The history of the motorcycle begins in the second half of the 19th century. Motorcycles are descended from the “safety bicycle,” a bicycle with front and rear wheels of the same size and a pedal crank mechanism to drive the rear wheel.
Women posing with their motorcycles
Despite some early landmarks in its development, the motorcycle lacks a rigid pedigree that can be traced back to a single idea or machine. Instead, the idea seems to have occurred to numerous engineers and inventors around Europe at around the same time.
At the turn of the 20th century the first major mass-production firms emerged. During this period, experimentation and innovation were driven by the popular new sport of motorcycle racing, with its powerful incentive to produce tough, fast, reliable machines. These enhancements quickly found their way to the public’s machines.
These cool photos were found by Vintage Cars & People that show women posing with their motorcycles in the past.
A young lady in a fur-trimmed coat posing in the saddle of an NSU 501 T Combination in an autumnal forest. The bike is registered in the city of Berlin, November 1929
A cheerful young lady posing in the saddle of an ancient motorcycle in front of a double-leaf door. The words “1 January 1930” are handwritten on reverse. The bike is registered in the city of Berlin
A fashionable lady posing in the saddle of an Ariel Model F 500 on a dirt road in the countryside. The bike is registered in the city of Vienna, circa 1930s
A stylish lady in a female suit posing with a sidecar motorcycle in the countryside, circa 1930s
Two cheerful ladies posing with a Opel Motoclub 500 combination on a dirt road in the countryside. The bike is registered in the administrative region of Düsseldorf, circa 1930s