We have heard of steam engines used in trains, and probably cars. Have you heard of a steam powered bike and it can achieve a speed of 160kmph?
Chris Wedgwood, a steam power, and transport enthusiast set upon developing a steam-powered bike and add some punch to it with some good speed.
Wedgwood has used front end and frame from a Suzuki Hayabusa 1300cc and has modified by elongated swingarm and bespoke rear section to accommodate the engine.
Wedgwood is an enthusiast just like his family and says "Our family has had steam engines of different kinds for ever." Wedgwood father Phil, who is also a steam enthusiast and owns a 1934 steam lorry.
Wedgwood says "The thing with a steam engine is it is very resilient. Even a bad one will still work. And the engine used in the bike was originally designed as an auxiliary engine for some type of large commercial vehicle. It's not really big enough to power a car and I mentioned it might be interesting to try and put it in a bike. People encouraged me to try it, and that is the result."
The Doble engine is designed to run at a very high-pressure steam at 1500psi at a high temperature of 900 degrees Fahrenheit. Complex electronics take care of the pressure control, and temperature to make sure it runs at optimum power and efficiency.
Wedgwood has been developing the steam engine bike for the last three years and is currently displayed at the Isle of Man Museum in Jurby. He wants to test the bike probably in Bonneville salt flats. As of now he has tested the bike at the Jurby airfield and expects to get more than 160kmph.