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20120920 Australian Motorcycle Museum at Haigslea - Gottleib Daimler Replica | by Degilbo on flickr
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20120920 Australian Motorcycle Museum at Haigslea - Gottleib Daimler Replica

This bike (except for the engine) is a replica of the first motorcycle in the world, built by Gottleib-Daimler of Germany in 1885. It was sometimes referred to as a "riding car". The engine was a single cylinder Otto engine 264cc and 0.5hp @ 600rpm, Gottleib Daimler's son, Paul, was the first to ride the bike and travelled 10km at a speed of 12km per hour. He was truly the first motorcyclist. This replica was built by W.J. (Bill) Petersen in Bundaberg in 1989, and has been ridden on many occasions. The real significance of the Gottleib-Daimler is that it was powered by the first high speed four stroke internal combustion engine. It was never intended to be built in large numbers for sale - and would have been unlikely to tempt many buyers. It did, however, prove a valuable testing apparatus for Daimler's engine, which was eventually developed for use in cars. The original bike was destroyed by fire, even the bike on display in the Mercedes Benz museum is a replica.

www.australianmotorcyclemuseum.com.au

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Taken on September 20, 2012