Motorcycle Driven by Steam Operates Almost Noiselessly (May, 1936)
Motorcycle Driven by Steam Operates Almost Noiselessly
Silent except for a faint chug-chug at the start, a steam-driven motorcycle is in operation in Miami, Fla. It runs smoothly at one mile or fifty per hour, makes fifty miles per gallon of gasoline, kerosene or distillate and has no gears. A two-cylinder, double-action steam engine powers the cycle. It has a water tank, fuel tank, burner tank and pilot light tank. The six-gallon boiler is built to withstand a steam pressure of 500 pounds, but normal operation requires only 250 pounds. It takes only twenty minutes to get up steam when the engine is cold. A foot pedal operates the engine, stopping it automatically when the foot is removed, and a foot brake operates on the back wheel. The vehicle is built from secondhand parts.