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   Clodfobble  Wednesday Dec 26 05:50 PM

December 26, 2007: World's Heaviest Motorcycle



When you've got a genuine Russian tank engine lying around, how can you resist repurposing it? And really, tanks are so lumbering and oafish, and with the price of gas nowadays... something a little more sleek and maneuverable is obviously called for.

This giant motorcycle took the team of welders and mechanics at the Harzer Bike Schmiede in Zilly, Germany, almost a year to craft. It is 17'4" long, and 7'6" tall, and weighs four-and-a-half tons. 1.8 tons of that is the tank engine itself. The Guinness Book of World Records has just confirmed it is the heaviest motorcycle ever (though interestingly, there is no mention of the size dimensions breaking any records.) They are still hoping to obtain a special license to actually drive it on the road.

Creator Tilo Nieber has dubbed the machine "the Led Zeppelin." Apparently in Germany, Zep counts as "heavy metal" music.



Kerotan  Wednesday Dec 26 06:30 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Clodfobble View Post

Creator Tilo Nieber has dubbed the machine "the Led Zeppelin." Apparently in Germany, Zep counts as "heavy metal" music.
the point being made here (by the owner) is that: Led Zeppelin don't suck.

I am here all week!


Diaphone Jim  Wednesday Dec 26 08:07 PM

It has a "springer" front suspension like a DKW or a Greeves: nice work!
9000 pounds: Lay it over at the store and all you need are about 15 or 20 willing standers-by to tip it back up.
Where's the fuel tank?



SPUCK  Wednesday Dec 26 10:12 PM

Maroon fuel tank right where you'd expect it.

Not exactly the SIZE you'd expect...



TheMercenary  Wednesday Dec 26 10:30 PM

Great!

Yea the fuel tank looks a bit small. My guess is that it hold just enough to start it. Minus the weight of the armor usually found on a tank the milage should be a bit better on that bike frame. How would you like to get that thing up to about 120 on a straight away? How far do you think it would take to stop that beast?



spudcon  Thursday Dec 27 06:14 AM

Don't see a muffler. I asked the driver about it, and he said "Huh?"



Sheldonrs  Thursday Dec 27 08:25 AM

All that space and it only seats one?



Hoof Hearted  Thursday Dec 27 11:30 AM

I hope he doesn't try to catch it with his leg when it tips over. It'd smash him flat.



classicman  Thursday Dec 27 12:14 PM

Parkin thats gotta suck too.



Gravdigr  Thursday Dec 27 12:35 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Hoof Hearted View Post
I hope he doesn't try to catch it with his leg when it tips over. It'd smash him flat.
It's a trike!! He cheated! He's something less than a man! Check out the guy with his hand raised. Since the handlebars are chain limited in travel, I guess this guy steers the rear like a fire truck? But don't laugh at any of them...They have a missile!

http://www.harzer-bike-schmiede.de

Also, can anyone translate the text?


gtown  Thursday Dec 27 02:19 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Clodfobble View Post
It is 17'4" long, and 7'6" tall, and weighs four-and-a-half tons. 1.8 tons of that is the tank engine itself. The Guinness Book of World Records has just confirmed it is the heaviest motorcycle ever (though interestingly, there is no mention of the size dimensions breaking any records.)
It loses on size to the tallest rideable motorcycle which is 11'3" tall and 20'4" long, but doesn't even hit 3 tons...what a lightweight...


slang  Thursday Dec 27 02:45 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Gravdigr View Post
Also, can anyone translate the text?
Roughly the bottom text in the border says " don't take the photos from this site because they all have copyright protection from German and international law. We'll prosecute you if you take them"

Fear the German crazy men. Don't steal the pics

The text directly under the photo has proper names in it and I can't figure it out.

"it was a big show with the bike schmiede and [the guys names] organized it" or something like that.

I'm American. Don't speak Deutsch any more.


Ibby  Friday Dec 28 09:12 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by slang View Post
I'm American. Don't speak Deutsch any more.
yeah but i'll bet you speak DOUCHE purdy well huh?!





TheMercenary  Friday Dec 28 12:15 PM

Damm cheater! A trike is not a bike. It is more akin to comparing a Chimp to a human, related but not the same.



slang  Monday Jan 7 09:16 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ibram View Post
yeah but i'll bet you speak DOUCHE purdy well huh?!

I speak fairly well out of my ass as well.


TheMercenary  Tuesday Jan 8 09:33 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by slang View Post
I speak fairly well out of my ass as well.
as in toot toot?


toranokaze  Thursday Jan 17 04:56 PM

I'm waiting to see the pic where he wrecks on that thing



fredsonic  Wednesday Jan 30 08:56 AM

Here is more of the same...

"Gregory Dunham from the USA has constructed the worlds largest rideable motorcycle that is 3.429 m (11 ft 3 in) tall to the top of handlebars, 6.187 m (20 ft 4 in) long and weighs 2.948 tons (6,500 lb). It is powered by a 8.2 litre (502 cu in) V8 engine and has tyres that are 1.88 m (74 in) tall. The top speed is 65 mph with an economy of 6 miles per gallon."







classicman  Saturday Feb 2 01:55 AM

try this



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