Yeah You Did: Motorcycle With An Airplane Engine

May 15, 2013


This is a motorcycle powered by a 150hp Rotec Radial R3600 airplane engine. It was pieced together by German mechanic Frank Ohle, who, God willing, has future plans to bolt wings to the thing and speed it straight off a cliff and into our hearts. Or a ravine.

Over the course of 18 months, Ohle figured out all of the ridiculously improbable steps involved in this project -- that includes fitting a custom chassis, painting, suspension and electronics -- and ended up with an absolutely gorgeous, incredibly noisy nine-cylinder superbike.

Impressive work, Frank. Or should I say, the Red Baron?! You thought we wouldn't figure it out? You turned a motorcycle into a replica of your old plane man, it didn't exactly take rocket science to put two and two together. It did take my roommate telling me though, because I suck at solving mysteries. You know how many times I've won at Clue? F***ING HATE THAT GAME.

Hit the jump to the see a video of the being ridden around in circles and not barnstorming like I was hoping.

Thanks to Chape, who once rode an airplane with a motorcycle engine off a cliff and plummeted like a rock tied to another, even heavier rock.

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