|Yankees Under Steam, Edited by Austin N Stevens, Yankee Inc. 1970|
If steam power counts, this likely was the first motorcycle. After building a steam powered velocipede, Sylvester Roper of New Hampshire went on to build this very motorcycle-like device in 1869. At the age of 72, while doing a demonstration ride in 1896, he suffered a heart attack and crashed.
Sounds like a good way to go.
So, he ran out of steam before his bike did!
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