From the ‘crazy patent’ files…

Forget two-wheels, how about tracks?

Posted: 29 August 2014
by Visordown News

CHINA’S motorcycle industry is an odd dichotomy  - while half the country’s manufacturers seem to turn out blatant copies of existing machines the other half seem obsessed with throwing out everything that’s familiar and exploring new avenues.

See if you can work out which camp this falls into…

We haven’t got much information apart from knowing this design was patented last week by Chang’an University. The ‘Rescue’ badging suggests it’s an idea for a bike for the emergency services. Perhaps mountain rescue? Of course, the term ‘bike’ (derived from bicycle, of course) isn’t quite right. After all, ‘bi-cycle’ means ‘two wheels’ and this has none. Or at least not in the conventional sense.

Nope, a single track does the job instead, albeit one that’s wrapped around what’s otherwise a fairly conventional bike, complete with forks and a normal swingarm. We can’t quite work out how turning the bars will effect that track – perhaps it’s flexible enough to allow a little bit of steering, with those extra guide runners under the bellypan putting it straight again before it reaches the drive wheel at the back. Or maybe not.

Actually, a quick Google for the term ‘tracked motorcycle’ reveals an array of black-and-white pictures of pre-war efforts to make similar devices, although clearly none of them was terribly influential. Funnily enough, steering was often cited as the reason for the failure of the earlier attempts. Who’d have thought?

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Presumably it's 'designed' for off road use, hence the tracks, so why would it need mirrors? And a low-slung race style can?

It's not April, is it?

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 10:13

They're taking the piste..............

It's snow joke............??

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 12:01

Race fairing would tend to suggest a +100mph top end... note that the patent also includes for the return track to be routed via the seat pad to remove those irritating tag-nuts... :)

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 12:11

'RESCUE'? it's a cry for help!

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 18:27


Jump on a bike forum, every few months some Student Grant will rock up demanding that you fill in a SurveyMonkey validating their design for a gyroscopically stabilised HUD enabled bike sponge.

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 23:03

Utter toss... it is so lazy.
Throw a basic drawing together and try to patent it. Claim to own the rights to concept... only in China.

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 23:55

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