Known as the "father" motorcycle with an internal combustion engine, a German gunsmith, and later an engineer Gottlieb Daimler, in collaboration with Wilhelm Maybach 1885 produced the first two-wheeler equipped with this type of engine.
The first motorcycle was run single-cylinder, four-stroke engine and the drive is used then the miraculous new fuel - gasoline.
The engine start with turning handle. Motorcycle was equipped with two extra wheels, one on either side of the knee axis, and the entire engine was placed inside the aluminum shaft.
Daimler protect its patent 29 August 1885, but was soon found that the prototype engine is not powerful enough and that the motorcycle "Petroleum Rajtvagen," as then called, is one unstable machine that is extremely difficult to drive. Such a precarious ride, are further added then the roads which are not even resemble the present.
Since it was a true visionary, Daimler has decided to focus attention on the production of "horseless carriages" - forerunner of the modern car - so that the "Petroleum Rajtvagen" is left forgotten in a place where still can be seen, the museum „Daimler – Benz“ in the German city of Stuttgart. Read More......