NOVEMBER 10: Teen rides first motorcycle

Daimler_ReitwagenON THIS DATE in 1885, sixteen-year-old Paul Daimler became the world’s first motorcycle rider when he rode a two-wheeled motorized machine invented by his father, Gottlieb Daimler, near their home in southern Germany.

The motorcycle had two extra stabilizing wheels and only traveled about seven miles per hour,
 which is slower than a running chicken. There was an element of danger, though. Daimler’s sister later test-drove the bike and crashed into a tree.

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