It was oficially presented, and demonstrated, in Australia, at the MMS - Melbourne Motor Show, at the beginning of 2008. Standing at about 3 metres tall, the "Monster Motorbike from Hell" is powered by a scary Detroit Diesel motor hooked to a 6-speed Allison automatic transmission and Eaton differentials. Designed and built by Ray Baumann, a former stuntman, who got tired of hurting himself in dangerous stunts, the super motorbike weighs 13.6 tons, the equivalet to 10 small cars or to a bus. It's a total of 9 metres in length that took up three years of work, from the project to its execution. With a ridiculous ease, it can crush a car, as if it were a kid's toy. After all, it has two massive wheels, with a metre of diameter, and mind-boggling tyres from a gigantic Caterpillar machine, which, if they weren't second-hand, would have cost about $30.000 each.
Baumann's career is an unusual one, as he went from being a train conductor to a stuntman. His shows were breathtaking, with accidents, capsizes, jumps, skill demostrations and loads of courage, simply amazing. But according to him, after so many years of breaking many records and also many bones, it was time to do something that would stop him from destroying himself. The idea was to destroy other things. So, the next time you visit an automobile show or a fair of this kind, keep an eye for this fearless driver and, just as a precaution, park in the allowed areas only.
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