Steam Cycle: Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum

June 28, 2008

Motorcycle Highlight: 1894 Roper Steamer

Date Line – June 1, 1896 – When 73-year-old Sylvester Roper showed up at a local bicycle track in Boston aboard this machine—a steam-powered motorcycle he invented—the young bicycle racers just laughed.

Here was this old man riding a strange contraption who wanted to race the local hotshots around the one-third-mile Charles River Park track. It wasn’t until the race was on that they realized the old man had come up with something truly amazing.

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