Named the ‘Force of Nature,’ this steam rocket bike was designed and manufactured by Graham Sykes Performance Engineering Ltd. The bike is a steam-powered ‘Rocket’ motorcycle for drag racing, exhibitions and land speed record-breaking. Its uses the latent energy of super-heated pressurised water released through De-Laval nozzles where it turns to steam and creates the thrust to propel the bike forwards.
The design brief was to create a drag racing bike like no other. Build quality to rival NASA, whilst promoting its green credentials. A unique spectacular and eye-catching drag bike utilising basic steam principles applied through Graham’s innovative custom engineering and design. No proprietary motorcycle parts were to be used unless they were deemed un-improvable!
So, how exactly does this bike work you may ask?
A stainless steel cylinder forms the structural backbone of the bike and contains 50 litres of distilled water. A hollow tube runs through the centreline of the vessel allowing a 60kw bio-fuel burner to be attached to hear the water. After approximately 1 hour the temperature of the water inside the vessel will have risen to 250 degrees C and the pressure to 40 Bar (approx. 600 Psi)
What of Graham Sykes?
Graham Sykes designed and produced all of the prismatic parts on a Hurco vertical machining centre, mostly from DXF files output from AutoCAD and input directly in the machines proprietary Ultimax CNC system. Graham is the holder of five motorcycle land speed records were he reached the eye-watering speeds of 181.39 mph on his V8 powered drag bike.
By Tom Ashmore|2018-09-22T08:00:14+01:00September 22nd, 2018|News|Comments Off on STEAM ROCKET BIKE TO APPEAR AT STAFFORD
The popular Classic Bike Guide Winter Classic motorcycle show, due to be held at Newark Showground on January 8/9 2022, has been cancelled.
The current surge in Omicron cases across the UK and Europe, and the Government’s predicted “tidal wave of infections” in January, have been the deciding factor for the organisers, Mortons Media Group Ltd. with the safety of everyone being the number one priority.
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Stafford Classic Bike Show Cancelled
Due to the worsening situation and rising infection rate of Covid-19, Mortons Media Group has reluctantly taken the decision to cancel the Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics show, planned for October 10-11 at Stafford County Showground.
This long-established event has always been a firm favourite with motorcycle enthusiasts from all over Europe, and with the increase of cases worldwide, Mortons feels this is the safest thing to do, for the well-being of visitors and traders. Not only is the show a highlight in the event calendar, it is also a strong social event for visitors at the show, with people naming a ‘day out with their friends’, as one of the top three reasons for going. Given the current restrictions with the ‘rule of six’, and the increasing localised lockdowns nationwide, Mortons believes this is the most responsible course of action to take.
The Stafford Shows will continue in 2021, with the popular Carole Nash International Classic MotorCycle Show scheduled to take place over the weekend of April 24-25. The team will be looking to bounce back by putting on the biggest and best show of its kind in order to celebrate its 40th anniversary. Meanwhile Mortons will continue to hold regular outdoor autojumbles at Newark showground and Kempton Park, as currently planned.