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Visitors to Arizona’s Maricopa County Fair saw a surprising demonstration in 1884 — local inventor Lucius Copeland had added a steam engine to a bicycle to create a new vehicle that could travel 15 miles in an hour. It was greeted as a curious toy at the time and Copeland got nothing from it. But today it is acknowledged as one of the first motorcycles.

Visitors to Arizona’s Maricopa County Fair saw a surprising demonstration in 1884 — local inventor Lucius Copeland had added a steam engine to a bicycle to create a new vehicle that could travel 15 miles in an hour. It was greeted as a curious toy at the time and Copeland got nothing from it. But today it is acknowledged as one of the first motorcycles.

(Source: futilitycloset.com)

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