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    I never saw a motorcycle under steam, but today I saw this one inside a glass case. (Too bad I didn't have my polarizing filter to eliminate the reflections.) It was in the Musée Mécanique, a free attraction at Pier 44 in San Francisco. This museum is the world's largest collection of coin-operated mechanical musical instruments and antique arcade machines. They are in their original working condition, and you can play them.

    This steamer is really old. Are there any newer examples that you know of?




    Last edited by aostling; 12-28-2008, 01:38 PM.
    Allan Ostling

    Phoenix, Arizona

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    http://ecomodder.com/forum/showthrea...ycle-4269.html

    http://brassgoggles.co.uk/brassgoggl...red-motorcycle

    http://thekneeslider.com/archives/20...k-motorcycles/

    Might be difficult to roll into a town and ask for a couple gallons of clear water and some dry tamarack

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    • #3
      http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~pa...cc/arc0373.htm

      Also some earlier ones here:

      http://www.dself.dsl.pipex.com/MUSEU.../steambike.htm

      worth a look.

      franco

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      • #4
        I wonder if anybody has considered building a drag bike powered by the catalytic decomposition of hydrogen peroxide? It is a very high energy density power source and the decomposition product is high temperature steam. It's what powers the "rocketman" backpack.
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        • #5
          Steam Motorcycle Conversion

          Tom Sepe's Steampunk Motorbike:
          http://steampunkworkshop.com/steampunk-motorbike.shtml

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Evan
            I wonder if anybody has considered building a drag bike powered by the catalytic decomposition of hydrogen peroxide? It is a very high energy density power source and the decomposition product is high temperature steam. It's what powers the "rocketman" backpack.
            Everything is already done.

            This was a Dutchman (Henk Vink, Kawasaki importer) in the eighties. Catalystic hydrogenperoxide and oxygen propulsion. As it was a one-off there was no competition and was as far as I know only used for (very foggy) demo's. Now in the NSU museum in Germany.


            Last edited by MCS; 12-28-2008, 11:13 AM.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by rschade
              Harry Hastings would be love to ride that .

              all the best.markj

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              • #8
                "...So it has a steam boiler on the back, which I use for steam effects, but there's no actual link up between the boiler and the wheels."

                This guy is a poser and a wanker.
                --Doozer
                DZER

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                • #9
                  I'm amazed by this guys skill

                  http://www.flashbackfab.com/pages/steam01.html

                  and check out his other project

                  http://www.flashbackfab.com/pages/excel00.html

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                  • #10
                    The V-2 Rocket used 90% hydrogen peroxide pressurized into a silver screen catalyst to develop steam to drive its turbo pump. It worked quite well. The only difficulty was in handling the peroxide. At that concentration, it's vicious.
                    Last edited by gnm109; 12-28-2008, 01:01 PM.

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                    • #11
                      While that rocket bike is interesting it isn't what I had in mind. I was thinking of catalytic steam to power an actual steam engine. It would be a great deal more efficient than a rocket. Also, a steam engine can be made to turn far higher rpms than an IC engine. The expansion of the steam in the cylinders is limited only by the speed of sound and the valve gear is a lot simpler. It should be possible to build a drag bike with no transmission or clutch and a fuel tank the size of a small thermos bottle.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Evan
                        While that rocket bike is interesting it isn't what I had in mind. I was thinking of catalytic steam to power an actual steam engine. It would be a great deal more efficient than a rocket. Also, a steam engine can be made to turn far higher rpms than an IC engine. The expansion of the steam in the cylinders is limited only by the speed of sound and the valve gear is a lot simpler. It should be possible to build a drag bike with no transmission or clutch and a fuel tank the size of a small thermos bottle.
                        Think steam torpedo, piston or turbine engine.
                        Weston Bye - Author, The Mechatronist column, Digital Machinist magazine
                        ~Practitioner of the Electromechanical Arts~

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                        • #13
                          I think a turbine might be a better idea given the volume of hot gas produced in such a very short time.

                          Some interesting solutions along this line:

                          http://www.hotrod.com/techarticles/e...que/index.html

                          http://www.vaiden.net/rocket_gokart.html

                          http://jalopnik.com/373531/for-sale-...rd-galaxie-500

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                          • #14
                            A turbine won't do for a drag bike. Spool up time is too long. Plus, then you need a complicated and breakable transmission.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Evan
                              Also, a steam engine can be made to turn far higher rpms than an IC engine. The expansion of the steam in the cylinders is limited only by the speed of sound and the valve gear is a lot simpler.
                              Are there any steam engines, not turbines, that can exceed say between 12,000 and 24,000 rpm which is what IC engines can achieve ?
                              And surely the limitation isn't the speed of sound but material stress's and all the munchy crunchy that goes with it.

                              .
                              .

                              Sir John , Earl of Bligeport & Sudspumpwater. MBE [ Motor Bike Engineer ] Nottingham England.



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