Air powered motorcycle to be revealed at the Sydney Motorcycle
A motorcycle powered purely by compressed air will be uncovered at the 2011 Sydney Motorcycle & Scooter Show, November 25-27 at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre.
RMIT Industrial Design student Dean Benstead has designed and developed the '02 Pursuit', a working prototype of a motocross bike that gives value to air as an alternate source of 'fuel' with the use of the DiPietro air engine developed by Angelo DiPietro of Engineair Australia.
Based on the geometry of a current-spec 250cc motocrosser, the project's initial focus was on the design and product development processes over performance engineering, but Benstead said he could see a future for a marketable model based on the air-powered prototype.
If petrol power was past and electric power was present, Benstead said he believed that with further development there was a place for compressed air in the future as an economical and environmentally-friendly option.
"The concept evolved from research to sketches to computer modeling before the chassis and bodywork was built and fabrication at local manufacturer, Rinlatech Engineering, began," explained Benstead.
"I wanted to explore the viability of compressed air as an alternative fuel, and my childhood experiences riding dirt bikes led me to design the motocross bike based around the Engineair engine.
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