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Antique motorcycle 3D models on Flatpyramid.
In 1894, the first serial production of motorcycles opened. The car “Hildebrand and Wolfmüller” resembled a bicycle with a ladies’ frame and was still very imperfect. About 2000 pieces were made in the three years of the brand’s existence.
In the early years of the 20th century, the motorcycle became popular due to its cheapness and sporting spirit. The world’s oldest known European and American brands were founded: 1899 – Matchless (England); 1901 – Royal Enfield (England), FN (Belgium); 1902 – Triumph (England) and Indian (USA); 1903 – Harley-Davidson (USA), Husqvarna (Sweden); 1908 – NSU (Germany); 1910 – BSA (England); 1911 – Benelli (Italy).
A typical motorcycle of the 1900s and mid-20s was a bicycle-type frame with a low-speed, heavy engine installed low in the front triangle, often with a direct belt drive to the wheel. In the 20s, Italian and German firms became active, motor racing became a massive and spectacular sport, accelerating the development of layout and technology.