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March 16, 2005, 12:21 PM

Environmentally minded British motorcycle engineers have produced a zero-emission bike that ticks all the right boxes except one -- it's too quiet.

So quiet in fact that its designers are looking to introduce artificial vroom to keep potential customers happy. Powered by a high pressure hydrogen fuel cell, the Emissions Neutral Vehicle (ENV) produces the equivalent noise of a personal computer fan belt.


Not only is that distinctly wimpish in the eyes of many bikers, it could also be dangerous.


Makers Intelligent Energy are looking at ways to produce an artificial engine noise that will alert people to its presence, making sure the machine is not silent and deadly.


"We will consider that," said Nick Talbot, the project leader at Seymourpowell, who were hired by Intelligent Energy to design a bike to their brief.


The British designed and built bike, which has no gears, can reach speeds of 50 miles per hour.


Motorcycle enthusiasts have welcomed the green innovation but say some bikers like the roar of an engine and the thrill of going fast.


"It fits the definition of a motorcycle, but not as we know it," said Jeff Stone, a spokesman for the British Motorcycle Federation.


"The motorcycle is a primitive thing and it appeals to the inner person. The excitement and exhilaration of a bike is why people ride them."


Stone, however, believes that the "soft and cuddly" green bike could be useful in city traffic.


The bike's briefcase-sized fuel cell needs to be topped up every 100 miles and so far there is only one station in Britain that supplies the type of hydrogen required.


But its makers believe that will change.


"The whole point of the project is to say the technology is here, it works, so now put the infrastructure up," said Talbot
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The engineers should just put a D&D pipe on the bike. They will have enough noise!
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March 16, 2005, 12:29 PM

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The engineers should just put a D&D pipe on the bike. They will have enough noise!
hard to make noise with water!


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March 16, 2005, 12:31 PM

nice piece, i have a friend at MIT. He was telling me about this design they are working with electric motors.


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March 16, 2005, 12:34 PM

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The engineers should just put a D&D pipe on the bike. They will have enough noise!
hard to make noise with water!
lol
like 6 years ago Honda wanted the GSX i think its called to sound like the Ferrari, so they recorder the sound of it and had it work with a computer so according to the speed you were traveling , the computer would know what sound to play on its exterior speakers.
that was a nice idea until Ferrari sued the hell out of them.


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