The Boiler Bike
For a while, steam power held a lot of promise as a power source, but primitive boilers that took forever to warm up essentially doomed the experiment. Even so, the steam-powered land speed record stood for over 100 years, and these days there is renewed interest in steam power from a variety of sources.
This one-of-a-kind motorcycle was built by Sylvester Roper, who reportedly would use coals from his steamboat to warm up the boiler, which sits below a water tank. A water pump was driven off of the rear axle, and a small steam engine would propel the Columbia bicycle-based steamcycle to speeds upwards of 40 MPH.
Unfortunately, Roper died while riding the steamcycle, apparently suffering from a heart attack in the middle of his race bicyclist Nat Butler. So far as I know, this is a unique contraption, never replicated or sold. Since I am a I huge fan of steampunk (if you hadn’t figured it out already) I felt compelled to share this with you, dear readers. And I hope you think it is as cool as I do!
Roper’s steamcycle will hit the auction block this Janaury, though there is no indication of what the expected selling price will be. But who wouldn’t want to ride around with a tank full of boiling water sitting right beneath your genitals?
Source: Hemmings Autoblog