There’s a unique story behind every chopper project in general, but we tend to like the one behind the Antarctic Snow Chopper in particularly because it evokes energy, innovation and a lot of work. Built by Bob Sawicki and Toby Weisser, who work in Antarctica maintaining snowmobiles for the U.S. logistics hub and are very passionate about mechanical and fabricating work, this chopper is actually put together from the junk and discards found at the station. For instance, the engine and track are from a totaled 1981 Ski Doo, it has two fire extinguishers as fuel and compressed air tanks and it also features bent pipe and a crowbar as must-have chassis parts.
Because the two builders had everything there to work with, they only needed to invest as little as $10 in parts and 120 work hours to complete the amazing chopper and take it for a test ride. Having done that, they list a top speed of 30 to 35 mph (on the snow).
The Antarctic Snow Chopper is so eye-catching and interesting that it made it in the February 2010 issue of Popular Science and it truly deserves it.
While winter gets most of our bikes in the garages, we’re happy to see that some people have the will and power to adapt to almost all kinds of riding conditions. In this case, it all resumes to fitting snow tracks and skis to an absolutely gorgeous chopper, but it is all worth it as long as the machine now qualifies for a different kind of riding fun and we truly, madly, deeply believe it does. How about you?
Although it looks like a slightly heavier downhill bicycle, Hirsch Design’s Comoto will probably be the world’s lightest production motorcycle later this year when it will be officially launched.
A unique idea for an electric motorcycle, the 2010 Comoto weighs an impressive 53 kg (116.8 lbs), relies on a 72V 20ah lithium ion phosphate battery to keep it lively and even features 6061-T6 alloy aircraft aluminum sheet metal as well as other high intensity components, making it not only very light, but also thrust-worthy to ride.
A world record or not, the Comoto will definitely see its way on the market as a green short-distance commuting motorcycle. Nice!
This eye-catching concept bike called the Ducati 599 Mono is the latest creation of Dan Anderson, the same man behind the Voltra electric concept that blinked an eye to the motorcycle press last year.
While its creator doesn’t have bad references at all, we can’t say we’re too ashamed of the way this thing looks…perfect, that is. You can spend hours trying to find something wrong with the aggressive design, which remains faithful to the original Ducati style, but once you start getting into details, something just doesn’t fit. More precisely, the 352lbs (dry) Ducati 599 Mono concept is powered by one half of a Ducati Evoluzione 1198 engine, meaning a 599cc single-cylinder thumper.
So why would anyone want to do that? My guess is that the designer thought at sacrificing horsepower over torque so that his concept would attract attention for eventually being capable to offer supermoto-like engine performance despite the Italian supersport lines. How does this combination sound to you?
It may seem like we’ve uploaded the wrong pictures for this post, but we’ve checked it twice and this is what CGI designer Miguel Cotto imagines when thinking at the “original Harley look” 10 years from now. This sportsbike featuring hubless wheels, apparently an air-cooled engine and plenty other nonsense to think at when saying Harley-Davidson, qualifies as 2010’s most implausible concept bike.
Simply take a look at what the Milwaukee-based company was producing 10 years ago and you won’t be that far off if thinking they’ll stick to that in the future as well.
Because the world that we live in spins around money, we have serious doubts that any vehicle prototype powered by an engine that runs on AIR will ever see the next stage (at least not as long as there’s still oil around and Bin Ladens to chase), but we do find Edwin Conan’s Green Speed motorcycle quite fascinating precisely because, as real as it might look and be (note that this is not just a concept, but an actual prototype), we know that we won’t get the change to see such thing on the streets.
While the bike was designed by Edwin together with a team of student designers and their teacher, the air-powered rotary engine was invented by Melbourne engineer Angelo Di Pietro. They worked together to come up with this air-powered motorcycle prototype that originally started live as a Suzuki GP100 back in the 1970s and even managed to give it a nice racy look to back up the innovations that stand at its base. We have attached the official details after the jump, so check this article out for more.
Inventor of the production line Henry Ford would have been jealous on former Bimota chief engineer Ascanio Rodorigo if the timing would have been better. This last has designed and created a unique motorcycle called Vyrus – an impressive achievement, no doubt about it – from (attention!) precisely 750 parts. In the video attached after the brake, you can watch the Italian engineer talk about the “craftsman’s studio” in which the Vyrus comes to life in less than three minutes. Don’t believe our word! It’s all in the video.
As we have seen in various cases, motorcycle riders are likely to end up in jail with a single too enthusiastic twist of the throttle, but the guy in this video has found an easier way for him to achieve that exact purpose by making his very own motorcycle rocket launchers and fitting them to his Honda CBR600RR motorcycle. As you can suppose, the things flew all over the place, but at least we get the promise of much more accurate shooting for the next videos. Meanwhile, check this one out after the break.
Curious to see “what a big tree - which is four or five meters long - with a speed of more than one hundred km per hour looks like,” Chinese artist Shi Jinsong has created what he calls the tree motorbikes, meaning that his work starts at the point where dead nature hugs a motorcycle/scooter chassis for art’s sake.
Displayed at the ‘China - Contemporary Revival’ exhibit taking place in Milan, Italy until February 7, 2010 Shi Jinsong’s work is definitely something else among the multitude of paintings and sculptures also displayed there.
Although he does mention to have built these with working motorcycle parts, the Chinese artist does not say if they’re actually made to be ridden or not. We hope they are because that would make their creator happy and we’ll be looking for some action pics if we hear they do.
Although it looks like a veritable hot rod, the Brimstone Quadracycle is claimed to be the world’s first hot rod quad simply because it has no roof and only the handlebar and seat to position it as something in between a car and anyone’s idea of a trike, but we would have to say that it redefines the concept of quad if we have to call it that way.
The company building it is called Brimstone Cycles and it is based in Bowling Green, Ohio. CEO Joe Skonecki says their aluminum Dart block engines displace from 427 to 455 cubic inches and produce from 300 to 750 horsepower. Using a GM 700R4 4speed Transmission and a Ford rear end, the thing confirms our suspicions about having plenty to do with cars. Future owners are offered the possibility to choose between different materials such as carbon fiber, Kevlar or aluminum for the hood and fenders.
Built entirely from performance parts made in the USA, the Brimstone Quadracycle can go from 0 to 60mph in 2.8 seconds and from 0 to 120mph in 6 seconds while still getting 15 to 30 miles per gallon, meaning that it is our favorite thing to get a ticket on.