When clicking through pictures on the internet, I happened upon an intriguing picture of what looked like a cross between a motorcycle and a steam-powered locomotive. I must admit, at first, I thought it was another one of the many intricately designed barbeques with some features of a motorcycle.
After doing some research I found that this was a functional “motorcycle” (I put the word motorcycle in quotation marks because a lot of people still debate the definition of a motorcycle). Although basically it is as slow as you can go and still keep your balance at 5 mph, it really does run, and it runs on steam-power.
In 2011, Colby Higgins created the design digitally and the concept bike was called the “Train Wreck”. In 2014, after eight months of construction, Rene van Tuil of the Dutch company Revatu Customs unveiled the “Black Pearl” at the Bigtwin Bike Show in Rosmalen, Holland in 2014. Yes, the bike was named after the Captain Jack Sparrow’s ship in the Pirates of the Caribbean.
There are a lot of cool details that will excite any steampunk fan. Visually and mechanically similar to an old locomotive, there is a crankshaft turns the back wheel, drum brake, steam-powered horn, bell, gauges, and classic colors of a vintage steam locomotive.
There are not a lot of specs available, but there are a number of cool pictures and even a video of how the steam-powered “Black Pearl” bike runs.