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November 6, 2020

Cool Photos Capture People With Their Motorcycles From Between the 1920s and ’50s

With the invention of steam engines and bicycles, 19th century scientists quickly realized that combining of these two technologies could substantially improve transport on public roads.

Young ladies on motorcycles

True revolution in motorcycle technology happened in 1885, when two German inventors Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach managed to produce first motorcycle with a gasoline internal combustion engine. This machine called “Daimler Reitwagen” (riding wagon) is today known as a first example of modern motorcycle that we know and use today. Since its appearance, many other inventors and engineers began making their own versions of engine-equipped bicycle.

Ten years after the premiere of “daimler reitwagen”, German manufacturer Hildebrand & Wolfmüller started the first motorcycle mass production factory. Their initial business did not manage to stay alive for very long but new safety features and increase of popular demand resulted in great motorcycle expansion during first years of 20th century.

Several major manufacturing companies started making their own motorcycle designs, most notably English Royal Enfield, Triumph, American Harley-Davidson, Indian Motorcycle Manufacturing Company and DKW.

A set of cool photos from Vintage Cars & People that shows people posing with their motorcycles from between the 1920s and 1950s.

A dapper fellow in a woollen suit and a lady posing with a D-Rad R 0/5 Combination in front of a monumental equestrian statue, 1927

A rugged-looking fellow in a leather jacket posing in the saddle of a single-cylinder motorcycle in front of Lorelei Rock in the Middle Rhine Valley, circa 1928

Three dapper fellows in suits and a stylish lady dressed in white posing with an English HRD "Howard Davies 90" motorcycle, circa 1928

A company of six posing with an Opel convertible and an ancient motorcycle on a sunny street corner, circa 1929

A stylish couple posing in the saddle of an ancient Norton 16H motorcycle in the countryside, 1929

A young lady in a fur-trimmed coat posing in the saddle of an NSU 501 T Combination motorcycle in an autumnal forest. The words "Auf dem Motorrad im November 1929" (on the motorbike in November 1929) are handwritten on reverse

A lady in a light-coloured raincoat and two chaps in bikers' gear posing with a Belgian-built FN 500 cc Combination motorcycle in front of Lorelei Rock on the bank of the River Rhine, circa 1930

A stylish couple posing on an Ariel 500 cc Model F motorcycle in a rural backyard, circa 1930

A stylish lady in a female suit posing with a sidecar motorcycle in the countryside, circa 1930

The words "1. Januar 1930" are handwritten on reverse

A young lady in a dress and apron posing in the saddle of an ancient motorcycle, September 1931

A fellow in a double-breasted sports coat and a blonde lady wearing a 3/4 length dress, white apron, and houndstooth jacket posing with a Zündapp B200 motorcycle, circa 1935

A lady in an elegant dress and a fellow in a leather coat posing with a BMW R 11 Combination on a gravel road in the countryside, circa 1935

An elegant young couple posing on a seemingly brand new BSA motorcycle, circa 1936

A young brunette lady proudly posing with a German-built Victoria KR 20 EN motorcycle in summertime, circa 1938

Three cheerful young ladies posing enthusiastically with a Zündapp K500 motorcycle, 1939

Three generations of an Austrian middle-class family posing with a slightly scruffy Indian Chief Combination on a gravel road in summertime, circa 1939

A cheerful young lady in a white sports coat posing in the saddle of a Harley-Davidson WL 750 motorcycle, circa 1948

A teenage girl posing in the saddle of an ancient motorcycle in the countryside, circa 1950

Three members of a Greek middle-class family posing with a Norton 500 16H Combination in a village street, December 27, 1950

A young lady with a scarf wrapped around her head posing in the saddle of a BMW R 51/3 motorcycle, May 17, 1952

A company of three cheerfully posing with a Puch 250 T motorcycle in an autumnal forest. The bike is registered in the city of Vienna, circa 1955

A young lady enthusiastically posing with an NSU Konsul motorcycle in the countryside, circa 1955

Three members of a German middle-class family posing with a single-cylinder BMW R 25/3 motorcycle, circa 1955

Two cheerful couples posing with their DKW SB 500 and Puch 250 motorbikes on a graveled country road in summertime, circa 1955

A young lady with an ice cream cone in her hand posing in the saddle of a BMW R25/2 motorcycle, circa 1956

Four members of a German lower-middle-class family posing with a Horex Regina 400 Combination motorcycle at a campsite in summertime, circa 1958




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