Monster trucks are cool. They’re automotive overkill of highest order: insanely powerful, ridiculously oversized 4WDs that both adults and kids alike dream about driving.
Mainly because they can crush cars.
But a monster bike?
Nope, it’s not Christmas yet, but ex-stuntman Ray Baumann has dropped a huge gift onto the Melbourne Motor Show with the Monster Motorbike from hell.
DO YOU THINK YOUR CAR IS BIGGER THAN MOTORBIKE? SEE THE BIGGEST BIKE YOURSELF!
And yes, it can crush cars – such as lurid yellow Holden Camiras. If you are thinking the bike is always smaller than your cars, then you are wrong. just be carefull of this big stuff because it can easily crush onto your big cars no matter how big it is. haha..
A motorcycle (also called a motorbicycle, motorbike, bike, or cycle) is a single-track, two-wheeled motor vehicle powered by an engine. Motorcycles vary considerably depending on the task for which they are designed, such as long distance travel, navigating congested urban traffic, cruising, sport and racing, or off-road conditions. In many parts of the world, motorcycles are among the least expensive and most widespread forms of motorised transport. Motorcycles and scooters are, on average, about twice as fuel efficient as cars.
The mind-bogglingly huge Monster Motorbike will be displayed at the 2008 Melbourne International Motor Show (MIMS), and is powered b a Detroit Diesel truck engine that outputs an ungodly amount of torque.
Ray Baumann’s creation weighs about 10 times that of a normal family car at 13.6 tonnes, and measures close to 9 metres long and over 3 metres tall.
It’s big, bad, and very loud.
The super-heavy 10-foot high motorbike can crush cars in first gear, though it has a 6-speed Allison automatic borrowed from a prime mover, just in case you need to clock up some highway kilometers.
It also uses a 2-speed Eaton differential from a road train to drive a massive chains on both sides of the spectacular rear wheel.
“We did stunt driving for quite a few years,” says Baumann, “broke a few records and broke my back a few times, so this is a way of taking a bit more care.
“Now we crush things, which is definitely less risky than jumping them – we still do jump things, but not at the Melbourne Motor Show,” added Baumann.
We’re not sure if the Monster Motorbike is capable of popping wheelies and monos, but crushing Commodores is an impressive party trick.
Like the huge body and girder-like front swing-arms, the wheels on the Monster Motorbike are also larger than life.
Baumann got the huge wheels which tower over mere humans from Caterpillar. but they appear to be second hand which would reduce the cost.
Normally used on Caterpillar’s mining trucks prevalent in Western Australia, where they can cart around 300 tonnes of rubble, the wheels on the Monster Motorbike have custom rims finished in white, which adds greatly to the bike’s aesthetic. As do the dripping blood decals.
The car crushing bike was built in Perth, and Ray Baumann has spent three years developing the vehicle which according to reports has already stunned spectators during its early demonstrations out west.
Some info regarding motorcycle rider postures:
Motorcycle rider postures
The motorcyclist’s riding position depends on rider body-geometry (anthropometry) combined with the geometry of the motorcycle itself — falling along a spectrum of three basic postures.
Standard: In this position the rider sits roughly upright, in a neutral position, neither leaning forward nor rearward, knees lower than the hips, and feet roughly below the riders centre of gravity. The rider has excellent visibility and a higher seat height—but with greater wind resistance, a higher centre of gravity, and potentially more difficulty flat-footing—having the ability, when stationary, to put both feet flat on the ground for safety and comfort, keeping the machine upright.
Sport: In this position the rider leans forward with the upper torso, supporting the upper-body weight with the back, stomach and leg muscles thereby keeping the forearms loose and relaxed providing smooth steering input/feedback at the handlebars. Knees are at hip height or below and squeezed against the tank to help support the upper body with the feet positioned on the balls of the foot on the footpegs. The position offers the advantage of decreased wind resistance but an otherwise cramped position that may be difficult to sustain for longer periods (some hours). The Sport riding position offers good flat-footing.
Cruiser: In this position the rider sits at a lower seat-height with the upper torso upright to slightly rearward. Knees are near hip height and legs extended forward. This position offers the advantage of comfortable circulation to the legs and ease of flat-footing—though with a lower field of visibility. In this position the rider may have difficulty lifting off the seat (when crossing an obstacle for example).
Important factors of a motorcycle’s ergonomic geometry that determine the seating posture include the height, angle and location of footpegs, seat and handlebars. Likewise, factors in a rider’s physical geometry that contribute to seating posture include torso, arm, thigh and leg length, and overall rider height.