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Congrats everyone!!!!

Yeah, I know it just may be a general off-topic thread, but I can't pass on the occasion.

Today, 10th of November (if my source is correct) 125 years ago two Germat engineers Wilhelm Maybach and Gottlieb Daimler set into motion the Worlds FIRST motorcycle. "The Daimler" had a 205 cubic cm engine with 0,5 (one half) Hp output and travelled at max speed of 12km/h. AND IT WAS MADE OF WOOD.

So today guys, our bikes have their great-grandfather's birthday. And we, my friends, have a date to remember. And the names of two valiant techs who, against all advice from friends or family, made the first step into the motor realm happen.

So congrats everyone!


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And it needed training wheels???

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Just need some knobby tires and it is ready for the backroads!

Went to Bob's BMW in MD yesterday where they have a small museum at their place, pretty cool stuff to see.

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shoot i thought you were going to wish happy bday to all the jarheads out there

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shoot i thought you were going to wish happy bday to all the jarheads out there
Come, Come, if the US Marines didn't have a party they would forget the USMC's birth day.

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I'm guessing they had some seat issues too...

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Great history lesson, thanks for posting it.
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Come, Come, if the US Marines didn't have a party they would forget the USMC's birth day.
US Marines? Wow...

Who'd have guessed? We had a birthday of russian militsija (kind of like police, only hell of a load worse at most). Last time too. They're re-naming it into police now. Which doesn't solve problems, quite the contrary, apparently... But, let's not open THAT can of worms here. It's a Versys forum/

On the topic, to all Marines out there - hapy birthday! I've never served in the army myself, but being rased a family where EVERYONE (save for my grandma) were military at some pint, well... Let me say that I respect people who learn to fight in defence of their country.

Wish we had more of this in our army...

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Great history lesson, thanks for posting it.
I realy just discovered it yesterday. Purely by chance, actually. But I was so fascinated I've decided to do some digging. Even got blueprints of the thing...

And to think it was only some four gens back... How far have we come, technology-wise... Mindboggling!

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Wow, I was born 125 years later and ride a bike called the V made of metal and plastic.

Thanks for digging -great info.

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And it needed training wheels???
If you slip off that seat it may not go well for you guys
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Not to drone on about the Marines(sarcasm), but they were protecting and preserving Democracy in America fully 110 years before that first motorcycle saw the light of day.

My Navy hat is off to all of the Marines!! Happy Birthday!

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My Navy hat is off to all of the Marines!! Happy Birthday!

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Indeed...

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And it needed training wheels???
I'm guessing on 6km/h (walking speed) it would've been difficult to roll on that rocket of a bike down cobble-paved streets. Plus, there were no helmets or def.gear back then, so... I figure I'd go for the wheels too. After all, this is as hard as hardtails get!

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