It was on April 3rd, 1885, that Gottlieb Daimler got his patent for creating the world’s first petrol-powered internal combustion (IC) engine. Labelled as Einspur (single track, in German), this single-cylinder IC engine with stabilizing wheels on both sides (since the rider's feet could not touch the ground because of the tall saddle) is more popularly known as the Daimler Reitwagen^, or the world’s first motorcycle with an engine.
This engine, developed inside a garden shed with the support of Daimler’s assistant Wilhelm Maybach, was originally created to move a 4-wheel carriage, but lack of engine power made them install it on a 2-wheeler. The first ride undertaken was by Daimler’s 17-year-old son, Paul, but that ended in a small accident – the saddle got burnt because of intense heat.
After a few more tests and improving the performance of this 265cc engine with a power output of 5 hp, the first ride was for 3 km alongside the river Neckar. Maybach drove this bike at a speed of 12 km/hr.
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^ also called "Standuhr" or "Grandfather’s Clock", as Daimler felt the engine looked like the pendulum of a clock.
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|- Material: High Grade ABS Plastic|
|- Made in Germany|
|Scale||1:87 / HO|
|Box Dimension (in inches)||4.5 x 2.5 x 2.5|
|Color||Brown / Black|
|Material||High Grade ABS Plastic|