We have talked a lot about remarkable listings for automobiles on the site, including the ModJobs 2012 Mustang GT, the “flower-powered” DAF Daffodil, the “Czech Porsche” or Tatra T87, the wooden chassis Marcos GT, and even the turbine-powered Batmobile, but we hadn’t found a remarkable motorcycle to feature, at least not yet.
Enter the 1929 Custom Built Harley-Davidson Motorcycle:
This motorcycle is stunning to look at, and presumably very interesting to drive, seeing as it is powered by twin jet engines. This is not a 1929 Harley with jet engines slapped on, though.
The auction description sums it up best:
“THIS HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED AS THE FIRST AND ONLY TWIN ENGINE JET MOTORCYCLE IN THE WORLD. THE BIKE HAS BEEN BASED OFF OF A 1929 HARLEY BOARD TRACK RACER. BIKE SHOWS VERY WELL AND ITS OPERATING COST FOR A RUN IS LESS THAN 20 DOLLARS. BIKE GOES STRAIGHT AND IS A BLAST TO RIDE. WILL GUARANTEE TO RATTLE YOUR WINDOWS FOR AT LEAST A FIVE BLOCK RADIUS.”
The motorcycle reportedly cruises at over 200 mph, but the very thought of having a roaring jet-powered engine between your legs could be enough to send shivers up most people’s spines. In fact, some folks have called this the “ultimate suicide machine.” We can’t say we agree with that assessment, and imagine this machine could give us the ride of our lives.
The auction listing notes the motorcyle is based off of a 1929 Harley Davidson board track racer. We investigated this concept further.
In the first two decades of the 20th century, motorcycle racing took place on oval wooden tracks called board tracks. The board track was similar to the velodrome used for bicycle racing. The oval track was composed of steep sides, sometimes banked at a 45-degree angle. Unfortunately, the wooden boards often warped, making racing on these tracks extremely perilous. As motorcycles got faster, the crashes became more spectacular, with the lucky crash survivors only receiving multiple splinters all over their bodies. By the early 1930s, the practice of racing motorcycles on board tracks fell out of favor with motorsport enthusiasts, and eventually it stopped completely.
What a jet-powered motorcycle could do on one of these board tracks boggles the imagination. Our guess is that if you were to own this one-of-a-kind masterpiece, you would be better off racing it on the open road.
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