Russian-made Hover Bikes Could Be On Sale By Next Year!
The Plan Is To Make Their Crazy Hoverbike For Sale As Soon As 2019
Updated August 23, 2018
Thanks to investment from the Vnesheconombank, these Russian-made hover bikes could be on sale to the public by next year! Usually, this is the moment where the sensible among us should be saying “now, before you get excited” but this time, we’re going to be positive about this venture. We all knew that a mass-production hover bike was going to arrive at some point in the future, so why can’t it be within our lifetime?
The HoverBike S3 – The Future Of Hover Bikes?
According to the news, the Russian’s have been working on a flying motorcycle that could “revolutionize how we travel” – and thanks to the leaps and bounds being made in quadcopter and drone technology over the last few years, we think that statement could (quite literally) fly. At the moment, all we know is that the machine in question is called the HoverBike S3, and it’s being developed by a Russian firm called Hover Surf. They’ve got a working prototype, they’ve got the investment, but we don’t know their production schedule…or more importantly, what one of these babies is likely to cost. Early estimates from Hover Surf are putting the HoverBike S3 somewhere in the $40k – $78k department…expensive sounding, but quite affordable when you actually think about it.
The HoverBike S3 (Scorpion-3) has been caught on film before, but in the last video we shared with you it was being tested indoors in a controlled environment. In this new bit of footage, we can see it flying completely unaided as it makes its way down the start/finish straight of the Moscow Raceway. It seems to have impressed spectators, because Hover Surf’s president, Alexander Atamanov, revealed that the company has already received pre-orders from the Middle East and Asia for his company’s hover bikes.
Mr. Atamanov mentioned that the although the hover bikes are still in testing, they’re completely safe to ride. He told the UK’s Daily Mirror newspaper: “We are so confident in our developments that I am ready to convince everyone that it is already safe and it can be used for extreme sports, for races, for competitions.” It might be safe enough, but we’d still be happier with a set of guards around those rotors… In the event of a crash, those blades probably go through bone like butter… But apart from that, we’re sold on these hover bikes…
Russia’s Vnesheconombank is 100% behind the idea and has laid down some serious investment to see the flying motorcycle future come into fruition. While there has been talk of next year being a possible release date, we imagine that the industry still has a way to go before consumer-ready hover bikes are widely available. Flying motorcycles are coming though. But would you want one?