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How Has The First Motorcycle Benefited Today's Motorcycle Industry?

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How Has The First Motorcycle Benefited Today's Motorcycle Industry?

Andrew Scherer
September 28, 2011

Copyright (c) 2011 savvycontent.com

It was in 1867 that the first motorcycle came into existence with the help of Sylvester Howard Roper, an American. What was considered as the first motorcycle was a two-cylinder, steam engine motorcycle, which was powered by coal.

Then, in 1885, a German inventor, Gottlieb Daimler created the first gas motorcycle. In contrast to the brainchild of Sylvester Howard Roper, the German's invention has an engine fastened to a wooden bike. It was also Daimler's invention that marked the time in history when the dual development of a workable gas-powered engine and the bicycle rammed.

The German inventor should be thankful to his former employer Nicolas Otto for the engine he used in his motorcycle was Otto's Four-Stroke-Internal-Combustion Engine, which was named by Otto as Otto's Cycle Engine. After Daimler completed the engine, he then devised it into a motorcycle.

Several decades after, the English company Royal Enfield showed the world their first motorcycle. It had 239 cc engine in the front and had to be driven in the rear through a belt. Then in 1902, Triumph, another English bicycle maker, showcased its first motorcycle which is a bicycle fitted with a Belgian-built engine. Because of its motorcycle's fame, in 1903 the company's motorcycle sales reached 500. Moreover, on the same year the famous American motorcycle company Harley- Davidson began manufacturing its own batch of motorcycle.

As the market is continually producing motorcycle, the craze for motorcycle racing developed, as well. It was this sport that drove motorcycle companies to experiment and made some innovation on the machine. After some experimentation and changes, the market was able to sell tough, fast and reliable machines.

The fad for motorcycle racing did not end there. Until now, the sport has continued to gather followers and has kept the motorcycle industry growing. With the increase of the number of the racing fanatics and followers, the market for motorcycle has grown too including preventative maintenance and mechanical services.

The motorcycle industry has grown, indeed. What started as few bicycle companies has become a large number of companies that provide the motorcycle enthusiasts quality machines. Without the brainchild of Sylvester Howard Roper, the motorcycle industry would not have been here. Thus, he should be given thanks for inventing the first motorcycle in the world. Similarly, without him spearheading the race for the invention of motorcycle, dirt bikes, ATVs or the modern motorcycle would not have been enjoyed by the people.

Aside from the development in the motorcycle industry, powerful engines, faster bikes and bigger motorcycles were also developed. All of these are just innovations of the first motorcycles that were developed by many inventors and motorcycle companies centuries ago.

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