DailyDirt: Better Bikes
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We’ve pointed out flying bikes and chainless bikes before, and there seems to be no end to the creativity of bike mechanics. Maybe no one ever forgets how to ride a bike, but bike technology seems to be getting a bit more complex than just balancing on two wheels. We don’t quite have Star Wars speeder bikes yet, but perhaps we will soon.
- The US Army has taken an interest in Malloy Aeronautics — the company behind a Kickstarter campaign to make a hoverbike. A military-grade version of a hoverbike could be in the works, but it’s really not that clear why this hoverbike is better than other quadcopter drones (besides its potential to carry a human rider). [url]
- DARPA has granted $100,000 to Logos Technologies to develop a hybrid electric motorcycle that runs silently (well, not more than about 55 decibels). This isn’t the only hybrid electric bike out there, but it will have a diesel engine that can run on a variety of fuels and 2WD for rough terrain. [url]
- The RNT from Indian motorcycle maker Hero is a diesel hybrid with 2WD, too. It’s a concept vehicle that fits a couple of passengers (or more, if you’re creative) and acts as a backup generator. [url]
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