Rotary engine bike

MHV Megola 01 500x354 Rotary engine bike Technology

The Megola had a unique design: it boasted a Monosoupape rotary engine mounted within the front wheel. The engine contained five cylinders with side-mounted valves and it displaced 640 cc (39 cu in), a total size equivalent to many modern bikes. The crankshaft was the front axle, which remained stationary while the cylinders rotated with the wheel. A hand-controlled butterfly valve was located in the hollow crankshaft to regulate throttle. Power output was a meagre 14 bhp (10 kW) but was applied directly to the wheel. This arrangement produced a very low centre of gravity and provided for excellent handling.

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7 Responses to Rotary engine bike

  1. Now a bike, how exciting. Oh look, it has an engine and moves.

  2. SO a roatry thing is a thing whut rotates

  3. Too much testosterone today. Ick.

  4. tbh i am getting a bit tired of this aswell, but only because i click the wiki links and then once on the wiki i click more links.

    rotary engines are pretty neat. why were they abandoned again?

  5. Because Henry Ford made his cars with standard piston engines cheaper and a bit more reliable. The rest is history. Kudos to Mazda for keeping the rotary alive.

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