What most people do not realize is that the first motorcycle to appear was also the first gasoline-powered vehicle ever made.
Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach, presented it in 1885 as a “rider car”. Since it was an experimental vehicle, it remained the only one ever made.
Hildebrand & Wolfmüller developed the first production motorcycle in 1894 and went on to make several hundred units. But prices were still too high, so production was unsuccessful.
By 1900 there were many companies manufacturing motorcycles but production faltered yet again and many were swallowed up by larger companies.
Of particular interest in Oldtimer circles are the many varieties and models of vintage motorcycles. The period before World War II is generally a popular choice.