Monotrack Bikes Are Awesome
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We'd love to see more creative projects like this one...
Unfortunately, enthusiasm for motorcycles in North America seems to be waning with every decade. The peak was probably the 1920s, and after a century of cooling, it sometimes seems like many people regard two- or three-wheeled transportation as just a death wish and nothing more. That's why we're always looking for creative bike builds.
There's no shortage of choppers with all manner of over-the-top styling. It's been around for a long time. While they certainly have a place in motorcycle culture, they've been made to death. However, these monotrack bikes are just the kind of fresh, interesting build that really piques our interest.
Sure, you could think of this as just a giant belt sander with a seat, and you wouldn't be wrong in that assessment. After all, it uses the same principles and general layout as the power tool - and what's so bad about that? Sometimes the best ideas are some of the simplest, especially since many people could imitate them or even use them as a basis for more developed ideas.
The first we know of was created by the Make It Extreme YouTube channel. The way they designed it, the monotrack allows the rider to sit back and basically pop and endless wheelie. Or the driver can lead ahead and ride on what some would call the "right" way, you know, for safety reasons and whatnot.
The video more or less walks you through the process of how this thing was made. Sure, it's not a complete guide, but if you're handy enough you can find out. You might even realize that there are better ways to build that monotrack bike, something others seem to have taken on.
We were able to dig up a few videos of other monotrack bikes on YouTube that we can't help but feel were inspired by Make It Extreme. One is from the XenonJohn channel and it's an electric mono track with a similar layout. However, it's not nearly as loud as the original.
If what you want is rowdy, there's a Russian-built tank-track monotrack bike out there that looks like US Special Forces could use it. Not only does it promise the ability to handle some rough trails, it also comes with a canister on the back so you don't get stranded during an expedition. We think this is an idea that could be further refined into something even better.
Make It Extreme has come up with some other really innovative designs for all sorts of things, including motorcycles. They built a wild monowheel bike a few years ago that really made people stop and notice. Last year the channel also showed a small, one-wheel motorcycle trailer. Drift trikes, a stretch bike and an endobike with one big wheel and two much smaller wheels behind it were all featured on the channel. It all just goes to show if you're willing to think outside the box, and if you have good crafting skills there are endless crazy builds at your disposal.
We're not advocating for a bunch of monotrack bikes to take over the city streets—that would be dangerous and stupid. But these would be great for off-road applications, whether on a track or elsewhere. Also, they could inspire kids to try dirt bikes and so on.
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