Cool post, ksquid. I'm having a really hard time figuring out how that "bike" could possibly cost anywhere close to $750,000. Even if it were made completely of unobtainium, there just isn't enough there... But if they can do it for $750k, the market must be HUGE for one at say...$250K??? Is there a venture capitalist in the crowd?
1. What sort of engine has it got? Unless it's actually using a small aerojet, to get anything capable of producing that much bhp in something that size would be very difficult. There'd be huge cooling issues, not to mention huge amounts of fuel needed. And exhaust space. And so on. And a 50-gallon trunk space? Where?
2. The Swiss road laws are so restrictive that even underpowerd H-Ds have to be built in specially restricted versions for the Swiss market and forced to crawl along at speeds where it's hard even to stay upright. This thing would never make it onto a Swiss road - not legally, anyway.
3. It bears a more than passing resemblance to something very similar built several years ago called an Oekomobile, if I remember, which was basically a BMW K100 with a bodyshell like this one. From the swingarm out the back of this one it seems similar but with maybe something like a ZZR driving it. Which leads to
4. How much horsepower do you think you could get down through a rear wheel like that? 200, tops, right?
1994 is the year for that bike. Have no fear, deals on GTS 1000s will be coming around again-- just like the housing market.
In 1991, folks were buying their mortgages from the bank for .60 on the dollar. If you're locked in at 6%, and prevailing rates are 14%, you should be able to buy your mortgage from the bank for around .40 on the dollar.
Wasn't it Corbin that made some fugly three-wheeler thing that some dude crashed (lightly)? It seems I 'member that he was uninjured, but unable to get out of the vehicle for several hours because it was laying on the hatch.
Isn't there a formula for how much horsepower you need to go X miles per hour, even if the aerodynamics are near perfect? I'm guessing somewhere north of 200 hp. Inside that bubble. With you. And a '50 gallon trunk".
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