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The History of the Motorcycle and Motorcycle Insurance

Curious about the history of motorcycles and motorcycle insurance? We’ve got you covered. However, if you have specific questions about motorcycle insurance policy options, contact THINK Insurance & Financial Services, serving Pomona, CA, and beyond.

A Speedy Look at the Motorcycle and Motorcycle Insurance

The late 19th century was a period of small-shop innovation, with many inventors working on various vehicles to replace horses and buggies. In 1895 Gottlieb Daimler invented the Daimler Reitwagen, which many consider the first petrol-powered motorbike. That same year, Karl Benz (also in Germany) invented what is widely considered to be the first combustion car.

The Reitwagen was a bit impractical, and in 1894, Hildebrand & Wolfmüller’s ‘Motorrad’ hit the market, offering a more modern experience. In 1898, the first production motorcycle in the USA, the Orient-Aster built by Charles Metz, hit the road. Over the next few years, other famed American motorcycle manufacturers, including Indian and Harley Davidson, were founded. Meanwhile, in the UK, Triumph bikes were also being produced.

Driving was initially quite dangerous, however, and if someone was injured in a car accident, they may have had to pay for all the medical bills and property damage out of pocket. In some cases, they might have been able to sue another driver or other liable party in court. However, court cases are a burden, and outcomes are often uncertain.

Fortunately, by 1897 automobile insurance was already available. In the USA, the first policy was issued to Gilbert Loomis in Dayton, Ohio. Policies would expand to cover motorcycles and other motorized vehicles. In 1927, Massachusetts made automobile insurance a state requirement. By the 1970s, most states required vehicle insurance, including for motorcycles.

Are you looking for modern motorcycle insurance options? Visit THINK Insurance & Financial Services, serving Pomona, CA, and other areas.

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