In 1867, the American Sylvester Howard Roper invented a two-piston steam cylinder engine that was the forerunner of the combustion engines that were to follow. That was the beginning of a transformation that would lead to the powerful machines we know today. 

It may seem evident that the origin of motorcycles comes from an earlier invention; the bicycle. Many advances and innovations have been developed over the years to get a vehicle that did not require any physical effort to pedal, leading to the great variety of types and models of motorcycles that we have today. 

How have motorcycles evolved since then? From Rossvolt, a leading manufacturer of electric motorcycles, we will know how motorcycles have developed from the first model to today’s electric advances. Take note!

How have motorbikes evolved since 1867?

The evolution of motorbikes since 1867 has been dizzying. Nine years after Sylvester Howard Roper’s invention, in 1876, engineer Nikolaus August Otto produced the first four-stroke internal combustion engine. The machine was called the Otto cycle engine, and with this invention, the German Gottlieb Daimler was responsible for turning this prodigy into the first motorcycle in history. 

Later, in 1885, Wilhelm Maybach and Gottlieb Daimler built what was considered the first motorcycle. It consisted of a wooden frame and four wooden wheels. The engine was a combustion engine, developing 0.5 hp, 164 ccs, and reaching a speed of 18 km/h. 

Around 1894, Hildebrand and Wolfmüller created the first motorcycle intended for series production. The model was presented in Munich, Germany. In the same year, two Russian brothers living in Paris designed the first two-wheeled motorcycle, incorporating the engine in the front wheel. 

With the focus on further developments and the development of different models, the first scooter appeared in 1902. The concept was designed by Frenchman Georges Gauthier. Concerning his project, he presented a bicycle with small wheels, an open frame, and a protective cover with the aim that the driver could ride comfortably seated, with his feet on a flat base and that more accessories could be added, such as a small box or a spare wheel. 

1910 saw the appearance of the sidecar, the familiar one-wheeled trolley attached to the motorcycle, used by the public and, incredibly, also in some conflicts of war. It gained many followers and became very popular. However, its production stopped and has been paused for many years. So much so that it is rare to find one on the road today. 

After the end of the Second World War, in 1945, the custom motorcycle was born. The evolution of the motorcycle engine and some structural changes in motorcycles gave rise to the first custom bikes, a style of motorcycle characterized by its low and long motorbike design, with the same diameter and thickness of front and rear wheel. Their tires mimic the old style, and their rims are usually classic wheel rods.  

The 1970s saw some interesting and amazing changes, such as the appearance of the 4-cylinder. Japanese models also arrived, and with them came electronic ignition and other features picked up from racing, which boosted production and sales. 

From the 1970s onwards, innovations became more and more constant. Power ratings were higher, and designs more modern. However, the big surprise came in 1996, with the Scoot’ elec, based on electric power as a substitute for fuel. There have indeed been attempts to use this source since 1869, but it was not until the 1990s that the first mass-produced units were sold, which were useful for their range and speed.

Today, Rossvolt focuses on innovation and technology to offer electric motorcycles’ production based on efficiency and the inclusion of the best technical features on the market, always being aware of the needs of consumers to be able to offer a vehicle that is fully geared to meet them. 


Electric motorcycles, the present and future of mobility 

Rossvolt has emerged to break with the status quo and bring a touch of innovation to electric mobility. 

Regarding technical features, Rossvolt’s electric motorbikes stand out from the competition in terms of acceleration, speed, and charging power, three of the aspects most valued by two-wheeled enthusiasts. In this respect, Rossvolt electric motorcycles offer: 

  • Motor power ratings above 120 kW. 
  • A maximum speed of 235 km/h. 
  • Acceleration from 0 to 100 in less than 3 seconds. 

In addition, as for the motorcycle’s battery, Rossvolt has a battery system that offers super-fast charging so that the charging process is quick and convenient, trying to transfer the maximum number of conveniences to the rider. 

In terms of range, although this is a somewhat contentious issue due to the different range measurement systems, in our Rossvolt electric motorcycles, the battery’s energy density allows us to reach a capacity of 30kWh, the largest that exists. For this reason, they are perfect and very comfortable to face trips and long journeys since they have more than 200 kilometers of autonomy between cities. In addition, if, on the contrary, urban use is intended, its battery is prepared for greater independence, allowing the user to carry out a very high number of trips

Rossvolt’s electric motorcycles are committed to more efficient battery technology batteries than those used to dominate the market. The study and its insistence on technology and the latest advances applied to its production method make the efficiency and quality of its batteries a differentiating characteristic concerning its competition.

Undoubtedly, Rossvolt has emerged to spearhead innovation and technology in electric mobility, always committed to developing fully advanced technical features in its motorcycles, revolutionizing the concept of electric motorbikes.

Electric vehicles are already the present and will undoubtedly play a leading role in the mobility of the future. Are you ready to be part of this new generation of vehicles? Join the electric mobility with Rossvolt!