Thursday, June 9, 2011

Calling all Scout Troopers: Australian man's homemade hoverbike

We may not be getting a full size working AT-AT anytime soon, but Australian Chris Malloy is doing his best to make the Speeder Bike a reality.  So if any of your friends are Scout Troopers in the 501st Legion you may know what to get them for their next gift.
The Imperial Speeder Bike-like bike could reach 10,000 feet and fly 170 mph when finished.
Malloy of Sydney told Gizmag the idea for the Hoverbike came up during an argument about what an actual flying motorcycle would look like. Using his garage, he custom-built the carbon-fiber airframe attached to a 107-hp BMW boxer-twin engine. The wood rotors with carbon-fiber edges counter-rotate, allowing Malloy to avoid the vertical blade that would make a flying bike hostile to any human occupant.
Sign me up for one of these bad boys when they reach production.  Only one question, where are the blaster canons?


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