Powered by four 96,000-rpm JetCat jet turbines, the 308-pound Lazareth LMV 496 La Moto Volante is set to be the world’s first flying motorcycle, and it’s a doozy. Not only will the engines produce 1,300-horsepower, but 529-pounds of thrust to boot, all concealed within its sleek composite body. Its kerosene tank is large enough to enable the LMV 496 to hover above ground for around 10-minutes.
Unlike other electric motorcycles, the Nawa Racer has an ultracapacitor hybrid energy system. In other words, right above the 9 kWh battery is a 0.1kWh ultracapacitor capable of harvesting 80% – 90% of the braking energy, enabling it to travel up to 186 miles on a full charge, compared to 110 miles without the hybrid energy system.
Poland-based Game Over Cycles has unveiled their custom Yamaha Niken, and it looks to be straight from a science fiction film with its bare-metal design. The plastic bits have been replaced with a semi-matte aluminum to make the bike cut through the air almost like a samurai sword. Unlike traditional motorcycles, the Niken sports a tilting trike suspension using Yamaha’s Leaning Multi-Wheel (LMW) technology.
Photo credit: Arthur Martins
IKEA and motorcycles may not be synonymous, as the former is known for their ready-to-assemble furniture, kitchen appliances as well as home accessories. However, if the company did offer a DIY electric motorcycle kit, the finished product would probably look something like the Polestar SLR. This bike boasts minimal ground clearance and a basic suspension, since its designer, Arthur Martins, says that it doesn’t need a racing setup for street riding.
We have seen the future of electric motorcycles, and it includes the HyperTek from South Africa-based Blackstone Tek, or BST. The bike features a one-piece carbon fiber monocoque and billet subframe, while its water-cooled, DHX Hawk motor generates 105 hp and 88.5 pound-feet of torque, powered by a 4.75-kWh battery, which can be fully recharged in 30 minutes on a fast charger, good for 186 miles of range.