Hover Bikes Are Real, Let You Eat Your Pie in the Sky
By Kevin Lee
This is a hover bike. No, I don’t mean some scale model of one, I mean a full-scale one that its Australian creator, Chris Malloy, says can fly up to 10,000 feet. It looks like something straight out of G.I. Joe or another Saturday morning cartoon. But that might be because it is literally the seat and the 1,170cc 4-stroke boxer engine of a BMW motorcycle welded to two massive 80kW rotor blades.
Supposedly this 595-pound wonder airframe, made of carbon fiber reinforced by Kevlar and a foam core, can deliver 650-pounds of thrust. With the bike throttle turned all the way up, the can reach 92 mph and go for 100 miles. The two rotors, custom-made using Tasmanian Oak and a carbon-fiber frame, use counter rotation to prevent the hover bike from simply rotating in the air.
As for testing, Malloy has not put the hover bike to real-life, in the sky testing yet. But the real tests will be coming in the next few weeks with aspirations to bring the vehicle to limited production. Malloy hopes to pick up some investors so a small production line can start in the next years and full production after 2 years. Starting price is $40,000.