Blast from the past: How far have manufacturers moved on from their first models?


As part of our #realriderreborn campaign which launched this week in line with the brand new App, TEAM REALRIDER® has spent some time looking back at where motorcycling began.

Harley Rider? Check out their first release in 1903. Serial Number 1 causes controversy as to whether it was actually Harley’s first production but it is generally considered the first true Harley Davidson motorcycle as they were later developed and certainly the oldest Harley Davidson bike in existence today. A far cry from 2016 New Roadster.

BMW biker? The R32 launched in 1923 marked BMW’s first foray into motorcycle mass production. The original BMW badged bike, the R32 established the boxer-twin, shaft-drive powertrain layout that BMW would continue to use until the present. In fact BMW used shaft drives in all of its motorcycles until the introduction of the F650 single cylinder in 1994. The current key release the S1000XR however is based on a four cylinder model.

Yamaha devotee? YA-1 was the first model completed by the Yamaha development team. A bike powered by an air-cooled, 2 stroke single cylinder 125cc engine, became the first to be put through a 10,000 km endurance test, just to ensure it was top-class.

Feeling nostalgic yet? Every Thursday for the next six weeks we will be showcasing different images that represent a unique time in motorcycle history. Get involved and show us your ‘Blast from the Past’ biking photos by posting them on facebook, instagram.

The best shot each week will win a 12 month’s subscription to REALRIDER’s crash detection technology service REALsafe®.

How to enter

To enter the competition all you need to do is post your photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram alongside the tags #realriderreborn #tbt (Throwback Thursday). Alternatively search out our ‘Blast From the Past’ images and comment on one of our posts with your entry.

Terms & conditions

This competition will run for six weeks , ending at 11pm on 5th July 2016 . Winners will be chosen weekly and announced every Wednesday across REALRIDER® social media. Prize is non- refundable and non-transferable.

Photo entries may be used for promotional purposes by REALRIDER®.