This video, produced by Icon Motorsports was uploaded to You Tube Thursday January 12th. By Monday January 16th, it has already been viewed over 4 million times! It’s universal appeal for people who love fast machines is obvious, but this is almost unbelievable.
Cartoons in the 1960′s and 70′s promised us flying cars and dutiful robotic (if somewhat smartass) servants. At least that’s how I remember the Jetsons. By now half of us would be living deep in the oceans, (remember the cartoon Sea Lab) and all my friends thought it would be cool to hang with Fat Albert in the ghetto.
Fast forward to the 21st century and it’s obvious the ghetto wasn’t all that cool, Sea Lab lasted about 13 weeks and we’re still decades away from affordable consumer “flying” cars.
Which is why I’m a little bummed over this new “electric motorcycle” from Lit Motors.
Right now the C-1, built in San Francisco is a just a “prototype.” But the company is taking $250 deposits on the god ugly machine that it says will retail sometime in 2013-2014 around $24K and if demand is strong enough, the price will drop to around $16K.
Different versions of the C-1 will be available for different markets. The model aimed at First World countries will have an 8-10 kilowatt-hour battery pack, while a model intended for developing nations will be rated at about 4-6 kWh. The vehicle will incorporate electric hub motors in both wheels, at least one of those motors being a high-performance Remy HVH unit. The top speed should be at least 120 mph (193 km/h), with driving range for the higher-end model expected to sit at around 150 to 220 miles (241 to 354 km) per charge, depending on the exact size of the battery.
One way this motorcycle imposter can reach those speeds with such high mileage estimates is by utilizing something called KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) technology. This thing stays upright with self-balancing Thrustcycle SRT, and (for lack of a better description) recycles kinetic power that would otherwise be lost in the braking process to assist in powering the flywheels. Along with providing stability, those wheels will also deliver power back to the drivetrain when the vehicle is accelerating, giving the battery pack a break. ( more after the poll)
How the self balancing mechanism would work is shown in this video. Part of me wants to be excited about this technology, and another part (a much larger part) is screaming, “don’t take my wobbly, easy to fall over, dangerous as hell but more fun than sex, motorcycle away from me. Call me skeptical, but if this succeeds, the day will come when the insurance industry and the medical industry (read lobby) will figure out a way to make motorcycles (as exist today) illegal to operate on the road. (more photos after the video)
As impressive as this is, I’m pretty sure the Ride Like A Pro guys could do this course on a full Harley dresser, and without burning any rubber! But, I have to admit, the rolling burnout at the end was pretty neat.
It never fails. There’s always a crowd around when you drop your motorcycle, and some idiot in the crowd will have a cellphone out and just happen to be taping you for a YouTube moment.
If you don’t believe it, just ask JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford who fell off the Harley-Davidson that he was riding on the stage during the final song during a September concert in Brasilia, Brazil.
It appears from the dozens of videos posted on YouTube that Halford forgot to put the kickstand down and the Harley, which isn’t equipped with an automatic idiot proof kick stand promptly fell over.
Halford wasn’t injured, or didn’t appear to be. He was helped up by band mates and crew who righted the still running motorcycle, to which the klutzy rocker got back on and raised his arms defiantly to the gods of gravity with his fans screaming approval at the gesture.
Hardcore Judas Priest fans were hardly shocked at this latest motorcycle mishap as Haliford broke his nose and was knocked unconscious in 1990 when he struck a misplaced prop while riding in on a different Harley-Davidson during his final performance with the band in 1990. (He rejoined the band in 2003) When asked about his creative fascination with biker culture during an interview with Liana Dawes of Hellbound, Halford commented, “The whole association with motorcycles and Judas Priest goes back to ‘Hell Bent for Leather’ — whenever that song was written… When we were touring in England, we thought that it would be cool if we could bring the bike on stage when we did the song, as it seemed like the right thing to do. So when we would go to a city we would ask one of our crew to see if there were any motorcycle guys or girls that had parked their bikes and could we use their bikes and give them a couple of T-shirts, or buy them a drink and that type of thing.”
Judas Priest is currently headlining their farewell “Epitaph” tour, which is set to hit the U.S. beginning Oct. 12 in San Antonio, Texas. Maybe it’s time for Halford, who recently turned 60, to join the ranks of old geezers who add a wheel to their ride. Just saying.
Jim Craig of Glen Ellyn, Illinois, built this Harley-Davidson Road King replica cardboard boat in his garage to compete in the Glen Ellyn Cardboard Boat Regatta July 4. The 21-foot-long boat, constructed entirely of cardboard, stands 9-feet tall, weighs about 200 pounds (1,500 pounds with eight-man crew), took over 200 hours to build, and contains about 12 gallons of wood glue. The project was a resounding success, as Jim and crew won the Fastest Time and Best in Show awards at the Glen Ellyn Cardboard Boat Regatta.
“I named our boat ‘Made in USA’ since Harley-Davidson is a great American brand,” Jim said. “The boat was a big hit, a recognizable motorcycle to many of the 4,000 people who came to the regatta.”