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World’s First Motorcycle 1885 Damler Reitwagen


The Daimler Petroleum Reitwagen The “riding car” was a motor vehicle made by Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach in 1885. It is widely recognized as the first motorcycle.

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They did not plan on creating a motorcycle, but were interested in creating motorized four-wheeled carriages/automobiles.The miniaturization of the four-stroke spark-ignition engine, a basic condition for its use in a vehicle, required a significant rise in the engine speed.read more: mercedes

This ambitious goal was able to be realized in 1883 by Daimler and Maybach after intensive development work in the Cannstatt test workshop. The test engine with horizontal cylinder had a displacement of 100 cm³ and an output of 0.25 hp at 600 rpm.


The single-cylinder engine with 264 cm³ displacement had an output of 0.5 hp at 600 rpm. On August 29, Daimler patented his “riding car” with “gas or petroleum engine” under DRP number 36423. In November, Daimler’s younger son, Adolf, made the first journey from Cannstatt to Untertürkheim, and reached speeds of up to 12 km/h.via:  mercedes