Two models are known to have been constructed in 1867 – the French Michaux-Perreaux steam velocipede and the American Roper steam velocipede, though Sylvester Roper’s machine is less likely to have been the first.
Both models predate Daimler’s internal combustion engine-powered Reitwagen by eighteen years.
The 1867 Michaux-Perraux steam velocipède. Note the crude suspension! (LUCC)
Its sluggish 9mph top speed (later 19mph) would have ensured a fairly safe first crash, which – due to the nature of nineteenth-century roads – could only have happened on dirt or stone (also making the machine the first trail bike, though equally also the first of any type of bike).
The Dominion of Canada was founded long before the Trans-Canada Adventure Trail.
The first trial of speed probably coincided with two motorcyclists meeting one another.