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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. Read more >>

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! << Read less
A photo of August H Persey my Great Grandfather:)
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August H Persey
Apr 12, 1875 - Jul 15, 1966
A photo of David Lee Hudiburgh
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David Lee Hudiburgh
Born: Dec 2, 1938
Garfield, AR, USA
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.
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Muriel T Pitcox raced Motorcycles
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Muriel T Pitcox
Jul 14, 1919 - Jan 31, 2000
Somerset, TX
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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Richard Marsden Hope
Jul 30, 1905 - Aug 1, 1959
Mortlake, NSW, Australia
A photo of Dorothy E Malotte
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Dorothy Eileen Malotte
Jul 4, 1920 - Nov 2, 2005
central point, or, us
Shared on Jun 13, 2014 by:
A photo of Charles Brodie Stirton with his despatch bike.
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A photo of Dennis George Rowthorn
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Dennis George Rowthorn
Aug 21, 1923 - Aug 2, 2005
Carlton, Nottinghamshire, GB
Shared on Aug 28, 2013 by:
A photo of Itzchak Bergbaum
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A photo of Lee James Morgan
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Lee James Morgan
Sep 14, 1939 - Dec 23, 1980
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
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Jack Rounsevell
December 1913 - Feb 12, 1958
Mentone, Vic, Australia
A photo of Richard Joseph Nunez
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.
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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.
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George Grafton Allison
Apr 6, 1896 - Apr 30, 1951
A photo of James Grey
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James Grey
Feb 1, 1920 - Mar 23, 1987
New Brighton, PA
A photo of Terry J Bergmann
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Terry James Bergmann
May 7, 1950 - Sep 23, 1978
Tampa, FL, United States
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.
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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
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Uri Salomon Hartogsohn
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.
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A photo of Jerry J Tucker
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Jerry J Tucker
Born: around 1926
Indiana, United States
A photo of Marty Eldon Mitchell
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A photo of John Murphy Hames
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John Murphy Hames
Oct 7, 1910 - Jan 3, 1967
A photo of Mabel Edith Cole Paczoch Dawson
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Mabel Edith (Cole) Paczoch Dawson
Aug 28, 1892 - Dec 11, 1978
Albany, CA
A photo of Kenneth Dean Mcguire (1952 - 2007)
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Kenneth Dean Mcguire
Jul 12, 1952 - Mar 18, 2007
Nevada
A photo of Vincent D Rhodes (1956 - 2008)
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Vincent D Rhodes
Jun 22, 1956 - Jun 20, 2008
kennewick, Washington, us
A photo of Julian Skelton's motorcycle club, Rome, GA in the early 1960's
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Julian Skelton
Jan 14, 1923 - Oct 13, 1984
Rome, GA, United States
A photo of Julian Skelton (1923 - 1984) during his Presidency of the Rome Shrine Club
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Julian Skelton
Jan 14, 1923 - Oct 13, 1984
Rome, GA, United States
A photo of Susan (Shaw) Valencia (1958 - 2007)
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Susan (Shaw) Valencia
Nov 1, 1958 - Oct 6, 2007
Albuquerque, NM, United States
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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Wilfred Harold Arthur Topp
1881 - 1965
Carlton, Australia
A photo of David J. Lesizza (1940 - 2014)
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David J. Lesizza
1940 - Dec 31, 2014
Lake Helen, FL, United States
A photo of David J. Lesizza (died 2014)
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David J. Lesizza
1940 - Dec 31, 2014
Lake Helen, FL, United States
A photo of Bruce T Birck (1950 - 2011)
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Bruce T Birck
Nov 27, 1950 - Oct 11, 2011
A photo of Calvin P Mullen 1912 - 1998
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Calvin P Mullen
Nov 21, 1912 - Apr 22, 1998
Memphis, TN
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.
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Arthur W Truesdale
Jul 6, 1923 - May 13, 2013
Crystal River, Florida, Florida, United States
A photo of Billy Dean Thomas (1932 - 2008) and an article about his winning a bike.
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Billy Dean Thomas
Aug 9, 1932 - May 27, 2008
Whittier, California
A photo of Silvano Gabbai
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Silvano Gabbai
Jan 8, 1955 - Oct 22, 2010
Golden Beach, Florida, USA
A photo of Silvano Gabbai
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Silvano Gabbai
Jan 8, 1955 - Oct 22, 2010
Golden Beach, Florida, USA
A photo of Silvano Gabbai
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Silvano Gabbai
Jan 8, 1955 - Oct 22, 2010
Golden Beach, Florida, USA
A photo of Silvano Gabbai (1955 - 2010)
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Silvano Gabbai
Jan 8, 1955 - Oct 22, 2010
Golden Beach, Florida, USA
A photo of James Glen Fussell
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James Glen Fussell
Dec 12, 1915 - Apr 17, 2005
Harrison, TN
A photo of James Giordano
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James Giordano
Dec 24, 1917 - Apr 29, 1991
Carmel, NY
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