This would be a great application for an "H" tail, or one where extended tips to the horizontal stabilizer are "bent" upwards into vertical tails. Gets the vertical stabilizer area out from the turbulent flow field tumbling off the pilot.Needs about 2X the dihedral angle in the tail IMHO.
Nothing against John Moody, but Homer IS the father of ultralights.A lot of the "motorcycle-ish" features are styling, not engineering requirements. That's easier to get away with in a land vehicle than an aircraft, where form normally follows function, with minor corporate styling cues (e.g. the rudder shape of a De Havilland, or Mooney, or Cessna). But for "aerial motorbike" performance, a Kolb Ultrastar flown by Homer Kolb:
Yeah, I was too lazy to shop that part as well.Needs about 2X the dihedral angle in the tail IMHO.
If you use an inverted inline two-cylinder engine the nose would still be as narrow as that of an actual motorcycle.
Here I tweaked that earlier cool pic into something flyable.
The engine fairing also protects the legs and you have everything mounted on the main structural beam running the length of the craft under the seat.
It doesn't need to look like handlebars, that was a leftover from when it was a flying (real) motorcycle. I can see that this style has been made and drawn by thousands of people for hundreds of years, but it hasn't caught on so I retract my proclamation to start manufacturing them =)I like it! Very similar to the ZJ Viera, but tweaked enough to give it more of a motorcycle aspect.
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BTW... Just because we are after the motorcycle mystique, I think we can still go for conventional controls. If you want it to look like handlebars, add a fairing and put a throttle on the left side and short-grip stick on the right.
Of course styling is more limited for aircraft than cars, more in the past than now since auto makers are now concerned with efficiency.A lot of the "motorcycle-ish" features are styling, not engineering requirements. That's easier to get away with in a land vehicle than an aircraft, where form normally follows function, with minor corporate styling cues (e.g. the rudder shape of a De Havilland, or Mooney, or Cessna).
Oh all right. Razafrazzin' picky audience...The post #85 pic is looking good. But best of all I like her exposed boobs. Or is that just me?
Don't be lazy now - let's see it with decent tail feathers. I think it might be a winner...
Thank you.Good work.
However, as a motorcycle rider I would never ever buy a bike with a front wheel spinning in front of me, we usually like the rear wheel to be spinning behind us.
Thus the idea of a pusher like the Kolb in the video Dana posted and the 'original' picture of the ladybike seems better, at least to me. If you keep the original drawing, elongate the fuselage and install the wing high as on the Kolb, it could be a great little aircraft with little modifications to do.
Maybe something with this kind of layout but with a smaller fuselage..?
Oh all right. Razafrazzin' picky audience...Duncan