RIDDEN: PORSCHE BIKE RS
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Take a fully carbon fibre Porsche around the ‘ring they said. Enjoy performance “inspired by the company’s GT road car department” they said.

Only it didn’t quite work out that way. True, I was spared the schlep across Belgium. But the Porsche in question was only one manpower and for the ‘ring you can substitute Richmond Park in south-west London. In cycling terms it is like the Nordschleife though, the undulating tree-lined seven-mile ‘lap’ plied by hordes of roadies and loved for its light traffic and smooth tarmac.

Chassis good, engine needs work

There are many astounding things about the Porsche Bike RS, from the 9kg (19lb-ish) overall weight and carbon construction to anodised trinkets from boutique component suppliers Crank Bros. In the reflected blue glow of the various aluminium accoutrements you could – almost – lose sigh…………… continues on Pistonheads

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Air-powered motorcycle has arrived
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MELBOURNE — Last month industrial designer Dean Benstead unveiled the 02 Pursuit — a prototype for a motorcycle fueled not by gas or electricity, but by compressed air.

Based on the geometry of a 250cc motocrosser, the O2 Pursuit prototype uses the breakthrough engine technology developed by Angelo Di Pietro of Engineair.

Benstead, a recent graduate of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), has harnessed the power that exists in the air tanks to mechanically drive the vehicle.

According to Benstead, testing of the motorcycle showed close to a quarter of an hour running time with stops at around 25-45 km/h. During stationary testing, Benstead’s team timed the speed off the back wheel, registering over 100 km/h. Preliminary testing of the prototype…………… continues on SmartPlanet.com

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