January 2000 Issue

The Motorized Option

Someone may yet invent the perfect foldable motorbike. The Di Blasi isn’t it.

In dusty corners of tee hangars all over this great land are the corroded remains of a variety of pilot toys—engine pre-heaters too complex to bother using, personal ramp tugs that couldn’t pull a cork out of a Cabernet, desktop kneeboards from the 30-seconds-over-Tokyo phase of our flying and the like.

More common than any other discarded artifact are the bones of portable conveyances designed to get pilots from airports to motels, beaches, appointments and assignations without recourse to rental cars or taxis. Folding bikes, motorized skateboards, model-airplane-engined Schwinns, collapsible mopeds, inflatable ATVs...well, maybe not inflatable ATVs, but certain...

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