Francis, Tim and Patrick are three adventure riders who want to extend the ...
Francis, Tim and Patrick are three adventure riders who want to extend the capabilities of the motorcycle to the point where it can cross the large distances covered with water.
If rivers are the first thing that comes to your mind, well, how about we tell you that these fellows want to use their boatorcycles to cross the Bering Strait?
The term boatorcycle is most likely the familiar one for the three adventurers, but it may sound the bit off to people with no knowledge about the BikeBoat project.
The BikeBoat was born from the need to have the bike crossing larger water surfaces, with the ultimate goal being to use them for crossing the Bering Strait on the trip from Russia to Alaska.
Hundreds of hours have been spent designing and testing the belt transmission system that conveys power from a chain drive to the propeller. Also, the whole boat part had to be optimized to fit on a bike as part of the cargo.
After successfully passing hundreds of kilometers of tests, Francis wanted to see how his BikeBoat would fare in the crossing of the English Channel.
Despite all the things working as planned in the beginning, and it looks like the biggest problem of the boatorcycle is overheating.
Basically, a BikeBoat is the inflatable boat in which the bike sits, while the chain drives the propeller. The BikeBoat can do around 10 knots, this means 18.5 km/h or 11.5 mph. While this speed could be enough for the bike crossing a portion of the sea, it proved nowhere near enough to keep the bike cool.
The whole thing overheated and caused the fatal failure in one fo the fuel tanks which ruptured, burst into flames. Francis was able to swim to safety, and the whole thig caught on fire and sunk at the bottom of the English Channel.
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