History Of Dirt Bikes By Don Pimental Who Invented Them? Daimler and Maybach Some attribute the invention of the dirt bike, or at least the most notable inspiration for what would become the modern day dirt bike to two German inventors named Gottlieb Daimler (yes, that Daimler) and Wilhelm Maybach. In 1885 these two men created a bike powered by gasoline, but it was much closer to a moped than an actual motorcycle. This dirt bike precursors was called a Reitwagen, which is German for "riding car." Soichiro Honda Honda is given the nod as the true inventor of the dirt bike as it applies to motocross racing. In the late 1950s and early 1960s Soichiro Honda transformed the motorcycle itself from something that only thugs and bikers were riding at the time into a more mainstream vehicle. Over time, as motorcycles became a daily part of the existence of more and more people, the urge to ride them off the street and toward fishing spots and picnic spots and other areas for social congregation became overwhelming. Although Honda was not the inventor of the dirt bike itself, his design improvements included a making suspension stronger and adding larger tires with improved tread patterns to increase traction like never before How they became known and popular • By 1963 small Honda bikes started appearing on the backs of campers and RV’s. People of all ages where buying these little bikes up by the truckloads. Even retired folks who had never considered themselves bikers where using these little bike to get around campgrounds and to take through the woods to there favorite fishing hole. Women where using these bikes to get back and forth from the market. Children were using these little bikes to get back and forth to school. This is how trail bikes began and the rest is history! Why Were They Made? • Mainly off road services to be able to get to places cars or regular motorcycles could not go because of the design and size of the vehicle. • Dirt bikes could go almost any where a car couldnt and today they can be designed for the road and off road driving. Top Dirt Bikes Created • Honda CRF150R • Honda CRF450X • Kawasaki 450 Enduro • Kawasaki KLX110 • Kawasaki KX250F • KTM 250XC-F • Suzuki RM-Z250 • Yamaha PW50 • Motocross Yamaha WR250F The engine Highest Speed recorded on a Dirt Bike • "The most powerful dirt bikes have almost 150 horsepower and top speeds in excess of 185 miles per hour. Brands of bikes • Kawasaki • Honda • Yamaha • Suzuki • KTM Dirt Bikes Today • Example KX450F Engine Works Cited • Matt. "History of Dirt Bikes." Motocrossreview. Dirt Bike Reviews, 2011. Web. 29 Apr. 2011. <http://www.motocrossreview.com/content/view/367/56/>. • Sexton, Timothy. "Who Invented the Dirt Bike? | EHow.com." EHow | How to Videos, Articles & More - Trusted Advice for the Curious Life | EHow.com. Web. 29 Apr. 2011. <http://www.ehow.com/about_4706720_who-invented-dirt- bike.html>. • Chan, Jerry. "Speed of the Fastest Motorcycle." Hypertextbook.com. Glenn Elert, 2001. Web. 03 May 2011. <http://hypertextbook.com/facts/2001/JerryChan.shtml>.