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The "Burn-1" Skycycle

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The "Burn-1" Skycycle

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We first conceptualized the idea for the Skycycle two years ago at Barber Vintage Motorcycle Fest, and found it fitting to unveil it here first. It is inspired by Knievel’s X-1 Prototype, a solid-state rocket. It has been lost to history.

The Burn-1 Skycycle is a completely custom vehicle that we built from the belly fuel tank of an F-86 Sabre fighter plane from the 1950’s. It is powered by a 1970 Honda CB450, simply because this is the largest motor we had that would fit the fuselage. The controls, steering wheel, and pedals are all period accurate to the early 1970’s. It has a functioning air-pressure reading speedometer from a 1957 Cessna airplane. It also has functioning flamethrowers and suicide shifter linked to the original 5-speed gear box. Due to lack of room for a third pedal, there is a clutch handle on the shifter.

We were able to create something that has virtually no template other than inspiration from since-lost experimental prototypes. We feel that we’ve successfully amalgamated two extremely different vehicles – the land racing motorcycles and mid-century aircraft. Lastly, although nearly everything in this vehicle had to be heavily modified or created in order for the build to work, we were able to maintain period-accurate appearances, material and patina.

A full article on the Skycycle has been published by BikeBound.
http://www.bikebound.com/2018/10/18/burn-1-skycycle/


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