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    Here is a YouTube video showing running examples of the first three motorcycles. All were built before 1900 and I am pretty sure they are all reproductions. However they are fun to watch. But I sure wouldn't want to ride them on the dirt and gravel roads of the day, what with those thin hard rubber tires and no suspension: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vrd8QpIjlbw&t=13s
    Richard - Current bikes: 2016 BMW R1200RS, 2018 16.6 kWh Zero S, 2011 Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Classic, 2009 BMW F650GS, 2020 KTM 390 Duke, 2002 Yamaha FZ1 (FZS1000N) and a 1978 Honda Kick 'N Go Senior. 

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    Here is an example of "old school" lighting. Great for keeping your pot of coffee warm. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuK0fZO0l6o
    Richard - Current bikes: 2016 BMW R1200RS, 2018 16.6 kWh Zero S, 2011 Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Classic, 2009 BMW F650GS, 2020 KTM 390 Duke, 2002 Yamaha FZ1 (FZS1000N) and a 1978 Honda Kick 'N Go Senior. 

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    A couple years back I met a guy at a local airport. He drove up in an Oldsmobile from about 1906. It was mind blowing that a car about a 110 years was running the backroads. I never knew the gas lanterns hung on early cars were detachable so that, in the dark, the driver could grab the lamp and walk over to the barn an open the door to pull in.
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    Great stuff. A local collection has a replica of the early Daimler Benz.
    A buddy had a 1911 Excelsior 350. Belt drive and a Bendix brake on the back wheel. It would go faster than I'd want to ride it. I clocked him at 50mph no sweat. Stopping was another matter. They have some value. When he sold it he got something around $27,000 for it.

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