Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Dandridge (Near Knoxville), TN, USA
Yes, Gyro Copters have been around since the 1940's, quite a few different versions have come out over the years. Benson was popular in the 50's-60's, still quite a few of them flying.
Kinda strange that anyone would ever call it a "motorcycle" though, even in the broadest sense of the word. About the only thing that even resembles a motorcycle in any way is the front wheel.
I do not know the reasons that Gyro-copters have not caught on better, but many sources of kits and plans have come and gone over the past few decades, with very few now available.
I do not think one could EVER be licensed to ride on highways though, it would never be able to maintain reasonably consistent speeds on the ground, and acceleration when traffic speed changes would be inadequate. Not to mention that prop spinning with no cage around it.
I don't want to achieve immortality through my work...I want to achieve it through not dying.
EX: '01 Black LT, BAT BYKE (Totaled at 110,000 miles)
IBA SS, BB, BBG, 10/10ths.
No bike now, but maybe in the future.