A radical "motorcycle" able to pop out a pair of wings and take to the skies will make its first flight next year, according to reports. Concept of the Switchblade 'sky bike' by Samson Motorworks More Trotters Independent Traders than Judge Dredd movie Lawmaster, really. The "Switchblade sky bike" from US firm Samson …
Will it come in yellow?
A 200BHP 'busa engine?
Just as well it does have three wheels
If it WAS a bike, at well over half a ton, imagine trying to pick it up after dropping it on its side!
But they seem to have forgotten the entrance..
Already been done...and it failed
Sorry this is old hat stuff. Reliant Robins flying was done ages ago and covered on Top Gear.
"road grunge and rock dings"
I may have to change my my handle to old-fart-dog for this but they are two genres of guitar music that must have passed me by.
Perhaps because of the Moller-Skycar-red paintjob I'm a little sceptical about this, er, ever getting off the ground.
Donorcycles raining from the sky, just what we need.
Oh dear, flying motorcycles, Battlestar Galactica 1980 all over again, it was a bad idea then, what has changed in the meantime that makes it any better?
Waste of time
I can get airborne on my 1250 Bandit without the need for wings.
Anybody else think those wings look a little bit too small to be realistic?
Centre of Gravity
Where on earth (or in the sky) is the CoG of this thing? As far as I can see the centre of lift from the main wings is right at the back of the machine if it is as illustrated. I can't see how the tiny wings or main body could generate enough lift to make the difference, so that think looks destined for a nose-dive given that the pilot (at least) is a long way forwards.
Well, that's unless this is yet another half-baked artist impression owing more to form than function. Now we've never seen The Register feature those have we.
Galactica 1980..... *shudder*
Is Moller's power-plant division. I'm pleased to see this bike comes in "skycar red" too!
This will never work.
Remind me of the bastard son of the ones on TB1 & TB2.
PH because she has no fear of flying. :D
Looks like a variEze with oversize cockpit to accommodate the folded wings and ducted fan. Proportions are not so off actually. It may actually be able to fly. The drag from the cockpit will be much higher than on an Eze, but as the saying goes: "Pigs can fly, provided that they have been given a sufficient amount of thrust".
Flying motorcycle, but...
..if you stuck two of them together, you could have one of those Bespin cloud-car things. Does that count?
Been Here before
Moller, Skyvan, macro, Terrafugia.
Let's see a few hundred in everyday use before we get excited.
Well weighing in at 1400lb would certainly make it a car under european regs. Which would of course mean it would have to comply with all the various regulations for cars. Which would in itself probably add considerably to the weight. Which would probably keep it glued to the ground.
If US regulations are such that all you need is three wheels to qualify as a motorcycle I'm amazed there aren't a lot more three wheelers over there.
RE: Flying Motorcycles?
What about Megaforce? Impressionable minds we were in the early 80's... :)
Grenade, because that movie had BOOM.
From their website: "...room for golf clubs,"
Also, if it's due to fly in a year (haha) why don't we have a real picture??
Haven't we seen this before?
I think The Reg can claim prior art on this one...
Wait, Not A Kubuntu Release?
I guess "Reliant Robin" has a while to go yet.
we'll see a modern version of "only fools and horses"
come on ladies get 'em while they're hot......
luvly Iphone 5G, complete in pink with lightweight tracking unit so you can always locate your 'ole man, or perhaps this lightweight netbook, optomised for online shopping, complete with list of fake credit cards numbers........
Anyone for air rage
Jeez it's hard enough for some tubes to not bang into each other in two dimensions add a third a watch out.
Engine + Avionics for $20K?
They're allowing $20K for the engine and avionics! That's a bit optimistic. It wouldn't even cover the 1000hr overhaul for a standard Lycoming aero-engine. Last year someone at our flying club dinged the prop of a Cherokee in a heavy landing. The engine repairs alone came to $28K.
(Black helicopter because their engines are even more expensive!)
In road mode...
...60mpg (estimated) is reasonable enough. I guess that is inferior Yankee gallon, which makes it 72-ish mpg or about 3.9 l/100km in real money.
Anyways, rip the wings off, lose the fan, the rest of the flight gubbins and that will improve. Probably be light enough to get classed as a motorcycle too. Bit like a C1 for two people.
Hmm...thought....clueless Volvo and BMW driving retards on "two" wheels....*shudder*
... and the next thing would be Volvo-shaped ones flying around Golders Green with the same level of driver competence as the ordinary road vehicles....
Serious Darwin Award contenders at the best of times.
You Plonker! Paint the Plastic Pig yellow again!
(I for one welcome our new Trotter Overlords)
The fuel efficiency will drop...
...with all the fat geeks flying them.
Mines the one with the pie in the pocket
@ In road mode
I agree. Lose the aircraft bits & I'd buy one for commuting purposes.
Wheres my goddamn antigrav-bike!.
in kit form?
So these numpties are going to be trying to build these things themselves, and THEN killing themselves...
Sounds like sneaky genocide to me!
The drop in MPG from 60 to 22 doesn't sound like much of a problem. A 60 mile journey by road might only take 22 miles once you're airborne - so either way you'd still only use 1 gallon.
In fact, given the wayward state of some roads, a 60-mile ground journey could easily turn into a 10-mile journey - even better!
Remember the old canard about the CG not needing to be over the wings.
Not gonna happen.
Lets just think about this for a second.
We have something called border controls. You need passports and suchlike to travel from one country to another. So lets say for example Mr Criminal has just robbed a bank nearby dover. All he has to do is find a small stretch of road and take off and pop over to france. No immigration, no security checks, no passport.
Now I know none of these so called flying cars are gonna be taking us from the uk to the usa or something like that. But do you really think governments are just gonna let people fly wherever they want whenever they want ? I don't think so. It's just too risky.