What the heck is steampunk? According to Wikipedia, steampunk is a form of fantasy fiction set in the 19th century featuring imaginary steam-powered gizmos and technology.
A steam-powered motorcycle is the type of vehicle that would fit perfectly in the topsy-turvy world of steampunk, but artist Tom Sepe has actually built a real one…sort of…called the Whirlygig Emoto.
The Steampunk Workshop features an interview with Sepe, who built an electric-steam hybrid motorcycle. The boiler part of the motorcycle is just for show, with a propane heating water to give off a plume of steam from the back the bike. The real power that makes the bike go comes from batteries.
Here’s video of the steampunk bike going for a ride. It makes a loud whistling noise, like a teapot.
You can see more of the Whirlygig Emoto on Tom Sepe’s Flickr site.