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Castrol Flossie robotic motorcycle rider - Click above to watch the video after the break

Just what the world needed: A real-live Moto-Terminator. Flossie, the robotic motorcycle rider seen above, was created by the engineering boffins at Cyberdyne Systems Castrol as a way to test its synthetic oils in the kinds of harsh conditions difficult to endure for flesh-and-blood test subjects.

According to Castrol, Flossie can adapt to any kind of motorcycle or scooter, learning the proper way to use the clutch, throttle and shifting patterns of its specific testing mount for the day. Best of all, Flossie will replicate any desired testing procedure over and over again with nary a complaint and deliver predictable, consistent results each time.

At this time, Flossie isn't able to balance the bike without assistance, but we'd guess that capability can't be far away. Next stop: Judgement Day. Hit the jump to watch the video. Hat tip to Alex!

[Source: Castrol via Engadget]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Great, we are definitely dead now.

      Quietly packing my things and moving to a desert island with no electricity or power of any kind....
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder if Flossie does things to her she's not telling us about...
      • 5 Years Ago
      This seems like overkill for lubricant testing. Surely this is not cheaper than replicating the conditions in a lab setting.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The robot can precisely repeat any test while working non-stop in a lab.
      • 5 Years Ago
      ....but, can Flossie do a wheelie or a Stoppie for that matter?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks a little more MythBusters than ROTM, but it's still cool.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hey, I saw that guy in Attack of the Clones. He was pretty good.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I for one welcome our new robot bike testers.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well that Castrol engineer is so pleased with Flossie I wonder if they're dating.
        • 5 Years Ago
        She is boring as hell.