Motorcycle with an internal combustion engine

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.

      1880, 1885, 1884
      Wilhelm Maybach
      Gottlieb Wilhelm Daimler

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