The Speed and Motion of the Classic Motorcycle
Motorcycles have been around longer than cars, the first steam-powered examples popped up in the late 1860s (although many traditionalists do not recognize these as motorcycles due to their powerplants). Interestingly however, the first series-produced cycles didn’t emerge until 1894 (built by Hildebrand & Wolfmüller in Germany, who were also the first to use the term motorrad: motorcycle), after people began series production of cars.
Regardless, as with their four-wheeled cousins, motorcycle use exploded in the earlier part of the twentieth century. Spurring it on were talented designers and illustrators such as Messrs. Georges Hamel, Roger Pérot, and Max Ponty who worked for advertising firms. Almost invariably, their art captured the excitement of rushing through the wind with the rest of the world whizzing by at a standstill. Whether advertising a track or velodrome, a manufacturer’s offerings, or equipment these posters make us want to ride.
Got two wheels in your weekend plans? Share what you’re riding and where you’re headed in the comments below. And if you haven’t made up your mind, blame it on the posters and hit the road!