1869: The American Roper steam-powered cycle appeared, driven by a charcoal-fired, twin-cylinder engine.
1885: German inventor Gottlieb Daimler invented petrol-driven single-cylinder bike – a wooden framed machine with the engine in the middle beneath the saddle.
1895: Count Albert de Dion and Georges Bouton revealed a new engine that would begin a new era in motorcycling. The French inventors developed a reliable single cylinder engine that could be fitted to a pedal cycle frame.
1913: The American manufacturer Indian Motorcycle Company was producing over 20,000 bikes a year, making it the largest in the world.
1920s: The British motorcycle The Triumph motorcycle plant in Coventry was building around 30,000 bikes each year and employing around 3000 people.
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