German inventor Gottlieb Daimler created the first motorcycle in 1885.
He attached a four-stroke gasoline engine to a wooden bicycle frame and added two extra side wheels for stability, similar to training wheels on a bicycle. Daimler’s engine turned the rear wheel with a pulley.
With the outbreak of World War I in 1914, motorcycles found yet another use. They were an excellent way to carry information from place to place. But that wasn’t all. Machine guns were actually mounted to motorcycles in order to be quickly transported. No longer were motorcycles trivial machines – they were an essential part of the war effort. Tens of thousands of motorcycles were used in WWI.
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