The motorcycle as we know it today first appeared mass produced in the 1890s.
Petroleum-propelled, these motorcycles closely resembled modern motorcycles and are the mainstream definition of the first "motorcycle." But nearly 30 years earlier, in the 1860s, a different kind of propelled bike entered the scene - the motocycle. Inspired by the bicycles of the day, Sylvester Roper created a self-propelled bicycle - powered by steam!
Sylvester's technology might have seemed pretty crazy and definitely dangerous, but it was the start of what would become the motorcycle technology used today. Watch the Steam Culture below to learn more about Sylvester's invention and some unbelievable facts. Hint: you won't believe how Sylvester died!