This is the first motorbike figure in the world and Indonesia!

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Maybe there are still many of you who don't know about the first motorbike in the world. It turns out that the presence of motorized two-wheelers has been around for a long time. Even since the 19th century.

Then who is the creator? If you refer to a number of sources, actually two-wheeled vehicles in the world are quite complicated and contain puzzles, friends!

The reason is that at that time, practitioners and academics had carried out a number of experiments to create two-wheeled vehicles. Especially during the industrial revolution, there were many experiments ranging from steam-powered motors, internal combustion, electricity and all kinds of new technology.

They design various experiments and develop machines in warehouses and workshops spread throughout the world. After they were gone, the experiment continued. Certain parts were taken for subsequent discoveries.

As a result, until now no one really knows what the world's first motorbike looked like and who its creator was. However, there are several claims made by certain parties. Each of them believes that they are the creators of the world's first motorbike.

In addition, we will also tell you about the first motorbike in Indonesia. Want to know the details? Read the following discussion:

1. Velocipede Michaux-Perreaux is claimed to be the world's first motorbike from France

Launching from the Ride Apart page, there are actually many answers to this question, and all of them are correct. Some sources say that a French man named Ernest Michaux, the son of a blacksmith and Pierre Michaux, created the world's first motorbike.

At that time, he installed one of Louis-Guillaume Perreax's steam engines on a bicycle produced by the family business. They called it the Velocipede Michaux-Perreaux which was built between 1867 and 1871.

Michaux-Perreaux's Velocipede motorcycle still survives and is housed in the Guggenheim Museum's 1998 Art of the Motorcycle.

2. Roper Steam Velocipede, considered the first motorbike from the United States

Not only Velocipede Michaux-Perreaux, a number of sources also say that a man named Sylvester Roper from Boston, Massachusetts, United States (US) is the maker of the first motorbike in the world.

Similar to Michaux, they installed steam engines on bicycles. Roper sold the Roper Steam Velocipede motorbike in the late 1860s until his death in 1896.

The second generation steam motor designed by Roper was exhibited on the Charles River Bicycle Path, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, on June 1, 1896. At that time, he successfully drove his vehicle at a speed of 40 miles per hour. Roper also had to breathe his last breath at the age of 72 years.

3. Daimler Petroleum Reitwagen comes from Germany

In line with the two previous motorbikes, the Daimler Petroleum Reitwagen is also considered the first motorbike in the world. The motorbike created by Gottleib Daimler and William Maybach was built in 1885.

The Reitwagen was (according to historical sources) the first commercially produced gas-powered motorbike. At that time, motorbike bodies still used wood, the engine was placed in the middle and used petrol.

Reitwagen itself is taken from German which means riding car. The engine on the Reitwagen itself comes from the development of a 4-stroke engine created by Nicoulas Otto.

From there, the graduate of the Stuttgart Polytechnic created a new engine that runs on gasoline. He also invented the carburetor.

Until finally, Daimler, who at that time was assisted by his assistant, Wilhelm Maybach, succeeded in installing an engine and carburetor on a bicycle, which was later called the first motorbike in the world.

On November 10, 1885, the motorbike was tested for the first time by Daimler's son, Paul, from the city of Cannstatt to Untertukhem, Germany with a distance of 8 miles or around 12.8 km.

The experiment was quite successful. The motorbike arrived at its destination even though the engine was hot which made Paul's journey less comfortable and less than perfect.

In terms of specifications, of course this motorbike cannot be compared to the motorbikes currently available. Although technically, the motorbike has a capacity of 264 cc. However, the power produced is only half the horsepower.

The engine used can only rotate up to 600 rpm. As a result, the maximum speed produced is only 11 km/hour.

From these trials, Daimler and Maybach improved and developed their engines so that the motorbikes could run smoothly without obstacles

After Daimler died in 1900, Maybach continued its innovation by developing an engine which has now resulted in the Mercedes car.

Not only motorbikes, Daimler and Maybach were pioneers in creating luxury cars which are now enjoyed by many people.

The First Motorcycle in Indonesia

A brief review of the history of motorbikes in Indonesia. In fact, these two-wheeled vehicles have been present in Indonesia since Indonesia was under Dutch occupation. At that time it was still called the Dutch East Indies or Nederlands Indie.

So it is not surprising that motorbikes have been present in Indonesia since 1893 or 127 years ago. The first person to own a motorbike on Earth, an Englishman known as John C Potter.

He is known to be the First Machinist at the Oemboel (read: Umbul) sugar factory in Probolinggo, East Java.

Quoting from the book "Devil's Crete" (de duivelswagen), John C Potter tells the process of ordering the motorbike directly at the Hildebrand und Wolfm├╝ller factory, in Munich, Germany.

The motorbike was imported in 1893, one year before the first car arrived in this country. This made John C Potter the first person in this country to use a motorized vehicle.

At that time, John C Potter's motorbike did not yet use a chain, the rear wheel was driven directly by the crankshaft. The motorbike was not equipped with gears, did not use magnets, batteries, coils and electrical cables.

The motorbike has a horizontal two-cylinder engine that uses gasoline or naphtha as fuel. Just starting it takes about 20 minutes for the engine to stabilize.

The first motorbike in Indonesia was taken to the traffic museum in Surabaya, where it is now unknown.

As the number of cars increases, the number of motorbikes continues to increase. In line with this, motorbike touring clubs also developed, whose members were plantation entrepreneurs and sugar factory officials.

Development of Motorcycles in Indonesia

With the increasing number of cars and motorbikes in Indonesia, various brands of motorbikes are sold in this country, from Reading Standard, Excelsior, Harley Davidson, Indian, King Dick, Brough Superior, Henderson, to Norton.

Motorcycle manufacturers present in Indonesia can be seen from motorbike advertisements published in newspapers in the period from 1916 to 1926.

At that time, in this country there was also a three-wheeled electric motorbike that used battery power, called the De Dion Bouton Tricycle made in France.

The three-wheeled electric motorbike is also used to tow passenger wagons. Another motorbike that was also used to pull the wagon was the Belgian-made Minerva motorbike.

In the early 1960s, Vespa scooters began to appear, followed by Lambretta scooters in the late 1960s. At that time, there were also motorbikes from Japan, Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha, and later also Kawasaki.

Over time, Japanese motorbikes dominated the motorbike market in this country.


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