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Eleven feet long and 150 lbs, the “Blackbird” is “a fully custom made electric recumbent chopper bicycle constructed of off-the-shelf parts from the hardware store” combined with scrap bike components, along with a commercial motor and battery. As for being super-charged, this bike is driven by a 36V DC motor capable of delivering 50 miles per charge at up to 20 MPH. If necessary, it can be switched off and instantly becomes a pedal-powered chopper! An array of cateyes, headlights, a pair of monkeylights, and even a singular spinning strobe light would definitely cause this machine to be confused with a UFO late at night!

The maker, Cat Woodmansee, says, “It is mad science, and is abundantly cool. But it is a serious transportation machine, totally practical.” Cat claims to have logged over 15,000 miles in daily commutes.

Find this “Blackbird” Super Cruiser at the forthcoming Maker Faire Bay Area. It’ll be parked in the west lot along with other electric cars and solar vehicles. See you there!

Nick Normal

Nick Normal

I’m an artist & maker. A lifelong biblioholic, and advocate for all-things geekathon. Home is Long Island City, Queens, which I consider the greatest place on Earth. 5-year former Resident of Flux Factory, co-organizer for World Maker Faire (NYC), and blogger all over the net. Howdy!

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  2. drcryllus on said:

    I would be all over this if my bike requirements have one thing first:
    this is not a good choice for that because it is, by name, a cruiser- ie a road only bike.
    yes i am quite aware of the incredible work that went into this, and applaud the creator.

    • Nick Normal on said:

      I see where you’re going with this… perhaps consider the advantage to an open-framed bike like this, is more useful when you want to quickly pull out a chainsaw from its holster and joust with a zombie blocking your path. As long as its not the kind of zombie whose blood also infects, the road only bike is probably preferred (unless you need to pedal to escape!).

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