Feel the need for speed?
September 14, 2005 9:17 AM   Subscribe

Feel the need for speed? Dodge Tomahawk motorcycle. 0-60MPH in 2.5 seconds and top speed 300+ MPH. Maverick from Top Gun woulda loved one of these. (Flash intro with rather loud music)
posted by RonZ (50 comments total)

 
Dumbest. Motorcycle. Design. Evah.
posted by five fresh fish at 9:21 AM on September 14, 2005


I guess that's the motorcycle RoboCop would ride. If RoboCop was retarded.
posted by gwint at 9:24 AM on September 14, 2005


C'mon, that's a great motorcycle design. Unless you want to be able to turn, of course.
posted by Crash at 9:27 AM on September 14, 2005


I like how the top speed and acceleration figures are estimated, and rather useless since no one has actually rides the damn thing.
posted by skinnydipp at 9:28 AM on September 14, 2005


Looks more like a car with the two front wheels squeezed together.

Meh, that's right, m...e..h, meh!
posted by blue_beetle at 9:30 AM on September 14, 2005


I thought we called motorized vehicles with four wheels cars. And what do they call that genre of music, elevator metal?
posted by Nahum Tate at 9:32 AM on September 14, 2005


Dumbest. Motorcycle. Design. Evah.

Well, it's certainly a contender there. Then there's the front-drive, rear-wheel-steering bike that NHTSA commissioned in the '70s. the agency thought it would be safer. Nobody could ride it without falling over.
posted by Kirth Gerson at 9:32 AM on September 14, 2005


An engine with some wheels attached. Sure it looks bad, but I would love to wind this thing through its gears.
posted by caddis at 9:33 AM on September 14, 2005


wow... that takes the cake in the unecessarily-large-engine department. The result of some giant capitol-red-X treme marketing idea.

without a doubt more idiotic then the current batch of drag-racing motorcycles.

What's wrong with super bikes? they go plenty fast without forcing the rider to straddle what appears to be a full-size V8.

And they can turn!
posted by chibikeandy at 9:36 AM on September 14, 2005


GM also equipped cadillacs in the early 70's with an 8.2 litre engine, although it was a V8, not a V10. At the time it was the largest production engine ever built, but because of the weight of the cars and the new emissions laws which were just then coming into effect the acceleration wasn't much better than a civic, while they had the fuel appetite of a Hummer.
Cad Company makes a business out of rescuing these old behemoths and pumping up their compression to give them the output they deserve
posted by CynicalKnight at 9:40 AM on September 14, 2005


they go plenty fast without forcing the rider to straddle what appears to be a full-size V8

full-size V10

The footage of the first test drag will look like the beginning of the six million dollar man
posted by Mr_Zero at 9:42 AM on September 14, 2005


ok, but can it dodge a Tomahawk?

:snicker snicker:
posted by blastrid at 9:47 AM on September 14, 2005


We are but a short step away from light cycle racing.
posted by biffa at 9:48 AM on September 14, 2005


AWESOME POWER

"Chrysler sold nine replicas through Neiman Marcus, for up to $555,000 each. The motorcycles cannot be legally driven on public roads. A Chrysler spokesman told Reuters they were meant as rolling sculptures - but they can probably still be driven on private roads (the rolling-sculpture comment may be designed to avoid legal liability)."

Blech.
posted by tpl1212 at 9:49 AM on September 14, 2005


the beginning of the six million dollar man

Blowout In Sector Two!

That was footage of an actual crash in 1967
posted by CynicalKnight at 9:53 AM on September 14, 2005


I'd love to see some idiot try to split lanes on that monster.

I'd seen this a couple of years ago when it was first shown and still think its a pretty striking looking bike. Completely impractical though, kind of like what happens when you have car designers design a motorcycle which is pretty much what happened.

Anybody have any idea what kind of mileage this things gets? I'm guessing it would be pretty pathetic for a motorcycle thanks to that V10. And I love the 300+ estimated top speed.

