The bike that runs on air

MATT CAMPBELL
Last updated 05:01 04/11/2011
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AIR-POWERED: The "O2 Pursuit" compressed air-powered motorbike.

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AIR-POWERED: The "O2 Pursuit" compressed air-powered motorbike.

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An Australian-designed motorcycle that runs purely on air has just been revealed.

The "O2 Pursuit" compressed air-powered motorbike has been designed by RMIT industrial design student Dean Benstead. Instead of a regular petrol powered engine, the O2 Pursuit uses an Australian-designed compressed air engine developed by EngineAir Australia.

The bike is about the size of a regular 250cc moto-cross two-wheeler, and uses a number of body components donated by Yamaha Australia.

Benstead says the concept offers motorbike riders some fuel for thought when it comes to filling up their rides.

"I wanted to explore the viability of compressed air as an alternative fuel, and my childhood experiences riding dirt bikes led me to design the motocross bike based around the Engineair engine," Benstead says.

He says his next model would likely take a different form, and would also use more high-tech lightweight parts to keep the weight down so it's "comparable to a heavy-duty mountain bike".

The bike will be on display at the Sydney Motorcycle and Scooter Show from November 25-27.

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