Samson Motorworks designs flying motorcycles, and now the company has modified its approach, rolling out the airworthy Switchblade. It’s a three-wheeled multimode vehicle (MMV) with a scissors-like wing for flying and a torsion bar lean system for its role as a road rocket.
This 15-foot vehicle improves upon its predecessor, the Aerobike, by trimming 200 pounds of excess weight, and if something goes wrong when you’re flying at its 134mph airborne cruise speed, it’s packing a parachute under which you can float safely back to earth.
This looks like even more fun than previous flying vehicles, which was much faster than this, but stays securely planted on terra firma. Want one of these flying Switchblades? Samson’s not talking price yet, but says the sky bike will be ready for sale by early next year.
Generally things with wheels don’t leave the ground. Of course, there were the flying motorcycles of Galactica 1980, but that was fiction. Very bad fiction.
Here’s a single seat motorbike/tricycle that lets you ride on the open road and when traffic gets too congested, you can just take to the skies and arrive at work in style. It uses of propeller blades like a helicopter and can reach flying speeds of 160 km/h and land speeds of 90 km/h. The only problem is that we are going to have to rethink garage design and put gas stations on rooftops.
Christened as The Super Sky Cycle, the flying motorcycle by Butterfly LLC, from Oklahoma is a cross flanked by a gyroplane with folding rotor cutting edges and an insubstantial, three-wheeled motorbike. Its multi functionality allows you to drive it on the road, park it in your garage or fly it through the air. The Super Sky Cycle is driven by Rotax 912ULS 100-hp four-stroke engine that can let you 55 mph in the highway speed plus a top speed in surplus of 100 mph in the voyage. Avaialble for sale over their website, the flying motorcycle costs $ 45,995 for the SSCycle(912ULS Rotax100hp) and or $ 56,995 for SCycle(Rotax Turbo 115hp). If it fails to convince you then do check out the M200G flying vehicle from Moller International all set to hit market by 2009.