Eleven feet long and 150 lbs, the “Blackbird” is “a fully custom made electric recumbent chopper bicycle constructed of off-the-shelf parts from the hardware store” combined with scrap bike components, along with a commercial motor and battery. As for being super-charged, this bike is driven by a 36V DC motor capable of delivering 50 miles per charge at up to 20 MPH. If necessary, it can be switched off and instantly becomes a pedal-powered chopper! An array of cateyes, headlights, a pair of monkeylights, and even a singular spinning strobe light would definitely cause this machine to be confused with a UFO late at night!
The maker, Cat Woodmansee, says, “It is mad science, and is abundantly cool. But it is a serious transportation machine, totally practical.” Cat claims to have logged over 15,000 miles in daily commutes.
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This is a fully custom made electric recumbent chopper bicycle constructed of off-the-shelf parts from the hardware store, a motor and battery from China and lots of scrap bike parts. The machine is 11 feet long overall, is made of iron and probably weighs 150 pounds, and has a cruising range of around 50 miles @ up to 20 mph. The drive system is 36 volt DC, and the pedals work, so I call it a "hybrid". I've used this machine for my daily commute for 3 years, at times up to 1,200 miles a month, and have logged around Read more →