In 1901 several workable models with petrol engines spurted into life. These set the pattern for the design for most of what was to follow.
The motorbike was adopted by the army during the First World War. It served as a conveyance for delivering despatches and when given a sidecar attachment it provided a base for a mobile machine gun.
Between the wars the motorcycle became a favourite with young men in Britain and America. Many classic designs came into being at this time.
After WWll newer smaller models were developed and the scooter and moped came into being. In the 1960s Japan took on the motorcycle world and devastated UK manufacturers.