Usually at the news section we write about the latest motorcycle gadgets, innovations and pretty much last hour information, but sometimes it is well worth making an incursion into the past and see what riders would have spend their time on.
A great example is the steam powered motorcycle built by Roy Cliff. Let’s see what Annette, Roy’s wife has to say about the builder of the bike and the bike itself:
“Ray Clift was born in August, 1912, in Bellingham, WA, where he spent most of his growing up years and young adulthood. Ray was an inventive fellow, as were many of his contemporaries, as kids back then didn’t have many toys. They made their toys! Ray’s working years were spent in photography, machine shop, mechanical engineering and drafting.
Ray and I were married in September, 1973, so I was not an eye witness to his early endeavors. All I have are some photos he kept, his notations, and memories of things he mentioned to me. I believe that the motorcycle was Ray’s only invention using steam power. I recall him saying that the motorcycle wouldn’t go very far.
Ray must have sold or given the motorcycle to someone, probably before he moved to Seattle, WA, about 1949. I remember that an old friend of his told him that he had seen what he thought was the motorcycle, lying abandoned and rusting in a field.”