Day: December 29, 2020

The Pulse Autocycle Is Like An Airplane For The Open Road

As an aviation and motorcycle enthusiast, I’ve long wanted to combine my passions into one. Riding a motorcycle is fun, but riding a motorcycle that looks and feels like a plane? That sounds amazing. There have been a few of these concepts over the years, but the Pulse autocycle is probably the coolest to date.

What exactly is this thing? Initially called the Litestar, the Pulse was designed by an aircraft engineer, James Bede. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because Bede designed a bunch of sleek kit airplanes in the ’60s and ’70s, some of which were known for killing pilots. Remember that tiny jet from Goldfinger? That’s the BD-5J, one of the more successful BD models.

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Bede didn’t stop at airplanes. In the late 1970s he launched a sort of plane for the road, the BD-200. The

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