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With the invention of the internal combustion engine in the 1880’s, experiments soon began on 2-wheeled vehicles with ”engine assistance”.

With the invention of the internal combustion engine in the 1880’s, experiments soon began on 2-wheeled vehicles with ”engine assistance”.

Daimler-Maybach started in 1885 with a 2-wheeled vehicle – although it had supporting side-wheels. In 1897 Albert de Dion and Georges Bouton built a motorcycle with a steel-tubed frame carrying an engine. The oldest MC in the Museum’s collection – Dansk Humber – has a double-pistoned de Dion-Bouton engine. De Dion-Bouton supplied engines driving propellors for use in the air-balloons of the period, and it was an engine of this type that was adapted for use in the Dansk Humber.

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