Dutch engineer builds motorcycle powered by methane

A Dutch engineer and artist has just completed a self-built bike that is powered completely by harvested methane from a local swamp!

The Sloot Motor (sloot meaning ditch in Dutch) is powered by a Honda GX160 four-stroke engine, and it’s a “quest on keeping the combustion engine alive in a fossil free future,”. To build the bike, Schalkx drilled a hole into the airbox to allow the methane to be sucked in. He then hooks a balloon (that looks more like a condom in the images) to the hole which fuels the engine.

In the first instance, the engine uses conventional petrol to fire, although once running it is totally powered by methane gas. Schalkx got after reading about a fisherman who used collected swamp methane to fry eggs, while out on the lake.

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