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August 29: Gottlieb Daimler patents the first motorcycle on this date in 1885

Justin Hyde
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Tucked on the back of the fairway at last year's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance was this contraption, which looks like a cross between a bicycle and some kind of 19th-century medical device. Brought by Mercedes, it's a replica of the world's first motorcycle -- an attempt by Gottlieb Daimler to explore how he might package the four-stroke gasoline engine invented by Nicolaus Otto. While there had been a steam-powered two-wheeler before, Daimler's invention, patented 128 years ago today, is generally considered the primordial vehicle from which modern motorcycles and automobiles evolved. (The real item was lost in a fire during the 1930s.)

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