First wave of motorized bicycles started appearing only few short years after the premiere of Pierre Michaux famous bicycle pedal bike and lasted to mid-1880s. Pierre Michaux’s son Ernest made the first motorcycle in his Paris factory by combining small steam engine to one of their early “boneshaker” bicycle designs. That product kick-started the production of many other models, with several other inventors performed similar feat using various types of steam engines (Sylvester H. Roper used coal burn furnace in 1868, Louis-Guillaume Perreaux used alcohol burner chamber in 1871, Lucius Copeland attached steam engine to English “farthing-penny” high wheel bicycle in 1881).
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