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Solar Flyer: DIY Solar Motorcycle Tops 90MPH

Posted By Ariel Schwartz On May 12, 2009 @ 10:00 am In Green Transportation,Innovation | No Comments

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The Arizona sun is strong–so strong that one Phoenix man is using it to power up his motorcycle. Richard Gryzch’s Solar Flyer motorcycle [2], named after the Radio Flyer [3] red wagon, has a 50 mile range and can supposedly top 90 MPH. The inventor is so sure of his bike [4] that he sold a home and a number of other motorcycles to finance it.


Gryzch doesn’t provide many details about the workings of the Solar Flyer, but the bike [5] appears to have flexible solar panels [6] coating its outer skin. No word on how long the panels take to charge the bike [7], but it’s safe to assume the Solar Flyer takes many hours to juice up completely. In the future, the inventor hopes to develop a solar-powered bike with a 300 mile range.

The Solar Flyer isn’t the first solar-powered [8]motorcycle to come along in recent months. Prometheus Solar founder Jim Corning has developed [9]a model with a 50 mile range [10]that can go up to 70 MPH.

Via Autobloggreen [11]

Photos via iReport [12]

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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/?p=28659

[2] motorcycle: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/02/10/aerocivic-by-mike-turner/

[3] Radio Flyer: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radio_Flyer

[4] bike: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/02/05/mission-one-motorcycle-by-fuse-project/

[5] bike: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/12/30/top-ten-green-transportation-trends-2008/

[6] solar panels: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/05/08/residence-passive-solar-cascade-house/

[7] bike: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/04/29/no-more-gas-myers-motors-at-well-tech-in-milan/

[8] solar-powered : http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/05/07/energy-101-how-to-monitor-your-energy/

[9] developed : http://www.autobloggreen.com/2008/09/29/altcar-2008-prometheus-solar-powered-electric-motorcycle/

[10] range : http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/10/06/elv-motors-vkm-50-hybrid-scooter/

[11] Autobloggreen: http://www.autobloggreen.com/2009/05/06/phoenix-man-taps-into-the-sun-with-his-diy-solar-motorcycle/

[12] iReport: http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-80139

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