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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Car or Motorcycle? No it's Bi-Autogo!

When we hear the word of 'V8 engine,' our memory immediately imagined an engine with V configuration and has 4 cylinders on each banks, then maybe you immediately imagine a musclecar that uses a machine with a large cubication. But it seems, this time you are wrong to imagine that the vehicle is a car, did you know the first vehicles used a V8 engine? It's a motorcycle like a car or vice versa. It's clearly, the first vehicles used V8 engine was named Bi-Autogo.
The Bi-Autogo was a prototype American motorcycle, built in 1913 by Detroit artist & engineer James Scripps-Booth. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1arPvO)
As reported by the Time magazine, the Bi-Autogo was essentially a two-wheeled vehicle. It designed from 1908 to 1912, and built as a prototype in 1913 in Detroit by an artist and engineer James Scripps-Booth. The vehichle supported by a wooden wheel diameter of 94 cm (37 inches). Because it has a very heavy weighting, ie 1,451 kg (3,200 lbs), so it also pinned the small extra wheels on both sides which was serves to help prop up the vehicle at a low speed so as not overturned.
The Bi-Autogo in its heyday. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1arRH5)
It using aluminum body, as well as already using the steering wheel like a car. Bi-Autogo also listed as the first vehicle which put the horn button is integrated with the steering wheel plus the folding armrest for the first time on a vehicle.

The vehicle which is decorated a series of copper pipe was using a machine with a very large cubication, ie 6,300 cc. But the limitations of technology in that time, makes it just can generate power by 45 hp (33.5 kW).

As quoted of the Autoblog, just one was built and it's currently on loan to the Owls Head Transportation Museum from the permanent collection of the Detroit Historical Museum as well as it was recorded in the 50 Worst Car of All Time by Time magazine in 2007.

Kept spur your adrenaline on the power of two-wheeled monster and stay alive with the true safety riding. God will forgive Your sins.... *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | TIME | AUTOBLOG]
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