Plumber builds longest bike
3 Août 2011
Colin Furze, a plumber from Stamford, England, has always been interested in pushing the envelope when it comes to two-wheeled creations. Furze has set his sights on the Guinness World record books by building a 22m long motorbike.
It took Furze a month to complete the behemoth, using one and a half 125cc mopeds, which he extended using an aluminium frame. The bike was built in three parts and sports 25 seats.
He rode the bike for more than 1.6km, which is ten times the distance that is required for world record attempts, at the Saltby Airfield. Furze commented that due to its length, steering was a problematic.
"When I first got on it, I thought it would never work and at slow speeds it's almost impossible to keep it upright," he said.
The bike can reach a top speed of 56km/h and Furze said riding the bike became easier the longer you rode it, but puts lots of strain on the riders arms due to its heavy steering.
"It is very difficult to handle and it would be hard to ride on the roads as you need about six widths of road to turn. I think it is really built for Roman roads," he added.
The only spanner in the works is that Furze did not contact the Guinness Book of Records authorities to showcase his work. The current record for the longest measured bike stands at 14m.
Having made the world's largest bonfire and the world's fastest mobility scooter, which he rigged to reach speeds of 110 km/h, he has also added a flamethrower to his motorbike. Who knows what he will do next?
Furze plans to send a video of the bike and signed witness statements to the Guinness authorities for verification.