• May 2, 2009
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Having grown up in the era of the Team Associated RC10, Tamiya Clod Buster and Team Losi JRX-2, we'll always have a soft spot for radio-controlled vehicles of all sorts. In fact, a few of the Autoblog staff still spend the occasional late-night tinkering on the kinds of small-scale projects that we couldn't afford to tackle in the real world. Therefore, we were naturally entranced by racing footage from Britain of some 1:5 scale RC motorcycles zipping around a makeshift race track.

The footage you see in the video was captured during the 2007 season, so you can bet that the action has only intensified since this was filmed. We only wish we were this adept racing with two wheels, be it on a real bike or with an RC controller grasped firmly in our digits.

[Source: British Radio Car Association via The Biker Gene]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      someone needs to dub some superbike championship racing sound/announcers over this.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm impressed. How do they control the banking/leaning/turning?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Technically, the servos that control the steering are exactly like R/C cars, however since in a motorcycle, you steer left, the bike leans right. Therefore most R/C bike servos are mounted backwards since it would be confusing to steer left on a controller without the sensory feedback of the lean to know when to straighten up.

        And to all the people that call these toys, if you saw the amount of titanium, aluminum, carbon fiber etc, you would see these aren't your typical Radio Shack POS's. Granted they fill the same roll of toys since you get to tinker and play with something that has 2 or 4 wheels, but then again Cars give me the same thing right...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Which is...?

        Obviously you can use a servo to turn the front wheel, but leaning a motorcycle involves shifting your weight as well - I suppose you could use a servo to do that too, but is that what they do?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Too cool, love the onboard camera. But where would you fit that on the bike of that size? They must be really moving at the way the video looks. Someone tell where the race is at.
      • 5 Years Ago
      how do they get the motocycles to balance by gyroscopes or maybe the engine is a gyroscope by itself or are they battery powered

      Jeremy, you gots to give us some more details
        • 5 Years Ago
        The gyroscopic forces of the wheels keep it upright- just like if you were to rid a bicycle or a motorcycle. I don't know how they launch them, maybe from a stand, but I know that you can't stop while driving them, or they'll just tip over.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Mad skills!

      A mate of mine races 1:5 cars in Switzerland and those guys are really good, but these guys were really impressive - wet races and all!

      toys: yes, I've owned 1:1 scale toys too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I stopped racing RC cars over 20 years ago, and you could get bikes then. Um... this is news?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Is to me - never heard of it before, and I raced RC cars years ago as well. Besides, it's a cool vid.

        So, yeah, it's news-worthy. You and Sea Urchin don't have to read the thread, though.

        -R
        • 5 Years Ago
        Cars were available 100+ years ago, autoblog is news?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Makeshift track? This is a proper R/C car track! (I race myself, offroad, anyways)
      • 5 Years Ago
      that is actually....pretty damn cool!
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Sea Urchin

        What the eff are you talking about?
        • 5 Years Ago
        asuka: That's becuse you are pretty much clueless. R/C toys is what you can buy at the mall for $100 or less. None of the models in the video are "toys", but rahther very sophisticated pieces of machinery. The people who control them are highly trained professional R/C sportsmen or semi-pros.

        The main reason for the general lack of clue about R/C in the USA is that it is often represented and/or promoted as a replacement for something you can't afford to do on the full scale (the original blog entry above also has that connotation), while in reality it is a completely different thing. Europe gets it right, while USA, as always, copes it in such a half-assed way that it gets completely screwed up in the process.
        • 5 Years Ago
        hmm ok, so this site should only publish things that are directly car related and nothing else that could possibly be cool/interesting to the same group of people, even if of the same genre.....go play your stupid video game
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes, indeed that's cool!! And some of you guys take things waaaaaaaaaay too seriously.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Very awesome. I used to race an RC10 back in the day and did a lot of stuff with airplanes but never motorcycles. Even held a model airplane related world record for a little while but that was mainly luck and timing.

        With that said, yes these are toys. Relatively expensive and sophisticated toys but toys nonetheless. This was a good one too:

        "highly trained professional R/C sportsmen or semi-pros."

        That cracked me up.


        • 5 Years Ago
        "The people who control them are highly trained professional R/C sportsmen or semi-pros."------------I guess i am not the only virgin in here.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I guess these days almost everything passes for auto enthusiasm. I like playing video games......am i a car guy?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love Saturday Topics, you never know what they are going to be. Cool video. Never seen those little buggers race before.

      ..
        • 5 Years Ago
        I was also impressed by the fact that every bike that wiped out, skidded, or wheelied too far into a turn, recovered within less than a second and kept on going. Wish that were possible in full size -- but I guess we have to worry about breaking legs and such.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think they are the Venom 1/8th scale electrics, probably using a 21.5 or 13.5 brushless setup.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That would actually be kinda fun to go and do. Really cool.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I jut think it's a passion for all things wheeled and geared towards performance. I thought it was a great video and although I've got a bike, this looks like it would be pretty fun to mess around with.
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