Video: jet-powered Raleigh shopper

Do NOT try this at home. Or anywhere else.

by Dave Atkinson   June 7, 2013  

Colin Furze jet bike

We've seen some interesting and scary bikes of late. There's the French rocket bike, for example. And the Los Angeles tall bike too. But we're not we've ever seen anything as pant-smearingly terrifying as this for a good long while.

Colin Furze has some form when it comes to mad building projects. He's built himself a wall of death out of old pallets and plywood, for example, and has plenty of other dangerous projects under his belt. This project is based around two things: a pulse jet, which is a simple but frightening method of propulsion in this instance powered by a propane cylinder; and a Raleigh Shopper, which is a simple but entirely unsuitable bicycle. Put them together and you have a chariot capable of shooting massive jets of flame, and also reaching 50mph or more.

50mph isn't world record pace, but neither is it a speed we'd like to pilot a Raleigh Shopper at on even the very finest tarmac, let alone a bumpy disused airfield (although later on that looks suspiciously like an open road... wonder what tax band a pulse jet bicycle would fall into?) but Colin's not a big one for safety equipment. Although he does like a tie.

Enjoy!

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What a guy Big Grin . YouTube channel duly followed for inspiration/envy.

posted by jellysticks [64 posts]
7th June 2013 - 12:53

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Still looks safer than 4th Cat circuit racing.

posted by CliveB [18 posts]
7th June 2013 - 13:01

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Outstanding!

posted by Huw Watkins [41 posts]
7th June 2013 - 13:18

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If ever there was a guy who NEEDS to guest on Top Gear, it's him - what a character!

posted by crazy-legs [436 posts]
7th June 2013 - 14:58

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Devil Devilishly Good My Boy !

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posted by Lance Bumstrong [20 posts]
7th June 2013 - 15:28

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No helmet. And I bet he went through a red light. Bloody cyclists.

Edgeley

posted by Edgeley [150 posts]
7th June 2013 - 16:49

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The maniacal laughing is, well, maniacal. I suppose the whole thing is.

posted by bobbylama [12 posts]
7th June 2013 - 16:54

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First Digital EPO, now this? Surprise

posted by spaceyjase [48 posts]
7th June 2013 - 17:20

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...in fact, did this one ever get posted?

Rocket Power!

posted by spaceyjase [48 posts]
7th June 2013 - 17:23

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Yes, we did that one a couple of weeks ago spaceyjase, in fact we were goint to ref it in this story nice anglo/gallic contrast in terms of bikes and erm, safety equipment.

http://road.cc/content/news/84301-video-263kmh-rocket-bike

Mind you the French fella is on a rocket, not sure what that would do to a Raleigh Shopper… Hang on, yes I am

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4111 posts]
7th June 2013 - 19:30

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Love the Doodlebug noises - ride through the East End and watch the pensioners dive for cover Devil

Make mine an Italian with Campagnolo on the side

posted by monty dog [344 posts]
7th June 2013 - 22:11

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Can't help thinking boris missed a trick here

posted by kylemalco [31 posts]
7th June 2013 - 22:15

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Hats Off Chap.
Top Work.

posted by herohirst [50 posts]
7th June 2013 - 22:18

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This has been done 10 years ago by a guy in NZ.
http://www.interestingprojects.com/

..and he got persecuted by their tax dept, he says because of this:
http://www.interestingprojects.com/cruisemissile/

posted by wqlava1 [2 posts]
8th June 2013 - 8:58

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wot a nutter, great stuff!

posted by Karbon Kev [652 posts]
8th June 2013 - 15:13

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His maniacal glee is what's compelling. Oh and that it's a 50mph jet powered shopper. Good work you lunatic.

posted by Ting [51 posts]
8th June 2013 - 21:37

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