Charley Cameron

Insane Russian Attack Bike is Powered by a Chainsaw

by , 03/13/12

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Other than the fact that it was constructed in Russia, we aren’t entirely sure who’s responsible for this mean-looking chainsaw bike. While it may look like it’s designed for the sole purpose of cutting down everything in its path, the chainsaw’s motor does in fact power the front wheel of the bike. Apparently it’s not an uncommon practice – there’s a few instructional videos, and even an instructable out there for attaching a chainsaw motor to your bike, and with a 49cc engine or higher, it looks as though you can get a decent speed going. (If you lack a spare chainsaw, a weed wacker or any other small engine can do the job).

A common thread through all the other versions we’ve seen? The recycled motors tend to power the back wheel, and generally the other working parts of the original appliance — such as blades —  are removed before the motor is hooked up to the bike. And while we can be absolutely certain that this insane Russian attack bike is in no way safe, we also can’t speak to the safety of making your own motorbike either — if you’re dubious of trying this, we might recommend seeking out a less DIY electric bike instead.

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4 Comments

  1. OutdoorFest December 1, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Obviously getting ready for the zombie apocalypse…

  2. contEinar April 10, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    The bicycle is mans most perfect invention, absolutely no change in a hundred years!
    Every attempt on motorising is only lazyness!
    The world needs to use less energy! PEDAL POWER!
    There exists no such thing as an environmental friendly car.

  3. sicsok March 29, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    I WOULD NEVER DARE TO GET NEAR THAT BICYCLE MUCH LESS TO RIDE IT!

  4. tahrey March 12, 2012 at 10:17 am

    It’s basically a rather strange variant on the old VeloSolex is it not. Mainly because the drive to the front wheel is by chain rather than roller (fair enough – the chainsaw has a built in clutch after all). There are enough bikes with motorised front wheels rather than rears.

    I wonder if it’s made for russian loggers to get to and from work? When they get there, just dismount the bike drive chain, undo the mount bolts and off you go with your chainsaw ready to cut down some trees. Similar to how I’ve seen mediterranean farmers use devices that look very much like self propelled walk-behind cultivators as the power units for traditional horsecarts, making them into impromptu low-speed (about 5-10mph, not that big an issue if you’re only going a few miles one way at the start of the day, then the same going back at the end) road-going tractor-trailer units.

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