Okay, now I feel like a jerk…

When I first saw this monstrosity for sale on Craigslist, I was ready to get all snarky on it and talk about what a horrible creation it was, what was this guy thinking, who would ever buy it, blah-de-blah-blah…
But then I followed the link in the ad to an interview with the builder and began thinking differently about it. Here was a guy with a painful back injury who came up with a very original, endearingly bizarre way to get back on two wheels (albeit two wheels that are far enough away from each other to routinely occupy different zip codes).

Suddenly, I’m not so willing to snark on the guy. Despite the outlandish wheelbase and shadetree-spec construction, his utilization of a big rig’s air-ride seat was genuinely inspired and successfully put him back in the saddle (figuratively speaking). This sort of creativity and determination to get back on two wheels deserves a respectful tip of the ol’ hoon-hat as far as I’m concerned.
For the two-grand asking price, it might even be a fun ride for a non-injured person…someplace where navigating tight corners is not required, such as out on the playa at Burning Man (it’s mutated enough to get in, no?), or I-80 across Nebraska. …Or it would be the perfect Bonneville pit bike, don’t ‘cha think?

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  1. SSurfer321 Avatar

    It's got the one thing missing on all bikes…ARMRESTS!

    1. JeepyJayhawk Avatar


    2. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
      Peter Tanshanomi

      Plus a dummy handlebar for the passenger!
      No more of those awkward "where do I rest my hands" moments for anybody.

      1. SSurfer321 Avatar

        It's missing the tv in the air suspension chair headrest. And really wouldn't the driver block enough air/bugs/debris to make the second windscreen unnecessary?

      2. P161911 Avatar

        In other words, a bike that two straight guys MIGHT be able to ride at the same time without feeling really odd, just looking odd.

  2. engineerd Avatar

    I tip my hat and raise my brefass scotch to the creator. He didn't let a physical impairment stop his hoonery. Instead, he found a way to adapt his ride of choice to his physical requirements. This, my friends, warms the cockles of my heart. Whatever those are.

  3. P161911 Avatar

    The guy could probably shave 75 pounds off the weight if he didn't use 0.25" thick wall receiver hitch tubing for the frame extension. Talk about over-built!
    Seems it would have been much easier to start with a big step through scooter.

  4. Slow Joe Crow Avatar
    Slow Joe Crow

    My first thought is that an old Honda Helix scooter would have been an easier base since a local eccentric has one with a high back bucket seat but there wouldn't be room for the air suspension, although stretching the scooter might have worked.

  5. ZomBee Racer Avatar

    Needs a wetbar.

  6. Stand_Man Avatar

    I love this thing. It's built to my standards

  7. Mary Mack Avatar

    Epic post 🙂 looking forward to reading more 😀