Monday, December 3, 2007

High Concept: Giles McWilliam's Radial engine bike concept.

Via: Gadget Road
"Of course, this is not the first or the last motorcycle equipped with a radial engine, but i liked the looks of it. It’s just a sketch on the drawing board, but it worth mentioning. Giles McWilliam is the guy behind this design, that combines futuristic elements and materials with a spartan and simple architecture.

First of all, the look of the bike is different. I think it’s not at all aerodynamic, as it lacks many body parts, like front and back wings or windshield. But the short back part is really the one that caught my eye. And it’s also the radial engine. If you’re not familiar with the concept, this kind of engine is particularized by the fact that the cylinders point outward from a central crankshaft, like you can see in the picture. They were used mostly to propel aircrafts, due to their massive power and trust, before jet engines were invented.

the technology has already been implemented on motorcycles, mostly on custom made choppers like the JRL Cycles’ Radial Chopper or this Jesse James creation."

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