This motorcycle appearing in Russia is the delightful throwback to a technology of ...
This motorcycle appearing in Russia is the delightful throwback to a technology of the 1860’s that would come to inspire steampunk.
This uploader, Virtuoso, claims this bike was originally built in 1869, which would make it one of a first prototypes of the vehicle to ever exist.
While there are competing claims for a first true motorcycle, and this one is the Roper steam velocipede (or at least the very impressive re-creation).
This famous bike was built by Sylvester H. Roper, of Roxbury, Massachusetts, and who would show off his invention at various fairs and circuses.
The velocipede’s technology is old, but it used concepts still found in motorcycles today, like the twisting hand-throttle.
It had the hand-operated water pump mounted on a left forward side of a boiler housing, while oscillating steam cylinders would pivot on each side of a frame.
Piston valves for cylinders were operated by the eccentrics next to their cranks, the feed-water pump was controlled by a left-cylinder crank.
That sizable tubing at the base of a chimney would create exhaust steam, which provided a forced draft.
Virtuoso says that the parts have been replaced, so it is hard to know what is authentic here and what is not, although it would be shocking for the bike to be in continual operation for that long.
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