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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Knowing the Mach Ness Jet Bike Concept

Arlen Ness's initial interest in building the Jet Bike occurred while he was watching Jay Leno rode one into an event in LA and up to the Ness truck. At that time he thought, "This is cool. I've got to have one," but after hearing it cost over $250,000. So he decided to build his own.
Mach Ness Jet Bike concept. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1WvNesH)
Barry Cooney found the jet engine, as used in helicopters, for sale on the internet. Knowing it would work, Arlen bought the turbine and set out to fit it into an old Ness frame that he cut. With a shaft coming out the end and no transmission required, Arlen used a sing chain to deliver power to the rear wheel. A clutch fitted to disengage the engine as required.
Front three quarter of Mach Ness Jet Bike concept. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1WvNesH)
Because two 12-volts marine batteries needed to generate 24 volts needed for starting the turbine, Arlen decided to mount an electric motor with a friction drive in front of the rear wheels so that he could easily move the bike in a situation where he didn't want to start the jet. To stop the motorcycle quickly, two six-piston caliper brakes with 13-inch rotors are mounted on the front and one in back.
Right side view of Mach Ness Jet Bike concept. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1WvNesH)
All other working parts come from the Ness catalog, Arlen's goals for bike was to create a long and low look which keeps the jet theme compared to other jet-powered motorcycle have been built as sport bikes.

Here are several detailed pictures of the Mach Ness Jet Bike Concept. (All pictures taken from: http://bit.ly/1WvNesH)



He loved the sound but doesn't think the engine is quite interesting to expose. To achieve this, Bob Munroe hand made an all-aluminum body that looks like the body of a jet and Carl Brouhard painted faux graphics were so detailed, it seems rust has built up behind the painted rivets from so many flight hours!
With the afterburner flames shooting back ten feet, Arlen is ready to move forward. As we knew, this one-off Mach Ness jet bike not for sale...it's just a concept motorcycle. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | ARLEN NESS]
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