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10. Hildebrand & Wolfmüller – 1894
The Hildebrand & Wolfmüller Twin isn’t the world’s first motorcycle, but with approximately 1,000 examples built between 1894 and 1897, it is credited as the first motorcycle to achieve series production status. In addition to being the first commercially successful motorcycle, in 1896 the Hildebrand & Wolfmüller model was entered in the first recorded race exclusively for motorcycles from Paris to Mantes, France, and back. Other firsts include lubricating oil carried in the frame’s front down tubes while water for the liquid-cooled model resided inside a modified rear fender.
1894 Hildebrand & Wolfmüller
|Country of Origin||Germany|
|Engine Type||Liquid-cooled, four-stroke, side-by-side Twin|
|Engine Capacity||1488 cc|
|Horsepower||2.5 bhp @ 240 rpm|
|Bore x Stroke||90 x 117 mm|
|Transmission||Direct drive to rear axle, then sun and planet reduction gear to wheel|
|Top Speed||24 mph|