We covered many exotic and very strange bikes in our popular articles Magnificent Motorcycles, Part 1 and Part 2. Today we continue our extensive collection of fantastic motorcycle and bike-like machines - send us tips about other examples of extreme bike design, we will include them in the next part of this series.
This cool-looking solar-powered bike is made by the Spanish company SunRed: it uses a clamshell panel structure, which extends when the bike is parked, and stores up solar energy for future rides. The ride itself, though, is not very exhilarating: it can go 13 miles at the (pretty underwhelming) speed of 30 mph.
This bike is solar-powered AND fast (maximum speed of 75 mph), created by Marcelo da Luz from Toronto in 1999. Since that time, the "Power of One" team is using this vehicle in its goal to achieve the world's distance record for solar cars. One problem, though: this vehicle is so slick that it was repeatedly pulled over by Canadian and Alaskan police and even once mistaken for an U.F.O. - info:
And then, there was a truly bizarre 1880 invention: the Cynosphere dog-powered bicycle (for those who prefer to trust their dog more than the fickle solar power). See a lot more dog-power engines and ideas here:
The STi-ATV is admittedly the best improvement on Subaru Impreza that we've ever seen. Made in New Zealand by Ken Brough, this quad-bike is allegedly much safer than some of the V8-engined motorcycles, even though this "fire-breathing beastie" is not slacker: it packs turbocharged 230 horsepower engine and weighs only 530 kilogram - more info:
This also seems to be good tricycle concoction: a new MP3 line of scooters from famous Italian manufacturer Piaggio. They offer the full range of models (from 125c to Gilera Fuoco 500), starting at just $7200 and currently very popular among San Francisco hip crowds:
The following is perhaps one of the strangest vehicles we've seen, and it is apparently street-legal! This is "Kehler Quad", or the Kehler Quad Street-legal 4-wheeler Hayabusa, designed and built by Steve Kehler, the owner of TOCC (Tricked Out Custom Cycles) in Hatboro, PA - more info:
The Rapom V8 is the most powerful motorcycle in Britain, and it runs on pure alcohol. "Runs on pure alcohol?" What a great selling line for an uber-macho-cool machine like this one (packing 1,000 - 1,200 bhp)! We're sold. The Rapom engine is a massive 8.2 litre supercharged V8 monster truck powerhouse with as much power as a Bugatti Veyron... Bike creator Nick Argyle made sure that it is also street-legal:
Dodge Tomahawk... must be The Ultimate Crotch Rocket! Tomahawk is the Uber-Macho 2003 concept from Daimler Chrysler. Its monstrous 500-horsepower Viper V-10 engine propels this beast to a maximum speed of 656 km/h.
The man sitting on the bike, is the famous German cartoonist "Broesel". Apparently a total of 24 chainsaws will generate a lot of power... which is STILL not enough! We hear that the second model "New Dolmette" got even more power, with bigger chainsaw engines - to which we say, why not, why stop there?
Another original creation by Broesel - the "Red Porsche Killer", with four(!) original Horex-Engines in a row:
Volvo's Extreme Gravity Car got no engine, but plenty of delicious curves: this concept was designed for "The Extreme Gravity Competition", an annual downhill car race for charity. Charity does not begin to describe it... and yes, it won the competition; more info:
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