R-Bike, the shape shifting motorcycle

What will you do if you own a chopper and you want to go off-road too? How about buying something for the back woods and highway riding becomes uncomfortable? I think the only solution to your problem would be Erik Brinkman’s shape shifting motorcycle.

Erik Brinkman, an inventor and designer with IDS (Interactive Design Studios) in Victoria, British Columbia, thought about the problem and came up with the R-Bike, a bike able to shape shift to chopper, cruiser, tourer, enduro and deep woods too.

A complete re-think of motorcycle design. Mimics shapes of each bike style precisely. It is able to go almost anywhere you need or want to go. .... two lane twisties, horse trails or the beach. Go to the corner store, or ride 4 days in the saddle on the open road.

Whatever the ride or rider calls for it delivers; an Enduro bike one minute and a Cruiser the next. The R-Bike does not make trade-offs between the needs of hi-ways and horse-trails. It very accurately adjusts its center of gravity and overall geometry to differing riding conditions.

The key to the R-Bike is the frame which has a scissor action built in. The bike has a multi link suspension on both front and rear and is designed around a single cylinder engine. The seat, footpegs and handlebars all adjust as the frame shifts giving the rider the correct riding position for each style of bike. A nice feature is the ability for anyone to easily mount the bike with the seat in the lowest position and yet still have the ability of riding a high seat off road bike when the frame adjusts.

Erik Brinkman: „We are not based in Victoria. We are all over the world and based on the Web. It is hard to gather enough quality talents together in one place, so, thanks to the internet, we can spread all over the world and it still feel like we are in one place. I spend half my time in Victoria, although at this time of year, I’d rather be in Maui :>)

This is fully engineered and so is way beyond a design concept. That is what 9 years of work brings. We will be taking pre-orders hopefully by the end of this month.

We have one thing left and that is the variable valve timing I need for the Diesel version. Not a big deal. The patent on VVT has run out, so it is a matter of making it.

The only thing up in the air right now is a matter of how to structure the long term manufacturing. On the one hand we have had requests from bike builders for regional building, yet I worry about quality control in such a “Third Wave” decentralized approach. A central factory allows better control over quality. Quality is everything. Then there is the matter of whether we should build the military version in a special facility. We are in discussions on that matter.”

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Source: erikbrinkman.com

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  (1) posted on 08.15.2008


SPECIFICATIONS have finally been made public.

Production begins in mid-2009

GoTo: the REPORT section
in the left column of the WebSite.

  (6023) posted on 03.8.2008

I need to know more— What about Frame Flex? Wear on the front fork sliders, How does that rear hub work? What is your gearing system? What engine(s) are you using? Technical data, Please. Ynot.

  (1) posted on 02.14.2007

The most common question I get asked is about the need for ShapeShifting,
so ....
ShapeShifting ON-THE-FLY

We are going to spend 3 years or so playing with this technique list,
hooked to sensors and using A.I. software
to see where the comfort levels are in automating some of these.
.... with a cut-off option (as with the ant-lock and anti-spin).

Here is the list ....

1. DOWN a Steep Hill
As you start a steep slow descend, you stretch your bike out a bit
with feet stretched on pointing downhill
and the seat much lower and you tuck your body rearward.

2. UP a Steep Hill
As you ascend the hill,
you start fairly stretchy and slowly scrunch as you go up
to let the ShapeShift pull-it up
and you need more tight control as you do those last few feet of climb.

3. Tight Squeeze
When the trail goes tight between trees you need squeeze it in a bit,
then stretch it back on the other side.

4. Sharp Curves
You approach a sharp curve and need a little more belly clearance
and you need a shorter more nimble wheelbase,
so you scrunch into the curve and stretch back out of the curve
pulling itself out of the curve..

5. Creek Crossing
You approach the creek and so you scrunch high
to keep the nostrils tucked high and dry behind the side-pods
that also keep splashes of water deflected from the intake and the rider,
and the tailpipe tilts down to keep water from backing up into it.
Then you stretch to let the ShapeShifting help pull up onto the other bank.

6. High Speed Cruising
You are riding in your most comfortable position
and you want or need to go smoother faster.
You are only a 10-inch wide frame, so if you stretch it out,
you have a longer faster more stable arrow in the wind.

7. High Speed Braking
You are stretched out and cruising the open road
and suddenly a deer pops up onto the road and just stands there.
So you clamp the binders full-on
and the bike frame slowly shortens as the bike slows,
because a shorter wheelbase stops quicker with better control.
Stopping benefits from a wheelbase best suited
for hard braking at that momenary speed,

8. Lock-n-Stretch over a Log
You kiss up to a log and plant the rear brake and then stretch
and in so doing "crawl" the bike.
The bike comes with a 21 inch front wheel to help in this option.

9. Pulling out of a Hole
There you are stuck in the mudhole. Seen it a thousand times.
Now you don’t worry about pulling the bike out.
You can stretch to both spread out the weight
and use the stretch-crawl method of "inch-worming" your way out
using the frame’s ShapeShifting.

10. In a SideSlide
The bike might want to scrunch a bit more
to help make the SideSlide easier to control.

11. If the Road gets Rough
The bike might want to raise up a bit
and shorten its wheelbase for better control.

In the GALLERY, we just added several new videos and some hi-res pictures
so you can make a big print for on the wall.

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