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History of the motorcycle

Posted by Martin Ford on Saturday, January 13, 2024, In : Motorcycle History 
History of the motorcycle

Perhaps surprisingly, motorbikes were invented at almost exactly the same time as cars. The Daimler Reitwagen, built by Gottlieb Daimler, first appeared in 1885, the same year as Karl Benz built his Patent Motorwagen – the first petrol-powered motor car.

Now, the Reitwagen might look pretty crude to our eyes, but it was the first effective two-wheeled vehicle powered by a petrol engine.

That engine was a four-stroke 264cc single, making a heady 0.5bhp, and the ‘bike...

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