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World's first motorcycle built by Daimler &Maybach

World's first motorcycle built by Daimler &Maybach

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First motorcycle. World's first motorcycle, built by Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach, German engineers, in 1885. Though a motorcycle, it had four wheels, the two smaller ones on the outriggers (at bottom centre) provided stability. The motorcycle's single cylinder engine had an output of about 170 watts (half a horsepower). The engine used hot tube ignition to light the petrol used as fuel. The engine's power was transmitted to the rear wheel by means of a belt; the motorcycle had two gears. The engineering success of the motorcycle encouraged Daimler and Maybach to develop a motor car which they first displayed in 1889.

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