When Sylvester Howard Roper attached a small steam engine to an cranky iron-frame bicycle near Boston in 1867, one question burned in his mind; How fast will it go? Guillame Perreaux probably asked himself the same thing in Paris that same year, when he also attached a steamer to one of Pierre Michaux’s pedal-velocipedes. However, in the end it was Sylvester H. Roper who was the first motorcycling speed devil.
Below we are showcasing some historical photos of other speed devils, racing along French tracks. Start your race and explore thousands of motorcycle related images through Europeana