During the 19th century industrial revolution, there were many scientists and academics who began to experiment with steam-powered motorcycles. Usually, after the assembly process is complete, they will store it in the warehouse, to complete the function and appearance.
However, considering the experiment was carried out in secret, plus the role of the media is not as strong as it is now, it makes everything seem closed and not widely known to the local public.
Citing the Rideapart page, Friday, May 24, 2019, there are actually several names that are alleged to be the inventors of the world’s first motorcycle.
Some sources say a man from France, Ernest Michaux, became the first to create a motorcycle. The vehicle, which was built between 1867 and 1871, married a Louis-Guillaume Perreax steam engine with a frame resembling a circus bicycle.
Uniquely, the motorbike, called Velocipede Michaux-Perreaux, is still alive and safe in the Guggenheim Museum’s 1998 Art of the Motorcycle. Just like the popular mounts in today’s era, the motor is driven by an engine that is connected to the wheels at the rear.
It didn’t stop there, other sources said that the world’s first motorcycle didn’t come from France, but the United States. At that time, in the late 1860s, a man from Boston, Sylvester Roper, started selling a steam-powered motor which he called the Roper Steam Velocipide.
In contrast to the steam engine from France, Roper’s iron horse was able to go fast in his era, with a maximum speed of 65 kilometers per hour.
The next claim comes from the Panzer Country, Germany. In 1885, Gottleib Daimler and William Maybach succeeded in building the world’s first gas-engined motorcycle. The motor, which was mass-produced a year after it was discovered, they named Diamler Petroleum Reitwagen.
This bike is made of wood, has wooden wheels with iron tires like an old train, single rear brake, and a saddle that looks less comfortable. The bike is powered by a 264cc, air-cooled, four-stroke engine mated to a single-speed belt drive for the transmission.
So, who actually invented the world’s first motorcycle? The answer depends, whether the motor in question is steam-powered, or is it gas-powered?