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First Mass Produced Motorcycle

  Posted at 07:00:00 AM
  File under  Special-Bikes
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France

Hildebrand Wolfmuller motorcycle
I guess this would be an excellent question for Motorcycle Trivial Pursuit.... What was the first mass produced motorcycle ??

The answer is the Heinrich and Wilhelm Hildebrand and Alois Wolfmüller motorcycle, produced in Munich, Germany. They started their production in 1884, producing over 1,000 motorcycles in 2 years.

{from Complete Motorcycle Compendium} In 1889, Heinrich and Wilhelm Hildebrand of Munich made a prototype motorcycle using with a small steam engine. After their prototype steam motorcycle, the brothers joined with Alois Wolfmuller to manufacture a design patented by Wolfmuller and Hans Geisenhoff in 1894. It is considered to be the first production motorcycle, it was made in both Germany and France until 1896. The engine was a twin cylinder, water cooled, four stroke with 1488cc. The pistons traveled together (firing alternately) with their connecting rods pushing cranks on the rear wheel, like a locomotive engine. The rear wheel acted like a flywheel and it used rubber bands to pull the pistons back up the cylinders.

: Guinness World Records

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