10 of the Most Important Motorcycles Ever Made

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Ever since Ernest Michaux attached a steam engine to his father’s pedal-powered velocipede in 1867, motorized cycles have stirred the soul and symbolized freedom. With every subsequent decade, the quest to take motorcycle design farther in order to go faster has built on the breakthroughs of prior generations. Here are 10 of the most important motorcycles ever made—machines that accelerated power, performance, and artistry.