Monday, June 11, 2007

Sky Cycle: Another flying motorcycle...

Traffic jams and careless bus drivers? What's that?

A flying motorcycle that you can actually register for road (and air…!) use? An emphatic yes, if Larry Neal has anything to say about it. Larry owns The Butterfly LLC, which sells gyrocopter-bikes, which anyone can buy, ride and yes, even fly.

Larry’s ‘Sky Cycles’ feature a special foldable rotor system, rear wheel suspension that’s optimized for soft landings, and a transmission that can be switched between driving the rear rotor, for when you want to fly, and driving the rear wheels, for when you just want to ride.

Stock engine is a 100bhp Rotax unit, but you can upgrade to a 115bhp, turbocharged engine for a bit more...

So just how practical is the Sky Cycle? Says Larry, ‘There’s nothing else like it. A gyroplane that can fly at better than freeway speeds, land in 20 feet, be driven home as a motorcycle, and fit in your garage!’ The Sky Cycle takes about 10 – 12 hours of training time before you’d be comfortable riding/flying it. The machine is capable of hitting a top speed of 90km/h on the road, 160km/h in the air, and in the US at least, can be registered for road use.

The Sky Cycle vs the Hayabusa? Should be interesting!

Prices start at US$37,200 for the stock version, which uses a Rotax 912ULS, four-stroke, 100 horsepower aircraft engine. For more money, you can upgrade to bigger, more powerful engines and two-seater variants. More details on the Company’s website here.

And here's a video of the Sky Cycle in action

Also see:
Pal V-One: The bike that'll soon fly...
Across the US on mopeds!
Wheelsurf: On one wheel and a prayer
50 must-read survival tips for motorcyclists
Air-powered engines for motorcycles in the near future?
Superbikes vs police helicopters! Madness!

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