January 18, 2008 Hubless wheel pioneers Osmos list an array of compelling advantages for their wheel, among them decreased unsprung weight, reduced structural stress, improved braking, and reduced vibration but from a designer’s viewpoint, where the arresting visuals impact the brain like a sledgehammer, it’s that hole in the middle that counts the most. So if you want to make your custom motorcycle a genuine one-off and you have all the expertise in-house to build it, what else would you do? Inspired by a hubless motorcycle seen at Daytona, New Jersey-based Howards Killer Customs spent US$150,000 on this hubless custom to demonstrate its capabilities. We suspect it was money well spent.
The mechanism isn’t anything like Dominique Mottas’ patented Orbital wheel and much of the mechanicals are understandably being kept on the other side of the bike – quite a feat just the same. Find the full story here.
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Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks.
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