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Motorcycles In 1868 Ernest and Pierre Michaux of France experimented with a steam-powered bicycle This engine was to big and heavy to really do much other than be a good idea In 1868 steam powered motors was all that they had The idea of a motor-powered bicycle had not come around again until 1884 when the gas powered combustion engine was a fairly common thing In 1884 a man from England named Edward Butler attached a motor to his sons tricycle Then four months later he attached a larger motor to his own custom tricycle Every one thought that this idea was the best Well the news got out to a German named Gottlieb Daimler Daimler thought that he had to make one of the machines But Daimlers machine was different Daimlers machine had an ordinary bicycle for a frame instead of a tricycle Daimler finally got his motor bicycle completed in1886 Soon after Daimler had finished his bike he lost interest in two wheels and went on to pioneer the automobile These three machines were the birth of motorcycle The first really successful motorcycle was built in 1901 The people who built it were Michael and Eugene Werner They adopted the classic style of motorcycle that is used today with the motor between your legs and underneath the gas tank The word motorcycle wasnt really even used until the end of the twentieth century Motorcycle meant and bicycle or tricycle with an engine Some of the kinds of motorcycles were two-wheeled bikes three-wheeled bikes mini-bikes mopeds and motor scooters The scooter was extremely popular in Italy Motorcycle racing began in 1897 The first official race was in Richmond Surrey England Most of the racing back then was either city-to-city or informal road races Starting at about 1905 closed-circuit racing was big among racers First of all it was easier All you had to do was turn one way and
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