2 Responses to World’s first fully solar-powered motorcycle

  1. Richard Fri, May 15, 2009 at 10:10 am #

    I want one!

  2. woody Fri, May 15, 2009 at 5:23 pm #

    So go buy one. It’s apparently just a modified version of a commercially available electric bike. The pics look like he strapped on a couple of extra batteries to the rear (easily doable if balanced well) and draped some flexible solar collectors over it. Oh, and tweaked the limiter to get him up to 50mph, probably by over-driving the engines.

    The angle and positions of the collectors is really suspect, since I doubt the ones pointed down (look at the picture) are collecting much, even off a reflective white concrete driveway. The solar cells on the bike probably provide enough power per day to get a couple miles on the bike at best. The rest probably comes from plugging the bike in.

    Great to see electric bikes in the news, but to promote it as his invention, or as being “solar powered” is misleading at best.