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Radial engine bike concept

Radial engine bike concept

By: Mike  In: Technology  Updated: Jan 27, 2012

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.

Radial engine bike front viewRadial engine bike rear view
The design combines futuristic elements with a spartan 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.

Radial engine
That’s how the radial engine works

Putting such an engine on a bike might be close to suicide in the hand of an inexperienced pilot. And i know that this is just a good looking concept, but 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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Mike is an Editor at Gadgetroad.com. He's the 'let him write' type of guy, with a great focus on getting the job done and, like all of us, a passionate gadget lover with many years of tech background.

7 Comments
  1. its awsome!!! never seen before

  2. not going to work with 6 cyl….and a single crank/ main connecting rod, must have odd number 5/7/9 cyl…look at the little video..
    this way, you get even firing order, every other cyl.. 1,3,5,2,4,1 etc…

  3. I LIKE RADIAL ENGINE AND RADIAL BIKES etc…….

  4. This bike has different look, its like animated object, yeah its really really very good

  5. so a 2 cyl radial (boxer) won’t work? I bet it is possible…until someone explains why-with solid physics-I shan’t believe the usual.

  6. You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this topic to be really something that I
    think I would never understand. It seems too complicated
    and very broad for me. I’m looking forward for your next post, I’ll try
    to get the hang of it!

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