Brick based motorbike, 3rd generation designed in 2008 by MOSPDA research and development
About this creation
This model is the 3rd incarnation of a motorbike utilizing building methods where bricks reference technology. The turntable piece represents a drive system enclosed in the cylinder piece under the bike and behind the mono-swingarm. This cylinder also houses the transmission and a unique internal coil suspension that regulates the travel of the swingarm; where a high-torque maintenance free belt drive is enclosed.
This view exposes other pieces that reference the engine: an advanced rotary system fueled by hydrogen and compressed air. For engine management, software programming of detailed scenarios reference overall performance and speed to a spec sheet and makes adjustments or maintenance warnings according to any failures to meet these specs. Below the engine is the all in one drive, transmission and suspension cylinder. This "wheelie shot" was obtained through a composite of two photographs.
The front progressive mono-suspension is represented by the slotted piece near the arrow at the top of the arm. Within this front wheel is a supplemental electric motor that sends short bursts of power to aid in traction, control and braking. Rather than wasting power in an full-time 2-wheel drive configuration the front wheel only uses its motor when sensors tell the cpu power is needed to regain traction on wet surfaces, sharp turns or extreme braking.
Here is a detail of the ceramic braking system built within each of the enclosed wheels. It also redirects energy emitted during braking into a network of high volume storage capacitors within the frame of the motorbike.
This oversized LED headlight also houses a large 3D laser scanner and videocam. The combination of 2-D video and 3-D data work in conjunction with the cpu to aid in traction control and road safety functions. A simpler system works in the tailights with the added feature of a video feed which can be transmitted to a helmet visor display. The hand controls feature a standard twist throttle on the right grip where position is transmitted digitally to the engine. The right thumb controls the front brake button. The transmission is controlled via F1 style paddle switches built into the left grip. The left index finger controls the upshift while the thumb engages the downshift. A clutch lever is not required in this system. As in a standard motorbike the right foot controls the rear break. However, since the thumbs are now used to shift and brake the left foot now controls switches for horn, turn signal,and high/low/wide beam headlight functions. The cpu also recognizes voice or retina commands from advanced helmets. Optional internal and side/rear view cams may also transmit to advanced helmets with heads up visor displays. The engine management, wireless data and control functions utilize an opensource operating system, low power cpu and solid state memory.
The pipe functions more as an audible RPM aid rather than a standard exhaust pipe. The waste water and air from the rotary engine is recycled back into the system for zero emissions. However, as with other performance vehicles the sound of a motor is one of the most important feedback elements. To supplement the engine sounds in performance riding there is a sport mode that amplifies the motor combustion sounds through the pipe at high RPMs. In standard mode, for normal commutes and in-town riding the sounds can either be muffled or entirely muted at the rider's discretion.
Through the use of recycled/regenerative energy systems and compressed air only a small tank of hydrogen at the front of the seat is needed. This single tank can support an entire cross country ride from Los Angeles, to New York. A more comfortable touring model with passenger seat panniers is in development.