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The History of Two Wheelers

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MHMC News Bulletin #3

Today we will share about two wheeler invention.

What was the first two wheeler?

The first two wheeler known to be built was the Dandy Horse. The dandy horse is a human-powered vehicle (one has to use their feet to make the vehicle move) using the two-wheeler principle, and is regarded as the forerunner of the bicycle. It had no pedals. The dandy horse was invented by Baron Karl Drais in Mannheim, Germany, and patented in France in February 1818.

How did the bicycle evolve?

Velocipede (/vΙ™ΛˆlΙ’sΙ™piːd/; Latin for ‘swift foot’) is a human-powered land vehicle with one or more wheels. The most common type of velocipede today is the bicycle.

The earliest velocipede Β was by the German maker, Karl Drais and Β it was called a Laufmaschine (German for “running machine”), which he first rode on June 12, 1817. He obtained a patent in January 1818. This was the world’s first balance bicycle.

The early velocipedes were made of wooded tyres, wrought iron frame and had pedals. These were called ~boneshakers~ as they made the ride jumpy and rattling. These were manufactured in 1860s and led to the Penny Farthing bicycle. The name is derived from the bicycle that had a big front wheel and a small back wheel.


The first modern bicycle was built in 1895 by Rover.

Who was the inventor of the first motorised cycle?Β 

In 1894, Hildebrand & WolfmΓΌller became the first to produce a motorcycle, and call it a motorcycle.

What was the first motorcycle built?

The first internal combustion, petroleum fueled motorcycle was the Daimler Reitwagen. It was designed and built by the German inventors Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach in Bad Cannstatt, Germany in 1885.


Who are the top players in the motorcycle industry?

In 2014, the three top motorcycle producers globally by volume were Honda, Yamaha (both from Japan), and Hero MotoCorp (India).

What’s about Harley Davidson bikes?

During the First World War, motorbikes were in great demand as they replaced horses killed in the war. Β They were used for effective communications with front line troops. American company Harley-Davidson devoted over 50% of its factory output for the war. The sturdiness of the bikes, speed, Β and ability to ride on uneven terrains made them popular.
By 1920, Harley-Davidson was the largest manufacturer, with their motorcycles being sold by dealers in 67 countries.



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