German Motorcycle Enthusiast Customizes Bike With Airplane Engine

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Red Baron Airplane Bike

Frank Ohle, a German motorcycle enthusiast, spent the last 18 months creating the ultimate two-wheel power machine.  His custom-built motorcycle is powered by an actual airplane engine and seems like something that would’ve come out of the popular 90’s sitcom Home Improvement.  I can just hear the iconic Tim Taylor grunt often heard on the show.  What makes this real life beast even better is the fact that with all that power, the bike seems to run without error.

The motorcycle packs a 150-horsepower, nine cylinder, Rotec Radial R3600, which is often used as a replacement engine for some World War 1-era airplanes.  One look at this bike and you will see that Ohle loves power.  If you thought those Harleys passing by were loud, just imagine the noise coming from what Frank Ohle calls the “Red Baron”.

As an added touch, Ohle even included a mini propeller to the front of the engine to make it more obvious that this isn’t your ordinary motorcycle engine.  As you’ll see from the video below, the propeller is just a cosmetic touch and adds no functionality to the bike itself.


Sources: CNET

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