• Jun 10, 2011
Hoverbike testing – Click above for high-res image gallery

Remember the Hoverboards from the Back to the Future trilogy? Australian Chris Malloy hopes to take that concept and do one better with his Hoverbike. Looking like a cross between a twin-rotor helicopter and a futuristic motorcycle, the Hoverbike uses a 1,170cc boxer engine from a BMW bike to power a pair of propellers.

The Hoverbike is still undergoing testing, but could theoretically reach altitudes of 10,000 feet and travel at speeds of up to 92 miles per hour for nearly 100 miles. Controls look like those of a motorcycle, with the right and left grips used for thrust and forward/reverse movement. Turning works like you would expect with the handlebars.

If this thing ever makes it out of the testing phase and into production, Malloy believes that it could be sold for $40,000 or less, depending on the numbers sold. At that price, we figure there would be quite a few buyers, especially since, as an ultralite aircraft, it would not require a full pilot's license.

Check out the image gallery to visualize how this thing works, and check out the video after the break where the team is using smoke to visualize the airflow of one propeller.



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      BipDBo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Do they even let you into Australia these days if your not a badass?
        QAZZY
        • 3 Years Ago
        @BipDBo
        Nah, somehow they let my college roommate in with me.
      ACURA23CL
      • 3 Years Ago
      SPOILER ALERT: He doesn't actually ride it, just revs it and blow smoke through it. There...I just saved you 51 seconds of your life. Your welcome.
      Reggie
      • 3 Years Ago
      so i looked at the photos then i looked at the video.......was i the only one expecting to see this guy sitting on it and actually making it hover?
        Jason Loy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Reggie
        It appears that in the first picture (article feature picture) he is hovering with the bike(?) tethered to the ground. Remember the old NASA and military photos of hover vehicles? They always tethered them to the ground or a crane in case something went wrong. Probably a good thing to do here as well.
      LoneWolf
      • 3 Years Ago
      Land Speeder, anyone?
      Jay
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd be curious to know how he came up with the specs.. considering that all it does at this point is kick up a lot of dust VERY loudly.
      toxx1c
      • 3 Years Ago
      time to book a ticket to forest moon of endor
      Easy_Eight
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is how i wanna die.
      MuscleCar Gto
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow it is like the gundam ZEON MOBILE SCOUT SET http://plajapan.com/product_info.php?products_id=18226
      Carlos Andres
      • 3 Years Ago
      I want the flying bikes from the movie The Island.
      QAZZY
      • 3 Years Ago
      A jetpack costs twice as much, but may actually be cooler than a hoverbike. Well, cooler until they start a racing series for these babies.
      MotorworldHype
      • 3 Years Ago
      Reminds me more of those speedster hover bikes from Star Wars than the hoverboards from Back To The Future.
      Varun Sankar
      • 3 Years Ago
      rule number 1. Lose the gas motor for an electric turbine :)
        methos1999
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Varun Sankar
        except it would then be too heavy to lift off with the batteries OR it would only have enough power for a few seconds...
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