Wheeeee!: Omnidirectional Motorcycle w/ Ball Wheels

September 13, 2012


Because what good is a motorcycle that can't go sideways, this is an omnidirectional bike being built by students at San Jose State University. How industrious! When I was in college I didn't build anything but a tolerance to drugs and alcohol and a healthy disdain for the system. Damn the man, you know? Oh, you know.

The end result won't rely entirely on changing its center of mass to move, but it will be able to balance itself and move from side to side without turning, making parallel parking a cinch, for those of you who parallel park your motorcycles. More extreme tricks will be possible as well, like rotating the entire bike in a complete circle while driving.

Currently, the SJSU students have finished the bike's frame and have gotten themselves a pair of huge rubber-coated carbon fiber and fiberglass balls. They've successfully tested drive systems and electronics in smaller models, and by the end of the year, they hope to have their prototype ready for low speed testing and awesomness.

Now I'm not sure what the practical applications are for a motorcycle that can do 360's down the highway, but who knows, maybe they're gonna bring this shit to the X-Games. I'm just worried about how well the brakes are gonna work. I'll tell you one thing -- I wouldn't want to be the guy testing them. New Fruit Rollup flavors? That's like my dream world.

Thanks to Max, who once jumped a motorcycle over six flaming school buses and into the heart of every girl in the audience.

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  • ZomBBombeR

    You've gotta be fuckin' shittin' me. first cougars now this.

  • autoexec.bat

    Remember "Audi RSQ" from "I, Robot" film? It had balls for wheels.

  • Kinda like the Bat-pod? But with spherical wheels of course.

  • Tyler Mussman

    Finish it, then let me buy it!

  • Matty Spinny

    now if they could figure a way to hollow out those bowling ball things and create a small electro magnet within both that would recharge the battery i think id buy one.

  • Matty Spinny

    oh and extend the front ball so that way i looks more like a chopper. =)

  • Guest

    and attach lazahs. :D

    pew pew pew

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  • BillGatesIsYourDaddy

    I have a feeling there is no video because it doesn't work yet. Probably have been through a large majority of the freshman test subjects and most of them ended up running through a wall or window.

  • So where is the video of that?!

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