be devised by regular drawing pencil or suitable colors. A performed pencil sketch of the vehicle is a sophisticated looking design. Therefore, colors are an excellent choice even for a bichrome (black and steel) design.

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