Daimler "riding car": world's first motorcycle

  • Date
    29 August 1885
  • Description
    Gottlieb Daimler registers a patent for a two-wheeled "vehicle with gas or petroleum engine" (patent no. DRP 36 423 issued on 11 August 1886). The test vehicle, producing 0.5 hp / 0.37 kW and also described as "petroleum riding car", is the world’s first motorcycle. On 10 November, Gottlieb Daimler's younger son Adolf undertakes a maiden journey from Cannstatt to Untertürkheim, reaching speeds of up to 12 km/h.
Daimler riding car, 0.5 hp, built in 1885
Daimler riding car, 1885
Daimler riding car, 1885 The world's first motorcycle.
Daimler riding car, 1885