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What’s a sure sign that you have too much time on your hands? Building a motorcycle powered by chainsaw engines, that’s what.
 
This is the DOLMETTE:
 
 
 
 
 
 

A whopping 24 DOLMAR chainsaw engines.
 
Not being a motor-head, I’m not exactly sure what that means. What I can tell you is that each engine is mounted via two threaded studs — the same ones that normally fit the guide bar onto the chainsaw motor. The motors are attached in sets of three with a double-sided drive belt.
  
 

Though I’ve never heard of it until now, the DOLMETTE has been around for a while. And it’s apparently pretty damned fast.

In 2004, it narrowly lost a race against an Audi AS400—on only 20 of its 24 engines. It seems that the back wheel of the bike can’t handle the amount of torque put out by the chainsaw engines, so the DOLMETTE had to start the race in third gear.
DOLMAR’s web site has more information concerning the specs of this odd machine—and it’s well worth a look.
by John Barker
 
 
 

 

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