Motorcycles

Beginning with the Butler Petrol Cycle in the United Kingdom and Indians and Harley-Davidsons in the United States through Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Yamaha in the 20th century, photos of men and women enjoying their motorcycles.
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While motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to die in a crash than those in automobiles, motorcycles still remain a popular - and fun - mode of transportation.

Consider these facts about motorcycles:
  • The first cycle was built in 1885 by Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach of Germany. It had a wooden frame with a gas engine attached. Called a "Reitwagen" - riding car - it was the first gas powered vehicle and was the precursor to the automobile.

  • The world's smallest motorbike was built in Sweden. With a seat just 2.55 inches from the ground and a wheelbase of 3.14 inches, it could go 1.24 mph.

  • The tallest motorbike was over 11 feet from the ground to the handle bars. The tires were 6 ft tall and the bike weighed 2.94 tons.

  • "TOTO" - a Japanese toilet manufacturer - built a motorcycle powered by livestock waste. It can run 180 miles on one tank of waste.

  • In World War 1, motorcycles played a key role for the Allies. Previously, messengers used horses to carry battlefield messages. Using motorcycles made this easier and safer - especially for horses! Harley-Davidson made over half of the motorcycles for the effort during the latter part of the War. .

Browse these photos of people enjoying their motorcycles in the 19th and 20th centuries and feel the thrill!
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A photo of August H Persey my Great Grandfather:)
People in this photo:
Apr 12, 1875 - Jul 15, 1966
Added Feb 27, 2015 by: Gracia Persey
Gracia Persey
56 favorites
A photo of David Lee Hudiburgh
People in this photo:
Dec 2, 1938 - Unknown
Added Jan 16, 2015 by: David Hudiburgh
David Hudiburgh
22 favorites
This photo of my gran Kathleen Cooney and her sister Nell was take when on holidays at Narrabeen. NSW-note the unusual hairdo's and the "'attitude"-they were both very strong willed women. My gran loved bikes and married a mechanic who also loved bikes.
People in this photo:
Unknown - Unknown
Added Aug 29, 2014 by: Marie Jones
Marie Jones
65 favorites
Muriel T Pitcox raced Motorcycles
People in this photo:
Jul 14, 1919 - Jan 31, 2000
Added Aug 24, 2014 by: JoLeigh Guajardo
JoLeigh Guajardo
8 favorites
A photo of Richard Marsden Hope-we don't know what sort of bike it is-but he loved bikes. This was his private bike. He worked for the NRMA in the 1920-30's as a mechanic in Sydney NSW. Australia. Rode around on their motor bike's helping drivers that had broken down. Later he opened his own mechanic's business in a large shed at back of home in Mortlake. I still remember it was full of machinery, grease and parts soaking in tubs.
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Jul 30, 1905 - Aug 1, 1959
Added Aug 12, 2014 by: Marie Jones
Marie Jones
65 favorites
A photo of Dorothy E Malotte
People in this photo:
Jul 4, 1920 - Nov 2, 2005
Added Jun 13, 2014 by: Mary Malotte
Mary Malotte
17 favorites
My Mother and My Grandparents. 1944-1946
A photo of Charles Brodie Stirton with his despatch bike.
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Added Jan 10, 2014 by: Denise Mcmanus
Denise Mcmanus
4 favorites
A photo of Dennis George Rowthorn
People in this photo:
Aug 21, 1923 - Aug 2, 2005
Added Aug 28, 2013 by: Dan Rowthorn
Dan Rowthorn
14 favorites
