A fine, full size, static replica of an 1867-1869 Roper steam powered velocipede,
constructed of an oak and steel frame, handcrafted ash wheels, brass tank, fixtures and pressure gauges.
Historians are still unclear with the actual date of its creation. This steam-powered velocipede was built by Sylvester H. Roper of Massachusetts. He would often demonstrate at circuses and fairs. Its power source was a vertical firetube boiler heated by charcoal. Interestingly enough, Roper died of a heart-attack on 1 June 1896, while driving a twin-cylinder creation of this Velocipede at 40 mph on a bicycle track in Boston.
Currently this machine is preserved in the Smithsonian Motorcycle Collection and unavailable to the public.