Geneva - USA

Steam engine machine

This machine, manufactured by the Geneva Bicycle and Steam Carriage Co. in Geneva Ohio, is fitted with a steam engine built by Lucius Copeland.  Copeland built his first steam vehicle based on a Star high wheeled bicycle in 1886.

The Geneva travels at a hesitant 12 miles per hour. Steam was not suitable for motorcycles. 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.

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