Monster Motorbike: Be Afraid
Motoring Channel Staff - 30/January/2008
The Monster Motorbike is doing its part for the
good of Australian motoring: crushing Camiras
This Western Australian monster will be
one of the 'biggest' attractions at MIMS
Melbourne, Australia — Monster
trucks are cool. They're automotive overkill of highest order: insanely
powerful, ridiculously oversized 4WDs that both adults and kids alike
dream about driving.
Mainly because they can crush cars.
But a monster bike?
it's not Christmas yet, but ex-stuntman Ray Baumann has dropped a huge
gift onto the Melbourne Motor Show with the Monster Motorbike from
And yes, it can crush cars - such as lurid yellow Holden Camiras.
mind-bogglingly huge Monster Motorbike will be displayed at the 2008
Melbourne International Motor Show (MIMS), and is powered b a Detroit
Diesel truck engine that outputs an ungodly amount of torque.
Baumann's creation weighs about 10 times that of a normal family car at
13.6 tonnes, and measures close to 9 metres long and over 3 metres tall.
It's big, bad, and very loud.
super-heavy 10-foot high motorbike can crush cars in first gear, though
it has a 6-speed Allison automatic borrowed from a prime mover, just in
case you need to clock up some highway kilometers.
It also uses a 2-speed Eaton differential from a road
train to drive a massive chains on both sides of the spectacular rear wheel.
"We did stunt driving for quite a few years," says Baumann, "broke a few records and
broke my back a few times, so this is a way of taking a bit more care.
"Now we crush things, which is definitely less risky
than jumping them - we still do jump things, but not at the Melbourne
Motor Show," added Baumann.
not sure if the Monster Motorbike is capable of popping wheelies and
monos, but crushing Commodores is an impressive party trick.
Like the huge body and girder-like front swing-arms, the wheels on the Monster Motorbike are also larger than life.
got the huge wheels which tower over mere humans from Caterpillar. They
normally cost around $30,000 each, but they appear to be second hand
which would reduce the cost.
Normally used on
Caterpillar's mining trucks prevalent in Western Australia, where
they can cart around 300 tonnes of rubble, the wheels on the Monster
Motorbike have custom rims finished in white, which adds greatly
to the bike's aesthetic. As do the dripping blood decals.
The car crushing bike was built in Perth, and
Ray Baumann has spent three years developing the vehicle which
according to reports has already stunned spectators during its
early demonstrations out west.
If you do plan on heading to the Melbourne Motor Show, be careful where you park your car...