When one thinks of the Motorcycle, the image that you tend to get is something like a Harley-Davidson or a Goldwing-large, chunky (but still very characterful) bikes, running on the usual fossil-fuel based engines (which are sometimes prone to being a little temperamental-although you’re usually able to get spare parts such as Honda spares from CMPO in most cases. Revolver compressed air motorbike. Image © designer Darren Kuo – yankodesign
What are becoming increasingly common, however, are motorcycles that run on compressed air-admittedly the running time isn’t always that long (this one can run for around 40 minutes, for example) although the technology is improving to the extent that they’re becoming more viable. The main problem tends to be the storage of sufficient amounts of air within the frame of the bike itself, as well as ensuring that the compressed air and its associated compression mechanisms work, are created by and are sustained with a sufficiently green infrastructure to make them worthwhile.
The main green advantage to the bikes is that they don’t leave anything behind-essentially, the air stays in a steady state from the moment of input, through the compression process and after it’s expunged from the system.
The technology for compressed-air bikes is still in an embryonic stage, but once it is sufficiently developed to provide a practical transport solution, it may well end up being a viable alternative to the environmentally-concerned motorcycle enthusiast. The speed aspect is certainly been addressed; this bike here is capable of speeds up to 87 MPH-impressive for something running on air alone.