Mad scientists and crazy inventors, you may call them mad but it is thanks to these folks that we today have the comfort of flight or microwave ovens or video calling. However, not not all attempts to creating something new end up in a product that would help people around the world. Some are just plain darn impractical or too extreme. Motorcycle manufacturers attempt to make their bikes faster or quicker at corners, but then there is a breed of motorcycling enthusiasts which finds that the more outrageous a bike, the better. Following are some of the wacky motorcycles we found on the Internet:
Honda CBX: For a split second, it is a regular Honda but then your eyes focus on the engine and your pupils are then fully dilated. The one's equipped a twin cam straight six with the crank in the middle, this Honda was pretty much Hayabusa of the 1970s. For a little perspective, cars like Aston Martin DB5, Toyota Supra come with a straight six. (Image: Flickr/Iain Farrell)
Night Shadow: A very appropriate contender on this list, the Night Shadow built by Massow Concept Cycles is as outrageous as it gets. The mechanicals of it were primarily sourced from eBay, 1997 Buell S3 Thunderbolt outfitted with a Sportster-based V-Twin 1200cc engine. A sculptor was employed to make a mold and fabricate a glass-fibre fairing to curvaceously cover the mechanical side of matters. The Jaguar's frowing head serves as the headlamp and the three-year project spells out at every inch, "All eyes on me!" (Image: Massow Concept Cycles)
Roadog: This wild motorcycle was built by a man who had wild in his name, Wild Bill Gelbke, explains a lot dun' it! The Roadog, at 17 feet long and weighing over 1360 kg, is the largest motorcycle ever built. What is more astonishing than Wild building this motorcycle is that he actually managed to sell a handful of them to some evidently insane customers. (Image: photobucket/UncleErnie)
Rokon Trail-Breaker: While this list mostly comprises of two-wheelers with extreme lack of practicality, this one is an exception, the Rokon Trial-Breaker. First up, it is two-wheel-drive and makes torque that that enables it to tow about 907 kg. The wheels are hollow and can be used to carry additional 9.5 litres or fuel or water. We never hope to see one of these being used by a man doing a grocery run to a nearby shop, but these have been used by US armed forces and forest service and alike. (Image: Rokon)
Schilovski Gyrocar: Yes, it is called a car but it has two wheels and hence it makes it on this list. Capable of carrying six people, the Schilovski Gyrocar travelled on two wheels balancing on gyro. This one is actually quite cool - imagine men designed and developed a two-wheeled gyroscopically-stabilised car back in 1912, when even four-wheelers hadn't caught on. (Image: The Museum of RetroTechnology)
Whitelock Tinker Toy: A toy, now that's a scary toy!. Whitelock Tinker Toy is a motorcycle with a 48-cylinder 4.2-litre engine, built by Simon Whitelock. This monster engine was achieved by using 16 Kawasaki KH250 3-cylinder engines arranged in six banks of eight. It also holds a Guinness World Record for obvious reasons. (Image: speakoroff.livejournal)
BPG Uno: When I first laid eyes on this, I thought it was a photoshop. Seriously! A unicycle mixed with a sports bike, who thinks of such madcap ideas. Not only is this real, but also went into production once. Invented and developed by Ben Gulak, the Uno using similar technology as the Segway, i.e. you use your body weight to make the vehicle move. For more stability at higher speeds, the dicycle’s wheels splay apart. (Image: The Petrol Stop)
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