The “Flike” Flying Bike: Own One For $200k!
This Is The Incredible Flike Flying Motorcycle
Updated August 16, 2018
Introducing the “Flike” the world’s first commercially available flying bike. Sort of. Well, it’s more of a tricopter than a bike, just like most things we call drones are in actual fact called quadcopters – now we’ve pleased the flight nerds by using the proper terminology, we can move on. Anyway, the Flike is the brainchild of a Hungarian businessman named Balazs Kerulo, who was trawling through the internet one day and stumbled across something in a comments section that insisted that a drone (quadcopter) would never be able to carry a human being. This caught Kerulo’s attention, and like a red rag to a bull, he decided to prove the anonymous commenter wrong…
Many motorcyclist will agree that zooming along on two wheels is the closest thing you can get to flying, but what if you could really fly? Well, our man in Hungary has done the math, and he’s got a working prototype on display. It’s still a long way off from becoming a production model, but it’s definitely on the right track. They’ve got the engineers, they’ve got the brains, they’ve got the motivation, and hell, they’ve even got the funding.
Powered by a hybrid engine that controls three pairs of independent rotors, the Flike will be capable of reaching speeds of up to 62 mph, a maximum height of 30 meters (thanks to sensible limitations) and offer riders a flight time of up to an hour. That’s pretty impressive.
You’ll have to upgrade your license though. You won’t be able to fly one of these with your usual motorcycle paperwork. In fact, operators will need to get a microlight pilot’s license…You’ll also need some serious cash too. According to the website: “Upon its debut in 2016, Flike will be a luxury toy. Its price will be comparable to sports cars’. This is a sort of rocket science, therefore it costs accordingly. Just like automobiles, in those old days.”
Or, if you’re still serious and need some specifics, this the real cost: “Based on its model and equipment, your Flike will cost around 200.000 USD. Final price lists will be issued a few weeks before the official sales opening. A serial number will be issued upon a (fully refundable) 5000 USD deposit. Your serial number is the allocated production slot of your Flike. Four months before delivery, all specifications will get fixed, and a pro-forma invoice for 50% will be issued. The remaining 50% will be due upon delivery.”
Even if you’ve got the cash and the license, where the hell are you going to park it? That’s what’s bugging me…