Who was 1st??

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  1. #1 Posted Nov 19, 2017

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    Was Wondering Who was the 1st to Make and Sell MotorBikes???
    Sears CHIEF,,,,,,,Dayton,,,,,,,,Harley,,,,,,,,,or,, Indian,,,,,,?
    What Year?
     
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    https://thecabe.com/forum/threads/the-dawn-of-motobikes-and-truss-rods.51274/

    good thread on the subject.....From your list, I would say....Sear chief was 1915 and Im sure Dayton had a moto-bike in 1915. The Indian moto was 1916, and the Harley started in 1917. Daytons, chiefs, and Harley's where all made by Davis, Indian being the only only that Westfield.
    1914 is the "dawn" and I think pope/westfield was one of the first. I could be wrong.....

    good question...love this stuff
     
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    I'm going with Miami - this ad is from March of 1913: truss forks, double top bar, specified as a "Motor bike Model"...

    merkel motor bike.jpg
     
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    The word "motorbike" is a misnomer. You need to be more specific; motorcycle, bicycle with a motor, or a bike that replicates a motorbike. George Hendee creator and the founder of the Indian launched his protoype motorbike with Hedstrom in 1902 (he wasn't the first to do this) He just promoted and bolster how great his bike was! They were in full production of manufacturing "Motobikes" by 1904. Indian also launched the Merkel Wheel that attached to any bicycle. Now, the "motorbike" bicycle frame is a different story.
     
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    Gottlieb Daimler of Deutschland in 1885.
     
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    moto bike or motorbike or mobie bike, i believe double too tube with drop frame top tube. Great Western Laporte,Inc. had real early bicycle around 1911 era. Were talking bicycles here.
     
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    Ok, Ok,,,,,,From Those 4 Brands Only,,,,,,MotorBike BICYCLEs!!!!
    ie:
    Chief Ad,.jpg
     
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    Thanks for Your Answer!!!
     
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    Found in a 1909 circular for a 1910 model


    Overland .jpg
     
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    An interesting history of motor propelled bicycles cir 1910
    early motorcycles .jpg
     
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    IMG_7735.PNG Of course I was the 1st motor powered bicycle.
     
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    IVERS WAS ALSO EARLY
     
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    The Answer Was: The CHIEF!!!:D