The German engineers Gottlieb Wilhelm Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach invented the internal combustion engine for Motorcycles. During mid-1880s, while working out of Daimler’s home, located in Bad Cannstatt, Germany, the two of them designed a lightweight, carbureted gasoline engine , that ws suitable for a one-person vehicle. Then in 1885, Daimler fitted an air-cooled, single-cylinder design engine to a homebuilt bicycle made of oak and called it the Reitwagen (“Riding Wagon”). The Reitwagen was capable of a max speed of 7 miles per hour (12 kilometres per hour).
Keep in mind that a motorized tricycle had been invented in 1884 by Edward Butler in England, but it was not gasoline powered.
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- Daimler Reitwagen – Wikipedia
The Daimler Petroleum Reitwagen (“riding car”) or Einspur (“single track”) was a motor vehicle made by Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach in 1885. It is widely recognized as the first motorcycle.
- 1885: Daimler Reitwagen – Stuttgart, Germany | History of Innovation
Although this isn’t the first motorcycle – 3 predecessor steam motorcycle, this was the first gasoline internal combustion motorcycle.
- Mercedes-Benz Classic: November 1885: Daimler riding car travels …
Stuttgart – In November 1885 the Daimler riding car made its first journey of real length in public, when Gottlieb Daimler’s son Adolf completed the three-kilometre route from Cannstatt to Untertürkheim.
- Mythos 1: Daimler Reitwagen. – Mercedes-Benz International
Der Reitwagen dient Gottlieb Daimler und Wilhelm Maybach als früher Versuchsträger für ihren kleinen und schnelllaufenden Verbrennungsmotor, die sogenannte Standuhr.
- The first motorcycle was built in 1885 and it was called Reitwagen or …
A while back I went thru a phase of modeling only “one-off” vehicles. Not sure why,
but I did. Found a lot of interesting possibilities, tackled quite a few of them.
- 1885 Daimler Reitwagen • sketchUcation • 1
- 1885 Daimler Reitwagen Motorcycle – YouTube