Monday, September 29, 2008

Falcorustyco: from high concept to cheap pocket bike.

from this...

via: suzukicycles

Suzuki's concept bike Falcorustyco was not missed by many of the visitors of the 1.2 million motorcycle enthusiasts that visited the Tokyo Motor Show in November 1985. The concept bike (a one of a kind experimental model, not for sale) surely looked different, and had some interesting technical solutions as well.

Although the Falcorustyco was the designers high-tech dream bike, Suzuki had intentions to make a concept bike that was not impossible to put into serial production within a few years.

The Falcorustyco had no frame like a normal bike. The front and the rear swing arms were attached to the 500cc square four engine. Not the RG500 Gamma engine - According to Suzuki it was a new water-cooled four-stroke power plant with 16 valves and three cam shafts.

The final drive was not chain, belt or shaft, like all the other bikes. No, Suzuki chose to use hydraulic pumps that transported the movement energy to both wheels. No gear box was needed. Hydraulic hub-steer.

The brakes were electromagnet type and the suspension was maneuvered electrically.

The motorcycles journalists were convinced that the Falcorustyco (a Latin word for gyrfalcon) would be mass produced in the near future. They were partly right. A model called gyrfalcon was produced by Suzuki in 1999, the GSX1300R Hayabusa (a Japanese word for gyrfalcon), but it was a conventional motorcycle with chain drive, an inline-four with two cam shafts and conventional brakes and steering."

To this: "Super Pocket bike DR138" by the Zhejiang Junbo Group Co., Ltd

1 comment:

firebrand said...

That pocket bike is based off of the Honda CO-29 I think.