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Question Why doesn't Mercedes make motorcycles?

Why? BMW does why not MB?
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Mercedes has staked out its reputation on safety. Motorcycles and safety don't quite fit together under that strategic approach
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Mercedes, builder of the world's first motorcycle



Gottleib Daimler’s first engine, built together with his long-time congenial companion Wilhelm Maybach, was a horizontal four-stroke single-cylinder unit.

The horizontal engine was soon replaced by the so-called grandfather clock, a vertical, considerably smaller engine which was perfectly suitable for installation in vehicles. This engine saw the first use of the float carburetor developed by Maybach, a type nowadays referred to as a surface carburetor, which enabled reliable operation with gasoline.

Daimler first installed this air-cooled, 0.5 hp (0.4 kW) engine in the “riding car,” a wooden two-wheeler that was used as a test vehicle and quite incidentally went down in history as the world’s first motorcycle.

Power was transmitted from the engine’s belt pulley to the rear wheel via a drive belt. Two speeds were possible depending on the belt pulley chosen: 6 or 12 km/h.

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That thing either looks like a vintage Sybian or a torture device
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Not enough profit in 'cycles.
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THAT SEAT, OUCH! I think Shane would like!
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I think it would be cool to have one and to park it nest to our cars. I know several BMW owners that also have BMW motorcycles. Must be a nice feeling.
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How about a Trike?

MERCEDES-BENZ F 300 Life-Jet



Mercedes-Benz has yet to take the the Life-Jet, unveiled in 1997, past the concept-car stage. It remains an interesting vehicle, with an active tilt control system that allows the car to lean into turns at just the right angle for motorcycle speed with maximum safety and comfort for two occupants. The headlight system is linked to the tilt system, providing extra cornering illumination. The engine, the same as in the Mercedes-Benz A-class (new when the Life-Jet was shown) is located between the rear wheel and cockpit, offering better performance than roadsters and better fuel mileage than motorcycles. The prototype was lightweight, with an aluminum chassis weighing only 196 pounds. The roof, split into two halves, could easily be removed and stored above the rear wheel.
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VOLKSWAGEN GX3



Volkswagen says its GX3 will get 46 miles per gallon and cost American consumers under $17,000 for the two-passenger vehicle. The automaker claims it will be a lot safer than a motorcycle, thanks to a steel construction frame with paneling made of high-density fiberglass. The GX3's front axle resembles that of a car, while the rear is more like a motorcycle. VW is soliciting feedback from dealers and potential consumers, and Chairman Wolfgang Bernhard has said a decision on whether or not to mass produce the GX3 should not be long in coming.
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That thing either looks like a vintage Sybian or a torture device
Is that you "Aklim"?
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