I'll stick with my Suzuki V-Strom, thanks.
posted by fenriq at 9:57 AM on September 14, 2005


The bikes I've ridden have been a lot like the women I've known. The Italians are easily the prettiest. The Japanese are the nicest to ride and what I'll probably stick with. The Russians and Brits are quirky but usually interesting. The Germans are sturdy and tough as hell. The American ones are overweight, too loud and covered in glittery crap and accessories. The aesthetic can be summarised as; too much is almost enough.
posted by Jenga at 9:59 AM on September 14, 2005


Don't know about the rest of you, but wrapping my crouch around a Tomahawk seems like it'd hurt. /heh
posted by cleverusername at 10:00 AM on September 14, 2005


Nice ripoff of Rammstein's "Du Hast" there. Anyone have a link past the intro? For some reason I'm stuck there.
posted by knave at 10:03 AM on September 14, 2005


That's the same engine they use for the Dodge Viper. Totally ridiculous.
posted by pmbuko at 10:03 AM on September 14, 2005


Where have I seen this before?

Oh yeah. In 1982.
posted by grabbingsand at 10:11 AM on September 14, 2005


From a guy who lists his homepage as fark.com, this is a brilliant post. Keep up the good work there, champ.
posted by item at 10:13 AM on September 14, 2005


Where have I seen this before? Ah-ha MeFi. Different URL and stuff but it's been seen a couple of times now.

sorry!
posted by longbaugh at 10:21 AM on September 14, 2005


Thanx for the pointer longbaugh - sorry I missed that.
posted by RonZ at 10:34 AM on September 14, 2005


"the front fender serves as the gas tank"

KABOOM!!!

This would be cooler if it were a Boeing jet engine strapped to a dolly with a lawn chair duct taped on top and a trash can fuel tank feeding the engine through a garden hose.
posted by Derive the Hamiltonian of... at 11:11 AM on September 14, 2005


For anyone who will settle for a mere V-8, there's always this.
posted by TedW at 11:11 AM on September 14, 2005


No worries RonZ - it's from a while back and it's a different URL now. I want me the smartwheel equipped Yamaha smartbike from Snow Crash or one of those 227mph Gas Turbine motorbikes. Realistic, road legal and donor card ready!
posted by longbaugh at 11:36 AM on September 14, 2005


This is the BUTT ugliest design I've ever seen for a motorcycle. The last superbike I saw was sleek, black, and menacing. This looks like something out of a TV miniseries version of Road Warrior. Shame on you, Dodge.
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 11:43 AM on September 14, 2005


Any idea how long the tires would last under full throttle? 0-60 in 2.5 = not likely.

I agree with blue_beetle - Meh, that's right, m...e..h, meh!
posted by Tacitus at 12:02 PM on September 14, 2005


"Rolling sculpture". geez.
posted by delmoi at 12:04 PM on September 14, 2005


Tacitus - the old '92 Kwak ZZR-1100 did 0-60 in 2.7 seconds. 'Nowt wrong with the tires on that beasty - ZR rated and the bike's top speed was supposedly just a smidge below 190mph.
posted by longbaugh at 12:42 PM on September 14, 2005


Anyone riding this bike should probably wear a helmet.
posted by horsewithnoname at 12:45 PM on September 14, 2005


Anyone riding this bike should probably wear a leather codpiece and shoulderpads made out of sheet metal.
posted by Divine_Wino at 12:58 PM on September 14, 2005


Anyone riding this bike should probably wear a leather codpiece and shoulderpads made out of sheet metal.

