Tekniska Museet
100 Innovations - Tekniska museet

An exhibition at the National Museum of Science and Technology in Stockholm, 2012 – 2018

The motorcycle

The motorcycle

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The motorcycle

Part of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle that was manufactured in 1927. TM39470. Photo: Ellinor Algin

the motorcycle

"Indian" motorcycle manufactured in the USA. This photo was taken in 1916. Photo: Kanu Faiur.

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The motorcycle

The first motorcycles with small, light combustion engines came at the end of the 1800s. The German, Gottleib Daimler, attached an engine to a bicycle — and made a motorcycle. The vehicle could then have two or three wheels.

At the beginning of the 1900s the motorcycle was a kind of sports equipment for rich young men in cities. During the 1930s it became a means of transport for the working class. In the 1950s the motorcycle symbolised a new youth culture with bikers in black leather jackets riding with pillion passengers. In the 1970s custom-made bikes entered their golden age and people rode choppers. 

Nowadays the motorcycle is a hobby for many people and something of a lifestyle. It has also regained its role as a smart mode of transport in the growing traffic jams in cities.

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