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Balamutti Yondu: An apocalyptic, supercharged Russian ice-racing trike

24/03/2020
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Balamutti Yondu

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Once a Ducati Hypermotard, Vitaliy Selyukov of Balamutti has vamped this supercharged, three- wheeled, ice- racing machine, perfect for today’s apocalyptic mood.

Inspired by the Speeder bikes from Return of the Jedi, Selykov took the engine and main trellis frame of a donor Hypermotard and set about making pretty much everything else himself.

The hideously brutal front end is effectively a double hub-center steering system on dual Sachs-suspended swingarms, the wheel pivoting on spherical roller bearings, controlled by dual steering dampers and rose-jointed articulating rods.

The wheel hubs, where they're not required to support swingarms and brake systems, are covered with convex reflective covers – except the rear hub, which is painted up to show some kind of galactic hellfire scene. The subframe is comically tiny, and holds aloft what appears to be a bicycle seat, leaving room for a particularly vicious-looking exhaust to rise up underneath.

Selyukov has apparently chopped a Garrett turbo to bits, yanked out the turbine and repurposed it as a crank-driven supercharger, building his own belt and pulley setup in order to blow a bit more life into an engine that makes less than 100 horses stock.

It cannot be denied that this ride looks like one for the bold. 

Selyukov plans to drag-race it on the ice at the Lake Baikal Mile. Godspeed, you marvelous maniac.

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