The old cabin cycle streamlined motorcycle is back, this time in the form of the MonoTracer, built by a company called Peraves. The completely enclosed shape drastically cuts down on drag and increases speed, but it seems like an incredibly claustriphobic space to be in. Plus, relying on those little training wheels to deploy during stop and go city traffic seems a bit more failure prone than just using my feet.
It looks like something Patrick McGoohan would drive in an episode of The Prisoner. There is no escape, Number Six.
It’s 130hp BMW engine and low drag can boost it from zero to 60 in about 5.7 seconds, and top it out at 155 mph, which, granted, is pretty cool. But at $82,350 dollars a pop, I’m thinking only Patrick McGoohan could even afford to splurge on one these days. Is he even still alive?
All of these pics and stats are taken from the MonoTracer Website
VEHICLE & BODY STRUCTURE
Self-supporting composite-monocoque made from glass-, kevlar- and carbon tissues bonded by epoxy-resin reinforced with crash and roll bars. Engine frame, steering head and stabilizer axles made from aircraft grade alloy steel. Front suspension Marzocchi 50mm USD-fork, rear Monolever shaft swingarm. Gull-wing-door with integrated sunroof, opening to the left. Glazing made from tinted PMMA in aviation quality. Baggage compartment of 200 Liters in the rear.
4 cylinder-in-line-BMW-K-engine 1171 ccm, 16 valves, liquid cooling.
Dry reinforced monodisc clutch. Sequential PG-gearbox with 4 forward speeds and electrically unlockable reverse, shifted by push-button-selector on left handlebar. Automatic clutch optional. Reinforced BMW-shaft drive. 3 brake discs 320 mm Ø with 4-piston-hydraulic calipers, fully integrated electronic ABS. Ceramic brake discs and brake pads, ASP anti spin control optional. Electrical stabilizer servo system, computer-supervised with cycle-time < 0,5 sec. Semi-automatic, hydraulically operated softmode system optional.
EQUIPMENT & ACCESSORIES
RECARO-contour-seats with 3-point-automatic-safety belts. Interior covers in high-tech-tissues and sound proofing padding. Air-conditioned + heated ventilation system of ample flow with intake air filter. GPS-RDS-4LSP-audio-system. Tempomat cruise control, frontal airbag, Bi-Xenon-lights, CD-players optional.
Empty weight: 460-485 kgs. depending on options Max. weight: 685 kgs. Tank capacity: 50 ltrs. / 14 USG Dimensions: L = 3,65 m B = 1,25 m (Stabilizers up) 1,40 m (down) H = 1,52 m Service: 25.000 km / 15‘000 miles or annually – whichever is first Engine: 96 kW / 130 HP at 8750/min, max. torque 117 Nm at 6750/min Motronic-controlled injection 3-way-catalytic converter. Acceleration: 0-100 kph = 5,7 sec. Top speed: > 250 kph. Brake distance: 100-0 = 43 m Turning circle between walls: 8.5 m Consumption(ISO 7118): 4,15 l/100km at constant 90 kph 5,05 l/100km at constant 120 kph