But nothing else.
posted by scratch at 1:01 PM on September 14, 2005


naturellement!
posted by Divine_Wino at 1:02 PM on September 14, 2005


Welcome to the concept of a gas-guzzler motorcycle, brought to you by an American car company of course.
posted by clevershark at 1:11 PM on September 14, 2005


Derive the Hamiltonian of... :This would be cooler if it were a Boeing jet engine strapped to a dolly with a lawn chair duct taped on top and a trash can fuel tank feeding the engine through a garden hose.
posted by at 11:11 AM PST on September 14


I would like to buy this motorcycle from you, for $555,000.
posted by splatta at 2:36 PM on September 14, 2005


meh, not as cool as the chainsaw bike

http://www.dolmette.com/html/22_159_ENG_HTML.htm
posted by clubfoote at 2:42 PM on September 14, 2005


If it has the power it must from that huge engine, why would it move at all? Wouldn't the rear wheel(s) just spin out and tip the damn thing over? And does anyone have any idea how they even intend to have it turn? All the pics (even the CG pics, even the drawings unless there were some I missed) have it straight line.
posted by johngumbo at 2:42 PM on September 14, 2005


Considering Suzuki Hayabusas reach 0-60 in under 3 seconds, this isn't that crazy (at least in terms of speed). And if you need a 4-wheel motorcycle, well, you have a couple other option.
posted by adamrice at 4:25 PM on September 14, 2005


Oh thank God. I was worried for a second that they were actually going into production with these things.
posted by loquacious at 4:40 PM on September 14, 2005


Dude, my Honda 919 does 0-60 in 2.9 and has about 1/8 the displacement. And it turns. Really well. Won't hit 300mph though, but I rarely need speed like that around town... :)

However, it's fun to make crazy Hot Wheels machines and see what they'll do. I'd never buy one, but hey, it's just a big-ass toy.

" An engine with some wheels attached."

Yep, that's my bike too. :)

Hey fenriq, I think we may actually have met, if you park in a basement garage at your workplace in Santa Monica...
posted by zoogleplex at 6:19 PM on September 14, 2005


I dunno. I think I'd still rather have one of these, if you can get one without the associated mutant problems.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 6:27 PM on September 14, 2005


As much fun as it would be to rev limit this hulking Dodge beast, I droooooool over this bike so much more. The Ducati 999R - beauty, brawn, sophistication and beauty. It is beautiful too.

(oops, that breaks the tenth commandment)
posted by caddis at 6:49 PM on September 14, 2005


Pah. All your bikes pale beside mine: a KLR 650. A tractor of a bike. Goes anywhere you want to point it, provided you've got the balls to let it do it.

Though I will admit it doesn't handle mx trails too well. Handlebars are a little too wide to squeeze through the trees.

I dragged peg once. When the pegs are as high off the ground as that, dragging peg is damn near suicidal...
posted by five fresh fish at 7:11 PM on September 14, 2005


ROU_Xenophobe: You see this one?
don't expect performance to match looks though...
Personally, I want one of these unimposing fellers: Honda Solo
50cc should do me just fine...
posted by numlok at 10:15 PM on September 14, 2005


The combination of "rolling sculpture" and motorcycles made me think of Steven Stahlberg's old "Bike Girl." His new bike seems to be missing something...
posted by Enron Hubbard at 4:10 AM on September 15, 2005


C'mon, that's a great motorcycle design. Unless you want to be able to turn, of course.

If I remember right (this concept bike isn't exactly new), the bike tilts for turns with wheels on one side being extended and on the other side retracted. Can't remember the details, but I wouldn't want to trust it.
posted by Doohickie at 6:38 AM on September 15, 2005


When you are going 300 mph who wants to turn anyway?
posted by caddis at 7:25 AM on September 15, 2005


"The bikes I've ridden have been a lot like the women I've known. The Italians are easily the prettiest. The Japanese are the nicest to ride and what I'll probably stick with. The Russians and Brits are quirky but usually interesting. The Germans are sturdy and tough as hell. The American ones are overweight, too loud and covered in glittery crap and accessories. The aesthetic can be summarised as; too much is almost enough."

Best post Award for this thread!! LOL
posted by celerystick at 9:36 PM on September 15, 2005


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