authentically restored bicycle, manufactured by the Geneva Bicycle and
Steam Carriage Co. in Geneva Ohio, is fitted with a steam engine built
on the design of Lucius Copeland, who built his first steam vehicle based
on a Star high wheeled bicycle in 1886. It will travel at 12 miles per
hour, although maintaining a head of steam at that speed is difficult.
Steam was never very successful on two wheelers, and a short ride on this
one will show why. The Geneva is currently travelling the world as part
of the Guggenhiem Museums Art of the Motorcycle exhibit.
The boiler is of solid copper, and is of the drop tube variety.
It has vertical fire tubes, and the drop tubes are filled with water.
The burner is fueled by naphtha, and operates similar to a Coleman camp
stove. There are two feed pumps, one manual, and one mechanical that runs
off the engine. The engine is a single cylinder, double acting, slide
valve type running on 100 to 120 psi of steam. The boiler hangs on one
side of the front wheel, while the 1 gallon water tank and engine balance
the other side. Drive is by friction pulley to the front wheel.
from the Saddle
A QuickTime sound clip of The little bike that could!
and drag the QTVR image below to rotate the engine.