A photo of Itzchak Bergbaum
People in this photo:
Unknown - Unknown
Added May 24, 2013 by: Dan West
Dan West
18 favorites
We think this is a photo of my husband’s grandfather John A Metcalf, likely from the mid-1940s and taken in southern Idaho or northern Utah. This is the only photo we have, he left sometime around the birth of my mother-in-law in 1947.
Added Sep 22 by: Verena Block
Verena Block
20 favorites
This is a photo of Donald H Vennell added by Marilyn Vennell on May 27, 2020.
People in this photo:
Aug 10, 1954 - Aug 4, 1992
Added May 27 by: Marilyn Vennell
Marilyn Vennell
5 favorites
1955 on his wifes Harley...he used to race Zundaps
People in this photo:
Mar 15, 1934 - Oct 30, 2008
Added Feb 19 by: Lynn Ramage'
Lynn Ramage'
13 favorites
A photo of the Robb family
Added Jul 25, 2019 by: Cynthia Easley Robb
Cynthia Easley Robb
106 favorites
A photo of Lee James Morgan
People in this photo:
Sep 14, 1939 - Dec 23, 1980
Added Nov 12, 2017 by: Patricia Walling
Patricia Walling
428 favorites
A photo of Jack Rounsevell (on the left) taken on holiday in the south of France in September 1939 before he rushed home following the declaration of WW2. On the right is Cyril Reid, his old school friend (they both attended Woodhouse School). More information and photos are available from Brian Reid reidbrianj@gmail.com
People in this photo:
December 1913 - Feb 12, 1958
Added Oct 10, 2017 by: Brian Reid
Brian Reid
8 favorites
A photo of Richard Joseph Nunez
Added Apr 7, 2017 by: Lily Moyotl
Lily Moyotl
22 favorites
A photo of Albert (Bert) Heckman and his nephew, Joseph Noel Heckman (1902-1974) with Bert's motorcycle complete with sidecar. Bert and his wife would travel from their home in Ohio to visit their relatives in Doylesburg in their motorcycle.
People in this photo:
Unknown - Unknown
A photo of George Grafton Allison on his Harley Davidson Motorcycle . When George's sister, Grace, married my great-grandfather, John Burns Russell, he and John became the best of friends and they hung out together quite often. They both loved riding George's Harley. George proudly served his country during WWI serving as a corporal in Co D Engineers ONG (112 Engineers). He enlisted on 28 June 1916 and served in France at Meuse-Argonne; Ypres-Lys; Defensive Sector. He was wounded In action slightly on 6 Nov 1918. He also served as a member of the American Expeditionary Forces from 22 June 1918 until 1 Apr 1919 and was honorably discharged on 16 Apr 1919.
People in this photo:
Apr 6, 1896 - Apr 30, 1951
Added Aug 17, 2016 by: Lauralee Jenkins
Lauralee Jenkins
70 favorites
A photo of James Grey
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Feb 1, 1920 - Mar 23, 1987
Added Aug 8, 2016 by: Erin Renee
Erin Renee
22 favorites
A photo of Terry J Bergmann
People in this photo:
May 7, 1950 - Sep 23, 1978
A photo of a motorcycle around 1923.
A photo of my Grandfather James Lofquist on his bike in Northern Michigan. Anyone know where to find a Cities Service Sign? I think they were once Citgo.
People in this photo:
Unknown - Unknown
A photo of Uri Salomon Hartogsohn with his father, on a bike. Uri was sadly deported to Sobibor with his parents and older brother Arno. Nothing kids like more than bike riding
People in this photo:
Nov 9, 1939 - Jul 16, 1943
A photo of Jesse Darby with an early Indian Motorcycle *Photograph property of Daryl Johnson. Please do not copy without permission.
People in this photo:
Unknown - Unknown
Added Dec 28, 2015 by: Daryl Johnson
Daryl Johnson
105 favorites
A photo of Jerry J Tucker
People in this photo:
c. 1926 - Unknown
