The household was mechanicalized. The first bicycle was built

The first gas engine motorcycle was built by German
engineer Gottlier Daimler in 1885. The motorcycle was made entirely out of wood
and had a top speed of ten kilometers (6 miles) per hour. During the 1800’s
everything from factories to household was mechanicalized. The first bicycle
was built in 1817 by German inventor Baron Karl Drais Von Saverbron. His
walking machine was a wooden contraption with two wheels, but no pedals. It was
intended to make walking easier by supporting part of the riders weight. In
1884, in the tiny stagecoach town of Phoenix, Arizona, a young steam engineer
and champion Bike racer, Lucius created a big wheeled “Penny Farthing” bike
with a steam engine. He took a “header” on the first ride and he ended up with
a concussion.

In the 1870’s, Nikolaus Otto of
Germany created the “Four-stroke engine.” Two of Otto’s employees, Gottlieb
Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach, struck out on their own and developed the engine
further. Daimler bought a bottle of “petroleum spirit” or a hair lice remedy or
as we call it today petrol or gasoline. The engine was too small to power a
heavy, four-wheeled  carriage, so
Daimler  mounted it to a homemade,
two-wheeled vehicle instead and called it an einspur (meaning “single track” in
german). Daimler never rode the einspur but his son rode it a few times going
to nearby town and back. Fun was what it was all about in the 1800’s.

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Before the bicycle was invented,
people had to walk wherever they were going, nles they could afford the cost of
a train ticket or had their own horse and carriage. Bicycles enabled people to
easily escape towns and cities to see countryside. For the first time, it was
possible to travel to another town and back in a single day at o cost. Bicycles
were cheaper than a horse, since they didn’t need to be fed or stabled. The
average person could afford one. Young men showed off their athletic prowess by
riding them around town, and by the late 1860s were competing in organized
races on the roads between towns in Europe.

In a 1900, 20-year old F.J. wiggler
purchased a two-seated tandem bicycle and cut off what he didn’t need with a
hacksaw. He then mounted a homemade engine onto what remained of the heavy-duty
frame, hopped on, and took his newly invented version of a motorcycle out for a
spin around his hometown of Lacrosse, wisconsin. Everywhere he went people
looked at him in amazement. Although the first Motorcycle brand names like
Harley-Davidson, triumph, BSA, and Indian. But most of these companies are
making prototypes that weren’t perfected. Motorcycles of the days were
tempermental.

Any number of things could go
wrong-and frequently did. Chains snapped and had to be replaced by spare links.
A wheel that hit a rock or log would need to be re-spoked. Inner tubes
frequently blew. Since shops that carried replacement tubes were few and far
between, riders had to learn how to patch them themselves.without tools, spare
parts, and a basic knowledge of repairs a motorcycle rider wasn’t going far.
Even finding gasoline could be an adventure. Gas stations only existed in big
cities. In smaller towns, tins of gasoline were sold in general stores, right
beside the bolts of cloth and cans of food.

Once it got dark, riding got even
more challenging. The only illumination came from gas flame lamps or primitive
battery-powered headlamps, neither which did much to light up the road ahead.
Riding in the country-especially on the rough dirt roads of North America which
was still mostly wilderness in the 1900s- was something only the adventurous
attempted. Then we get to the motorcycles that we have today. They are more
faster and some last longer than others. The new motorcycles actually have
headlights.

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