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Motorcycles may be seen as a more of a luxury vehicle or supplemental vehicle in today's pop culture, but they have a rich history steeped in American traditions of the past. Learn more about the motorcycle's beginnings here.

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The History Of Motorcycles

  1. 1. M O T O R C Y C L E S T H E H I S T O R Y O F ROSS PAMPHILON
  2. 2. The motorcycle, with its stunning design and visual allure, has long pulled in drivers looking for a unique way to hit the road. Its progressive development began in the early 1800s and was subsequently improved upon by a host of different inventors.
  3. 3. The American inventor Sylvester Roper worked on steam-powered velocipede in 1867. The velocipede is often brought up in discussions on motorcycle development, as it refers to a human-run vehicle that uses wheels. With steam power behind it, Roper's creation and the French Pierre Michaux sought to push the vehicle along, with varying degrees of success.
  4. 4. In 1881, Lucius Copeland attached a steam boiler to a penny-farthing bicycle model. He continued to refine his product and added features including a stronger engine, an additional wheel, and a bench to accommodate multiple passengers simultaneously. This early device could hit the road at approximately 10 miles an hour.
  5. 5. Following steam products, several inventors worked on petroleum-driven motorcycles. Gottlieb Daimler and Willhelm Maybach designed a "Reitwagen" in 1885, which used an internal combustion engine and was powered by petroleum. The first official patent for a motorcycle was submitted in the year 1900 by Werner Brothers.
  6. 6. Harley-Davidson, which is still known today for its classic motorcycles, rose to prominence in the 1920s. They sold vehicles all around the world. Joe Petrali rode a Harley-Davidson vehicle at over 136 mph in 1937. Interestingly, historians have pointed to the famous actor Marlon Brando for his pivotal role in the popularity of the vehicle. 
  7. 7. The 1953 classic "The Wild One" featured Brando, who played the character of Johnny Strabler. Strabler was depicted as the leader of "The Black Rebels Motorcycle Club" and he rode a Triumph Thunderbird. Infamous biker gangs and clubs started emerge following World War II. in 1959, Honda, a Japanese-based company, became the world's largest manufacturer.
  8. 8.  The most popular motorcycle in the world is the Honda SuperCub. Driven in Africa, Asia, and South America, the SuperCub found a home in nations across the globe thanks to its convenience. Today, Japanese companies are particularly prominent in the arena, but companies like BMW, Victory, and Ducati have made a name for themselves as well.
  9. 9. F O R M O R E , V I S I T : T H A N K S F O R R E A D I N G ! ROSSPAMPHILON.ORG

Motorcycles may be seen as a more of a luxury vehicle or supplemental vehicle in today's pop culture, but they have a rich history steeped in American traditions of the past. Learn more about the motorcycle's beginnings here.

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