Even though the first person who was able to install a motor in a bicycle may have been crazy, the motorcycle eventually found its way in the public’s imagination. No one was able to predict the motorcycle’s influence in people’s lives today.
The advent of the first motorcycles
The first non-commercial vehicles designed as motorcycles were mid-Victorian. They source of propulsion was steam. Steam engines were in either alcohol or coal-burning varieties.
It was in 1890s that the modern motorcycles were born. Consequently, this began the availability of motorcycles for public purchase. Internal combustion already provided propulsion for motorcycles.
Wolfmuller and Hildebrand, German engineers, defeated British and American manufacturers as well as the Royal Enfield, the Excelsior Motor Company and the Indian Motorcycle Manufacturing Company when they introduced their record-breaking internal combustion model during 1894. This was also the model that was first referred to as the motorcycle. However, they were not able to keep up with the larger competition since they could produce more than a sum of 2000 bikes.
Motorcycle use during the World War
During the First World War, there was a bigger interest in motorcycle use for war communications. The American manufacturer Harley-Davidson dedicated fifty percent of its motorcycle output to the war. There were more messengers riding motorcycles than horses.
The British company Triumph switched their bicycles to motorcycles during 1902. Their 1915 Model H did not have pedals and were reliable during combat.
Harley-Davidson was the biggest motorcycle manufacturer after World War I. During World War II, motorcycle speeds reached a hundred miles per hour such as those from Brough Superior which were manufactured in England.
Motorcycles were then used again in the Second World War Later on, motorcycles were used as recreation as well as projecting a specific lifestyle. They got louder, bigger, and faster than before.
Motorcycles after the wars
Even if the European and American manufacturers influenced the modern motorcycles in almost a hundred years, the Japanese got its share in the market after World War II due to their low cost and high performance models. Today, any Kawasaki as well as Suzuki dealer profits from the industry even if motorcycle enthusiasts are loyal to the traditional brands.