Ray Clift was born in August 1912 in Bellingham, Washington. Like many youths of the time, Ray had to create his own toys and entertainment. As an adult, Ray took the hands-on skills he learned during those early years and became skilled in photography, mechanical engineering and drafting. In 1947 Ray created his steam motorcycle out of various unused bits around his home. It was his only venture into steam power.
>The photo above shows the two-cylinder steam power plant prior to the installation of the boiler. It was later determined by Ray that his homemade tube boiler was too small and only allowed the bike to travel a very short distance. In 1949 Ray was thought to have sold or given the motorcycle away sometime before his move to Seattle. Many years after Ray’s move, there were rumors of his steam motorcycle seen lying abandoned and rusting in a field.
Via Make magazine