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Strangely enough I was thinking about how to do slot-car bikes while reading Fast Bikes mag yesterday!

Trouble is though how will they look like bikes when running? Any natural lean in corners will be the wrong way and superbikes don't tail slide very often...

I've seen some dirt bikes for HO track and they were quite clever. The running gear was a conventional HO chassis in a track-coloured box. The bikes were moulded on top with the front wheel solid mounted and the rear wheel free to swing so that the bike drifted speedway style through corners. This was a bit of a trick really though as neither bike wheel was 'real'.

I'd be very interested to see these.

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I had a think about how slotbikes could be achieved while I was bored at work this afternoon. (This is just one way I could envisage it working, I'm not alluding to secret knowledge or anything!)

Bikes are chain-driven right? So they have a big gear on the rear wheel. If this was a crown gear, then a little motor could be concealed inside the cowling/under the fuel tank and drive the crown through a propshaft - and of course Hornby have just released a front-engined, propshaft driven car (the Tuscan). Of course there would be a visible pinion but if this was discreet, say black instead of the usual white, then that wouldn't be too much of a problem.

We already know the blade will sit between the two wheels.

As for the tilt, I just can't see how they will achieve that. Perhaps they won't tilt and the bikes will be moulded already in a 'getting the knee down' pose which would certainly make them more stable as they would be wider. They'd then look right going through half the corners and wrong through the others.

How do those little RC bikes handle it?

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QUOTE (jonny s @ 15 Jan 2004, 03:03 PM)On the issue of speed the CVRT Scimitar or Scorpion light tank can do 75 MPH on the road.
Couldn't see how fast I was going when I got to play in a Scorpion.... waaayyy too tall to drive tanks so couldn't see the dials since the horizontal surface was in the way! Managed to accelerate quick enough to make my mate (in the commanders position) slip off that silly bit of metal you stand on and gash his legs open! Then the b****** did it to me when it was his turn to drive...

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