From Steampunk Holmes website…
The Widowmak’r uses a two cylinder (or compound) engine for quick acceleration and power and a steam turbine as a second stage for sustained speed and long distances. Like most steam powered vehicles and devices, it is powered by Moriarty H202 (Hydrogen Peroxide) steam generators which use a catalyst to cause the H202 to boil rather than a boiler to produce power. The formula of the catalyst is a secret of Moriarty Chemical, which is the exclusive producer and seller of the material.
The Widowmak’r was designed and built by Sherlock Holmes; its engines come from military stock vehicles produced for the British military by Moriarty Motors. The Widowmak’r is most probably the fastest land vehicle of its time.
The Gatling gun, also military stock produced by The Gatling Co., fires 300 rounds per minute. Instead of being driven by a hand crank, as was common, the eight barrels turn and fire using the kick-back for the previous round (aka Recoil-Operated). The ammunition is a smaller caliber .303 Lee-Metford bullet of lead encased (jacketed) in copper to improve accuracy (lead tends to warp its shape when fired, distorting accuracy).
Solifague Design, is Sherlock Holmes wicked steampunk ride and it can be yours to own. Working in partnership with Putsch Racing of Dublin, Ohio they will be offering this incredible chopper for sale in 2012. The Widowmak’r motorcycle will be beautiful, powerful, and street legal.
From Putsch Racing…
Having gained International success with the exposure of the Turbine Bat Car, and becoming one of the premier fantasy builders, Putsch Racing is proud to anounce we have been selected to build this signature vehicle. Based on the character Steampunk Holmes that was developed by author Richard Monson-Haefel. Holmes’ bike is the epitome of the steampunk movement in design. The bike was designed by Mikky Solifague of Solifague Designs in Moscow, Russia. The lines, materials, and aestetic approach are far outside of those of the standard TV built, ‘Chopper’ arena for custom bikes, and is a perfect match for Putsch Racing. This should prove to be a great collaboration.
Putsch Racing will be building these on an order only basis, and plans to have them legal for the US roads. See more info regarding the character, author, and designer at http://theclevermonkey.blogspot.com/