“Reitwagen” (riding car) or the world’s first internal combustion motorcycle!


The “Reitwagen” (riding car) was the first internal combustion motorcycle built by Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach! In 1885 Gottlieb filled a patent for the vehicle described as “automobile with two wheels” or a motorbike, as we call it today. For those who are not familiar with his work, he was an engineer, industrial designer and industrialist born in Schorndorf (Kingdom of Württemberg, a federal state of the German Confederation), in what is now Germany. He was a pioneer of internal-combustion engines and automobile development. He invented the high-speed petrol engine.

The “Reitwagen” (riding car) or the world’s first internal combustion motorcycle!

In the video below you can see a replica of the motorbike that was built as a test unit to prove the suitability of Daimler and Maybach’s gas or petroleum engine for everyday use. Engine was 264 cc (16.1 cu in) air-cooled four-stroke single. Crank start. Top speed 7 mph (11 km/h) Power 0.5 hp (0.37 kW) at 600 rpm. Transmission – Single speed, belt drive! One thing is certain – you can’t do a wheelie with this one! Check it out!