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Monday, 30 May 2011

I want one of these!

In the not too distant future, maybe motorcycles won't be the ultimate thrill machine any more - maybe a bit old for one of these but I can dream, sigh.....
The Martin Jetpack

It's a New Zealand invention, developed over the last couple of years or so and has just had its first high altitude test - really impressive and is already attracting strong overseas interest.  Just the thing to avoid those rush hour blues!

There's a link to the video here - hope it's available to overseas blog readers: Martin Jetpack .  Another link here: TVNZ News

20 comments:

  1. Hi Geoff,

    Why not combine the two....A motorcycle with jetpack vertical-lift capabilities would be awesome! Forget lane-splitting - just fly over the top of everyone then resume your spot at the front.

    Cheers.

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  2. Great idea Anthony - the 2 lift units instead of panniers. You should be in marketing, not accounting ;-)

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  3. Geoff why not hang on till Triumph bring out a triple!

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  4. Dylan - what a great idea! Might never happen though ;-)

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  5. If 2 wheels are dangerous, what are none?

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  6. Andrew - well at least you won't slide off on gravel and you'd be really unlucky to have a "Sorry mate, didn't see you" episode!!

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  7. For the cost of one of these Geoff you could have 20 bikes in the garage...tough call ah?

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  8. But if you did it would most likely have four engines with Rolls Royce written on their sides!

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  9. Not a tough call at all Roger - my Chief Financial Officer wouldn't let me have any of 'em, sigh....

    Never mind, off for a decent ride tomorrow, being retired an'all that :-)

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  10. Dunno Dylan - don't RR's explode these days? Isn't that what Qantas use? Maybe they don't look after them!

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  11. Geoff:

    be like Icarus, but use super glue instead of wax. I don't think super glue melts in the sun

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Icarus

    Just find a tall cliff, and I'll be happy to give you a BIG push

    You can thank me later

    bob
    Riding the Wet Coast

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  12. Bob: you're uncannily accurate! If you look back a long way in my blog, you'll see that my drag bike was called Icarus. This was because my dad said I was playing with fire and I'd get burned. Apparently, nothing has changed!

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  13. It will never be a motorcycle replacement as long as there are no flames or skulls painted on it.

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  14. Canajun: Would you like to re-phrase that?

    "It will never be an H-D as long as there are no flames or skulls painted on it." ;-)

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  15. Sure does Ken. There's huge interest from the military in various countries which seems rather a shame to use it in that way. If we ever win Lotto.....

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  16. Exactly what I am looking for as a commuter vehicle. Sigh... I still daydream of ultralights with vertical lift. :)

    Thanks for igniting the passions again. :) LOL

    -Lori

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  17. Lori,
    Well, commercial production is only a year or so away. Just keep it in mind if you win the national lottery! Or maybe you could volunteer for an extended field test :-)

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  18. Was shown this the other day: BMW powered Hovercraft. This might be a better choice. :)

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  19. Lori - thanks so much for that, simply brilliant! Looks similar to those things the Imperial Stormtroopers rode in Star Wars!

    Here's another Kiwi invention I'd happily own: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTM8rcA7c04

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