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.
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Stafford Classic Bike Show - 3-4 JULY 2021SATURDAY TICKETS NOW SOLD OUT! GET SUNDAY TICKETS FAST!
The biggest and best classic bike show in the World is still going ahead despite the continuing stage three restrictions. The Stafford Classic Bike Show, normally held in April will be running on July 3-4 at the Staffordshire County Showground and will be operating in line with the government guidance.
Tickets for the event must be bought in advance at www.classicmagazines.co.uk or by calling 01507 529529. Ticket numbers are limited for both Saturday and Sunday and will no longer be available when the maximum capacity is reached for attendance.
Saturday tickets have now sold out, limited Sunday tickets available only - Buy Now!
Visitors are urged to buy their ticket as quickly as possible to avoid disappointment and are reminded that they will not be able to buy on the day. If a ticket has not been purchased in advance, they will not be able to enter the show. Prices are held at £13 each.