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History of the Motorcycle

Gottlieb Daimler's Riding WagonThe invention of the motorcycle is often attributed to Gottlieb Daimler, although this is not the full story. In fact several other motorcycles were designed, built and displayed long before Daimler’s “Riding Wagon”. In some cases these machines were just platforms to demonstrate new engines, in other cases, they were actually put forward as modes of transport.

Our classic motorcycles have come a long way in their development over the last 150 years or so and have many people to thank for their invention and development. From early steam engines, to attempts of electric powered bikes, and finally the adoption of the internal combustion engine.

It was then the the dawn of competition that took everything to a new level. The need for speed and adaptability to different terrain led to bikes becoming segmented into different specialities.

Finally, fashion and status came into play with certain motorbikes becoming symbols of cool, rebellion and even dividing groups so far that they would spill blood.

The invention of the motorcycle

Early motorcycles date back to the mid-19th century with debate as to whether the very first motorcycle was in fact a steam powered machine in the 1860s. What we do know for sure however, is that by 1900 the motorbike was well and truly invented in a fashion that would be recognisable today. Continue reading>>

The development of the motorcycle

The early vintage motorcycles were basic cumbersome machines that were fine, as long as you had a relatively smooth flat road. Over the following 100 years the improvements in technology led to more powerful engines and designs of bikes that became more and more specialised, with motorsport, fashion and music all playing their part. Continue reading>>

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