This article was published on June 24, 2022

This weird-looking motorcycle can ride on roads AND rail tracks

Maintenance workers don't have to walk long distances to inspect railway tracks


This weird-looking motorcycle can ride on roads AND rail tracks
Ioanna Lykiardopoulou
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Ioanna Lykiardopoulou

Ioanna is a writer at SHIFT. She likes the transition from old to modern, and she's all about shifting perspectives. Ioanna is a writer at SHIFT. She likes the transition from old to modern, and she's all about shifting perspectives.

It goes without saying that railway maintenance is crucial, but most workers have to walk long distances to inspect and fix faulty lines — which reduces both efficiency and safety.

Artist Heqi Wang has come up with a unique solution to this problem. He has designed a dual-utility electric motorbike that can easily hop on railway tracks and function as a stylish ride on regular roads as well.

Meet the Railway Motorcycle:

Railway Motorcycle
Credit: London International Creative Competition

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The bike’s design is fantastically futuristic. It comes with hubless wheels and, unlike regular motorcycles, its long wheel-base is shifted towards the front, rather than the rear.

In railway mode, the side sliding panels move to latch on the rails. Plus, its bright orange color helps it stand out in dimly-lit underground railways.

Railway Motorcycle
Credit: London International Creative Competition

In road mode, the rider simply needs to move the sliding panels back to their upwards position. To maintain balance during sharp turns at high speeds, the bike’s electric motor is placed at its center.

You can check out how it works in the video below:

 

 

Unfortunately, the Railway Motorcycle is just a concept for now, but it’s great to see design ideas that address practical needs in a sustainable and stylish way. Fingers crossed it’ll someday reach production.

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