The Dolmette
October 20, 2004 5:19 PM   Subscribe

The Dolmette. It's a motorcycle, see. But it's not a normal motorcycle, 'cause it's powered by 24 chain saw engines.
posted by mr_crash_davis (11 comments total)
So. Fucking. Rad.
posted by eyeballkid at 5:42 PM on October 20, 2004

The intense pace and pressure soon told on the charming pit crew, the ladies’ handball team from Süderbrarup, who only managed to get 20 of the DOLMETTE’s 24 engines running. So Andi Feldmann had to make do with the power output from just 20 chainsaw engines...

Send some of those girls over... I've a recalcitrant Poulan and I could use a little help getting started.

Did I mention I got a 16-inch blade?
posted by groundhog at 5:51 PM on October 20, 2004

It transforms into the Barbeaubot WITH CHAINSAW HANDS!
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 6:03 PM on October 20, 2004

That's gotta suck to start up.
posted by smackfu at 6:16 PM on October 20, 2004

Its an interesting concept, I'm sure its a bugger to start as others have already noted but I would also guess that its a bugger to steer too.

And don't even think about splitting lanes on that monster, you'd be road pizza in a minute.

I like it, as art, but I I am partial to custom jobs like Allen Millyard's amazingly clean looking 2300cc V12 project, now that's two 1300 cc engines mated together to make a V12! The technical challenges are astonishing and the bike, from the reviews, rides like a dream (a very, very big dream!).
posted by fenriq at 6:31 PM on October 20, 2004

I would so love to tool up next to a bunch of fully accessorized Harleyboys astride this herebadass wheelbarrow.
posted by groundhog at 7:40 PM on October 20, 2004

A little background here.

Werner is a very popular German comic book figure. He's a plumber's apprentice who has a bunch more or less unsavoury friends in a motorcycle gang. Werner is loosely based on his author. A few years ago, there was a race both in the comic and in real life between Holgi's red Porsche and a heinous bike with 6 Horex engines ganged together (the "Redporschekiller").

This bike appears to be the latest incarnation.
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen at 7:56 PM on October 20, 2004

That wheelbarrow rules.

Couldn't you use one of the Dolmette's engines to start the rest up, kind of like a multi-engine aircraft does? Start one by hand, and then engage the clutches on the rest one by one. (You'd have to use something other than the centrifugal clutch that comes with the chainsaw.)
posted by hattifattener at 10:04 PM on October 20, 2004

That wheelbarrow does rule! Totally badass!

Though if you really want to quiet down the Hog boys, pitch up on Jay Leno's Jet Bike. Anything that gets faster and faster and has a 2 second delay between throttling down and actually starting to slow down is seriously bad ass!
posted by fenriq at 10:11 PM on October 20, 2004

Good god!
posted by me3dia at 9:59 AM on October 21, 2004

posted by i_am_joe's_spleen at 11:34 PM on October 21, 2004

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