When you talk about French cyclist Francois Gissy, you well mention that he isn’t your average pedaling sportsman. In May 2013 he raised eyebrows with the hydrogen peroxide rocket-powered world speed record of 163 mph. (For the incredibly curious, the fuel mixture is made from a concentrated liquid hydrogen peroxide and silver that decomposes into heat, steam and oxygen that combusts, providing a thrust as the steam is forced through the rocket nozzle.) Now, he has taken this further, propelling himself to a speed of 177.13 mph in just 6.7 seconds. He managed the feet on an airfield in Interlaken, Switzerland. I wonder how quickly he would run out of the 790-meter track there. The track, being rough, caused vibrations and shocks during the ride in addition to some opposing winds that made balancing difficult. Yet, the valiantly determined record breaker went on to better himself all over again.
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With everything around going green and energy-efficient, it was only a matter of time until smoke-spitting dirt bikes got a green make-over too. The U.S. Special Operation Forces recently commissioned the build of the Zero MMX, the first all-electric bike for the defense forces. Designed for combat, this bike is stealthy, thanks to its electric engine that’s silent as a cat. Also, the bike puts out a minimal heat signature, helping it stay undetected. Sporting modular and swappable battery packs, this bike hooks on to a CHAdeMO connector for quick charging and juices up within an hour.
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Some people cannot be killed all that easily. Even Mother Nature bows down in contrition to such folk who are often well equipped rather than lucky. For such is the Ural Yamal Limited Edition motorbike. A notice on the handy-dandy oar reads, ‘In case of emergency: If you are reading this then you have wandered out too far, and the ice didn’t hold – we’re very sorry. In an effort to make it back alive.’ It goes on to offer survival tips such as ‘Abandon all hope – it will help you focus’, ‘Detach sidecar, jump in, and then paddle like heck’, ‘Rescue your dog – they’re better at finding their way home than you are’ and
‘Should you find yourself sinking, use your seat cushion as a flotation device’. If this wasn’t enough, the company has also finely printed some not so minor details below. Hit the jump to read it.
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It’s important to gain more comfort from your mountain biking experience that backpain. Shimano, a renowned brand in the bicycle industry has recognised this fact and introduced the Unzen hydration pack. The new pack design that drapes this utility enables it to be less restrictive and adds to the comfort. It makes use of Rider Fit Cross Harness that loop around your shoulders and underarms, thus restricting pectoral muscles during mountain rides.This makes aggressive off-road riding more possible and convenient. This also helps rider breathe easier with the omission of the belt straps.
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BMW Motorrad has been known for unleashing some serious pieces of automotive technology in the past and we’ve just come across the manufacturer’s latest release, the lightest 1000cc four-cylinder motorcycle for 2012. Part of the HP (High Performance) line that first showed up in 2005, the new BMW HP4 packs a similar water-cooled four-cylinder in-line engine as that packed in the BMW S 1000RR. With 193 horses rumbling beneath, the BMW HP4 comes complete with Dynamic Traction Control, Race ABS, a Launch Control function and four riding modes to suit your motorcycling tastes. Weighing in at just 199kgs, the lightest amongst its peers, the BMW HP4 can also be fitted with the Competition Package packing carbon fiber parts for further weight reduction and is expected to hit showrooms soon.
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Remember them Star Wars hoverbikes that we’ve spent hours day-dreaming about? Well, you could now pretty much own one of these splendid modes of transport, assured to grab a load of attention as you fly by, literally. By Aerofex, this model still requires a few tweaks until it flies as smooth as those in the movies, but for now, it does do a marvelous job of hovering around. Sporting intuitive controls making it easier to maneuver, the Aerofex hoverbike is currently being tested in the Mojave Desert in California and has managed to fly 15 feet off the ground at a speed of 30mph. Also, the covered rotors on this one makes it safer to use and the hoverbike could very well turn into a perfect way to glide across distinct terrains in future without so much of a hiccup!
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It’s absolutely mind-numbing to know that there exists such excellence in transport security that even the impossible seems realistic. With the Invisible Bike Helmet developed by the Swedish industrial designing duo of Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin, one can safely start believing and hoping. The revolutionary design of their excellent biking helmet is just what one would seek to do away with the existing bulk that is. Just like a car’s dashboard system the helmet inflates into an airbag, thus protecting the rider from any kind of head or neck injuries. It’s called the Hovding and does away with all things uncomfortable in a conventional helmet. To top this, the contraption also houses a black box to capture 10 seconds of the last moments before the crash. Ingenious would be an understatement.
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We yesterday saw Cervélo’s P5 bike, the most aerodynamic Triathlon bicycle ever created, and today from the house of Panasonic Cycle Technology comes the electric bikes made from titanium. Available in two models the BE-ENDL632 and ENDX632 with 8Ah and 12Ah batteries respectively, the bicycles have main body frame made in lightweight titanium which gives the bikes a light body, more strength and flexibility. The Panasonic bikes come with a nameplate that can be engraved with the name of the rider, which is displayed in front to the bikes.
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It’s the cycle that matters the most for a cyclist when it comes to finishing the race or finishing with a medal. Thus, for the sake of triathlon or cycling buffs Cervélo has designed the most aerodynamic time trial bike in the P5 bike. Cervélo’s P5 bike with its curvaceous frame slips through the air with minimum force thus producing lesser drag allowing the rider that extra advantage on two wheels. The bike’s frame is ideally made to hide all the cables while the brakes have been optimized to make the bike lighter and more aerodynamic.
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We’ve seen a plethora of electric bikes in our time, but the PAS electric bicycles released by Yamaha Motor at the National Stadium in Tokyo are surely different from them all. The motor-assisted bicycles may not have a great deal to show in their repertoire but they surely have something to show in the appearance. Released in two versions, one of the Yamaha PAS is the PAS Babby an electric bike with a comfortable child safety seat at the back, while the other PAS Kiss mini has two child safety seats, one on the front and one in the rear.
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