A photo of Marty Eldon Mitchell
People in this photo:
Unknown - Unknown
Added Oct 11, 2015 by: Judy Mitchell
Judy Mitchell
30 favorites
A photo of John Murphy Hames
People in this photo:
Oct 7, 1910 - Jan 3, 1967
Added Aug 19, 2015 by: Michael Hames
Michael Hames
5 favorites
A photo of Mabel Edith Cole Paczoch Dawson
People in this photo:
Aug 28, 1892 - Dec 11, 1978
A photo of the Bridwell family
Added Jun 21, 2015 by: David Neil
David Neil
8 favorites
A photo of Kenneth Dean Mcguire (1952 - 2007)
People in this photo:
Jul 12, 1952 - Mar 18, 2007
Added May 6, 2015 by: Dean McGuire
Dean McGuire
8 favorites
A photo of Vincent D Rhodes (1956 - 2008)
People in this photo:
Jun 22, 1956 - Jun 20, 2008
Added Mar 30, 2015 by: Alese Rhodes
Alese Rhodes
13 favorites
A photo of Julian Skelton's motorcycle club, Rome, GA in the early 1960's
People in this photo:
Jan 14, 1923 - Oct 13, 1984
Added Mar 10, 2015 by: Juli Skelton
Juli Skelton
9 favorites
A photo of Julian Skelton (1923 - 1984) during his Presidency of the Rome Shrine Club
People in this photo:
Jan 14, 1923 - Oct 13, 1984
Added Mar 10, 2015 by: Juli Skelton
Juli Skelton
9 favorites
A photo of Susan (Shaw) Valencia (1958 - 2007)
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Nov 1, 1958 - Oct 6, 2007
Added Jan 12, 2015 by: Teresa Shaw
Teresa Shaw
11 favorites
Wilfred Harold Arthur Topp (Bill) with his American motor bike. He used this when he was providing pacing training for Hubert Opperman. Wilfred worked for Malvern Star and serviced Hubert's racing cycles.
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Added Jan 3, 2015 by: Georgia Topp
Georgia Topp
44 favorites
A photo of David J. Lesizza (1940 - 2014)
People in this photo:
1940 - Dec 31, 2014
Added Jan 3, 2015 by: Diana Lesizza
Diana Lesizza
91 favorites
A photo of David J. Lesizza (died 2014)
People in this photo:
1940 - Dec 31, 2014
Added Jan 1, 2015 by: Diana Lesizza
Diana Lesizza
91 favorites
A photo of Bruce T Birck (1950 - 2011)
People in this photo:
Nov 27, 1950 - Oct 11, 2011
Added Dec 26, 2014 by: Barbara O'Brien
Barbara O'Brien
6 favorites
A photo of Calvin P Mullen 1912 - 1998
People in this photo:
Nov 21, 1912 - Apr 22, 1998
Added Nov 5, 2014 by: Tonia Mullen
Tonia Mullen
4 favorites
Harley Riders, late 1946. Couple on left is Arthur and Evelyn Truesdale. Couple on right is Herman and Dorothy Roesch. Taken in St. Petersburg, Florida. The sign between them says Open for Business. Notice the men are both touching their motorcycles.
People in this photo:
Jul 6, 1923 - May 13, 2013
A photo of Billy Dean Thomas (1932 - 2008) and an article about his winning a bike.
People in this photo:
Aug 9, 1932 - May 27, 2008
Added Sep 25, 2014 by: Ward Thomas
Ward Thomas
9 favorites
A photo of Silvano Gabbai
People in this photo:
Jan 8, 1955 - Oct 22, 2010
Added Sep 10, 2014 by: Janette Gabbai
Janette Gabbai
19 favorites
A photo of Silvano Gabbai
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Jan 8, 1955 - Oct 22, 2010
Added Sep 10, 2014 by: Janette Gabbai
Janette Gabbai
19 favorites
A photo of Silvano Gabbai
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Jan 8, 1955 - Oct 22, 2010
Added Sep 10, 2014 by: Janette Gabbai
Janette Gabbai
19 favorites
A photo of Silvano Gabbai (1955 - 2010)
People in this photo:
Jan 8, 1955 - Oct 22, 2010
Added Sep 10, 2014 by: Janette Gabbai
Janette Gabbai
19 favorites
A photo of James Glen Fussell
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Dec 12, 1915 - Apr 17, 2005
Added Sep 3, 2014 by: Mary Dykes
Mary Dykes
7 favorites
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