FrankenBike

  • Post by  Stephen Tullius Oct 18, 2012

FrankenBike, It’s Alive!

Today on Myths, Legends and Tales from the road, we look take a look at a few very custom creations that were brought to life from the dreams of men.  Some of these bikes are amazing, some are scary and some sexy.  Join us as we scour the web to find the most amazing, beautiful, scary, incredible, awesome, ingenious, and creative custom bikes from around the world, today in Myths, Legends and Tales from the road.

# 6 - The Boxx Electric Motorcycle.
It’s more of a scooter than a motorcycle as it’s top speed is 35 mph, but it is creative.  The incredible square design offers storage options that can’t be matched.  It comes equipped with a built in kickstand and can take you 40 miles on a single charge. While we haven’t traded in our bikes in for one, we might opt for the Boxx over a Segway at some point.
ORDER HERE: BoxxCorp


# 5 - AeroBike,
the enclosed Motorcycle.  While some of us love the wind on our face and the sky all around us, some might prefer a completely enclosed and super aerodynamic motorcycle.  Perhaps it’s the possibility for increased speeds, unfortunately this sleek bike is still only in the early testing phase and doesn’t offer them quite yet.  In any case, this is another bike that lacks nothing for creativity and ingenuity.  
READ MORE: TheKneeSlider.com, & AeroBike Enclosed Motorcycle



# 4 - SdKfz 2,
better known as the Kleines Kettenkraftrad HK 101 or Kettenkrad for short (Ketten = tracks, krad = military abbreviation of the German word Kraftrad, the administrative German term for motorcycle), started its life as a light tractor for airborne troops. The vehicle was designed to be delivered by Junkers Ju 52 aircraft, though not by parachute. The vehicle had the advantage of being the only gun tractor small enough to fit inside the hold of the Ju 52.
Only two significant sub-variations of the Kettenkrad were constructed, and production of the vehicle was stopped in 1944, at which time 8,345 had been constructed. After the war the production at NSU went on until 1949 for agricultural use. Around 550 Kettenkrads were built postwar until 1948 (Some sources say 1949).


# 3 - The Human Motorbike,

better known as a pile of bodies painted and photographed to look like popular bikes.  A team of yoga enthusiasts, acrobats, contortionists, and gymnasts got together, stacked themselves in such a way that they appeared to be a motorcycle and then were painted to bring the motorcycle to life.  

According to one website the photo shoot, body painting and acts of flexibility took place for up to 18 hours a day for a week to get the shots just right.  What ever your thoughts on these people or these pictures, you have to admit that it is nothing short of a FrankenBike.
READ MORE: ILoveBodyArt.com, CyrilHuzeBlog.com, & FStoppers.com


# 2 - The Spherical Drive System. 

 This Motorcycle might have traveled here from the future.  It replaced the wheels with large rubber coated balls which it uses to drive.  While it’s only in the design phase it is still an ingenious idea which may shape the future of an industry.  

It’s hard not to be impressed by their ingenuity and creative design.  We kicked it around the office and found that all of us would love to test this bike around town and maybe on long trips if it turned out to be comfortable to ride.  
Hear that, Spherical Drive Systems team? LRS would love to offer our services as testers, feel free to hit us up anytime.
READ MORE: Spherical Drive Systems, TheKneeSlider.com, & Core77.com



# 1 - AreoFex Hovercraft.  
This motorcycle like the speeder bikes from Star Wars and is capable of speeds equal to those of helicopters.  Human pilots have not yet tested at these speeds but the advantages of these bikes are clear.  They can maneuver in tight terrain and travel through environments that no other craft can follow.  The military is currently testing unmanned models in Afghanistan, however the craft may still be made available to the public at a later date.
AreoFex has redesigned controls which sense a riders motion and automatically adjust to a pilots natural motion and they do all of this without very complex software.  The intuitive design may even allow civilians to ride without having to take pilot training courses.  These are definitely on our list of FrankenBikes we’re excited to try.


READ MORE:
DesignBoom.com, BusinessInsider.com & TheKneeSlider.com