Born out of his wild imagination at first, industrial designer Dean Benstead could not believe that his “what-if” idea has now turn into something no one would ever think out in a market: a motorcycle run by air. Yamaha WR250R is nothing like your ordinary motorbike. With a scuba tank, this good-looking, two wheels is powered by nothing but air. Environmentally friendly as it sounds, Yamaha WR250R is an alternative-fuel bike that runs with an amazing speed at 60 mph, considering that it’s run only by a tank of compressed air.
Now popularly known as 02 Pursuit can even zoom past trees and has reportedly recorded a speed in mountains at surprising 87 mph. Not bad for an electric bike that does not need big heavy batteries to keep it going. One can also benefit from not wasting any time as this creation by a graduate of RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia does not need long re-charging waits and not worry about any future disposal of used batteries as he can enjoy a compressed-air engine and a scuba tanks can do the trick. This compressed-air engine is the DiPietro Air Engine developed by Engine Air Australia.
The novelty of Benstead’s creation has caught the attention of enthusiasts. It was included in the shortlist for the prestige James Dayson Award last year. It also created some buzz when Benstead showcased his O2 Pursuit at the Sydney Motorcycle and Scooter Show.
While this e-bike offers benefits not just to the environment but also to the end users who can save a lot of money on fuel, the story on how Benstead created O2 Pursuit is another thing.
According to wired.co.uk, Benstead began designing O2 Pursuit with a rotary air compression engine. From it was built a dirt bike. The industrial designer started this bike with a Yamaha WR250R before adding the one-of-a-kind scuba diving tank and a-25-pound compressed-air-engine to get the rear wheel going.
Beaming with pride, Benstead noted in a statement the importance of reengineering transportation system without affecting the environment.
“Living a world where people can commute in vehicles and have fun without impacting the environment in a scenario that seems unachievable and unimaginable – what if we could?” Benstead said , according to freerepublic.com.
Some have raised concerns however on the resources to sustain this motorbike. While it’s eco-friendly, critics claim that this invention may not sound as practical as it was imagined in the first place. Riders may not need gas, but power is needed to compress the air in the scuba tanks. Facilities to refill tanks and get the air stored may not have been developed as of yet.