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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Remarkable steam-powered bike

Regarded as the forerunner of modern motorcycle that is in the present. A bike called 'Roper Steam Powered Motorcycle', a modern bike that uses the power of steam engines as the driving force.
This steam powered motorcycle designed by Sylvester H. Roper in 1894. (Picture from: http://dailym.ai/1a8cYV7)
This antique bike is made by Sylvester H. Roper in the 1890s. He made at least two prototypes of the steam cycle. It is among the world’s oldest motorbikes and predates early models from companies like Indian, Harley-Davidson and Orient.
The machine which had a top speed of 40 mph and consisted of a boiler, steam engine stuck onto a hickory velocipede bicycle frame. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1yXzfeN)
"Roper made only two bikes vapors and is from 1894. When Roper created his engine the word motorcycle hadn't even been conceived. It is amazing the machine has survived for this long," said Glenn Bator, head of Auctions America by RM's Vintage Motorcycle Division.
The rider of the 'Roper Steam Powered Motorcycle' could accelerate by turning the grip on the handles that acted as the throttle - in the same way as today. (Picture from: http://dailym.ai/1a8cYV7)
Based on the frame of a Columbia bicycle, the Roper steamer uses a  rectangular boiler system which, though prominent, is surprisingly compact. The setup includes a burner and grate, a small steam engine on the right side and a water tank mounted over the boiler.
The piston rods connected to a crank on the rear wheel axle and the solid wheels made for a very uncomfortable ride. (Picture from: http://dailym.ai/1a8cYV7)
Sylvester H. Roper died in 1896 at 73 years old.  
(Picture from: http://bit.ly/1yXzfeN)
An large, exhaust stack somewhat resembles a the exhaust pipes on some modern sport bikes. All controls are on the handlebars.

Roper steam-powered bike referred capable of running up to 40 miles per hour in May 1896 on a measured mile on the Dorchester Road in Boston. The bike runs using a furnace and heating water to produce steam which works as an engine power. A piston rod drive is connected to the rear wheels.

The rider could accelerate by turning the grip on the handles that acted as the throttle - in the same way as modern motorbikes.

After a few times to move the ownership, this antique bike has been sold at a price of U.S. $425 thousand in January 14, 2012, at Las Vegas Premier Motorcycle Auctions and become most expensive motorcycle ever sold at auction. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | AUCTIONS AMERICA | DAILYMAIL | GIZMAG]
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