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Every once in a while something comes along so crazy, so unearthly cool, we have to shout it from the rooftops. Today just happens to be that once in a while, so feast your eyes on the BMW boxer engine powered Hoverbike. Framed around an 1,170cc 4-stroke BMW boxer engine that powers the twin rotors, the Hoverbike was the brainchild of Australian inventor, Chris Malloy. Malloy claims that the Hoverbike’s thrust to weight ratio should enable it to elevate to 10,000 feet and reach a speed of 173 mph (this begs the need for a good parachute and industrial strength body armor). Yowza. The rest of the Hoverbike is a Kevlar reinforced carbon fiber and foam core frame and exotic Tasmanian oak propellers. All controls are handlebar mounted, including speed, pitch, turning, vertical and horizontal travel. Using most of his hard earned funds to build this atomic salad shooter, Mr. Malloy is looking for investors and fluid dynamics engineers to bring his dream to production. In the meantime, we’ll be holding out hope for a test drive flight.



http://gearpatrol.com/blog/2011/06/09/bmw-powered-twin-rotorhoverbike/
 

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He's sure not going to get 10,000 feet with it tied down like that.
 

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Look Ma, no tires.:lol: Pretty cool. I can see it now...going down the highway (3ft off ground) @ 170mph when you are picked up on police radar. No climb to 10k ft and disappear.
 

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Every once in a while something comes along so crazy, so unearthly cool, we have to shout it from the rooftops. Today just happens to be that once in a while, so feast your eyes on the BMW boxer engine powered Hoverbike. Framed around an 1,170cc 4-stroke BMW boxer engine that powers the twin rotors, the Hoverbike was the brainchild of Australian inventor, Chris Malloy. Malloy claims that the Hoverbike’s thrust to weight ratio should enable it to elevate to 10,000 feet and reach a speed of 173 mph (this begs the need for a good parachute and industrial strength body armor). Yowza. The rest of the Hoverbike is a Kevlar reinforced carbon fiber and foam core frame and exotic Tasmanian oak propellers. All controls are handlebar mounted, including speed, pitch, turning, vertical and horizontal travel. Using most of his hard earned funds to build this atomic salad shooter, Mr. Malloy is looking for investors and fluid dynamics engineers to bring his dream to production. In the meantime, we’ll be holding out hope for a test drive flight.
http://gearpatrol.com/blog/2011/06/09/bmw-powered-twin-rotorhoverbike/


I volunteer to be the test pilot/rider! Wife says get more insurance first!


 

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It will take a computer controlled stabilization system like the 117 or the B2 stealth planes use, or a micro version like the Segway uses to keep it stable. I still would be surprised if it would be able to leave ground effect.
 

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GAY!

Matt(BCNV) :popcorn:
 

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So what happens when you are 10,000 ft up and the engine quits?? Don't see any wings or even an big enough rotor so that thing is going to drop like a rock. A parachute might be a REAL good idea.

On one site he lists hoped for price of $40,000. Yeah, right.....

Since that thing is capable of flight, it will need to be FAA certified. Even in the EXPERIMENTAL class, where the FAA is more tolerant, I doubt they will sign off on this.

Looks like a bike version of the Moller Sky-Car, that has been in development for over 40 years. And over $40M in investors money has gone through his hands with no free-flying anything to show for it.

Raising the amount of needed development capital, especially in this economy, with the Moller history out there, seems highly unlikely. Nobody has that kind of money, except maybe Al Gore. He could sell some of his green stocks.
 

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Yeah, can't you just see the general civilian population with this.
I don't believe the Government will EVER let ordinary Joe use ANY type of flying ''car'', ''cycle'' or anything else that goes airborne,for general transportation. We cannot even use 2 and 4 wheelers in a responsible manner! JMO Joel
 

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We can fly ultra lights without FAA approval or a pilots licence, granted not in a real populated area though.:shrug:
 

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The saddle bags don’t match the trunk.
What the heck were they thinking?:shrug:
 

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"(BMW powered)"



No way !!!!


 

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I can see it 100 years from now when they sell enough of them to get their own forum going, all the threads about the DEATH WOBBLE/TRAXXION fixes everything comments, oh and crush washers too.:eek:4:
 

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Roller skates for landing gear. :shrug:
 
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