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Motorcycle Loading System

David Shelton

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Custom aviation motorcycles and loading systems for Cherokee 6, Lance, Saratoga or Seneca. A system of ramps and fixtures guide the motorcycle into the airplane and a built-in winch system does all the work. After landing, it takes just two minutes to remove the motorcycle, unfold the handlebars and ride away. Ground transportation solved!



Loading System Features:
TIG welded aluminum fixtures with powder coat finish.
Integral winch system, operated by a cordless drill.
Folding ramp and padded storage bag.
Protective spill pan with fuel absorbent mat.
Ratcheting tie-down straps connect to your seat belt buckles.



Custom Aviation Motorcycle:
These are custom motorcycles, built specifically to fit inside your airplane. Street-legal, two-place and highway performance (80mph). 225cc, 4-stroke, 6-speed, electric start. Weighs only 220 pounds dry. Compact design with folding handlebars, low-profile lights, lowered suspension, 16" wheels, etc. It also has a non-spill fuel system, carbon fiber fenders, quick-release front axle and other modifications. Decals can be customized to match your airplane.

Be one of the most mobile people in the world. Add ground transportation to your Cherokee 6, Lance, Saratoga or Seneca. Enjoy ground transportation at EVERY airport, visit new places and explore your destinations. Call David Shelton for more information, 847-651-4373. [email protected]

www.MotorcyclePilot.com
 

Jeff K

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di blasi could use some competition. Currently looking for something for my Aztec that will fit in the rear baggage.
 

David Shelton

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di blasi could use some competition. Currently looking for something for my Aztec that will fit in the rear baggage.
Hi Jeff,

I’d like to provide ground transportation for as many different pilots and airplane types as possible. The double-door PA-32/34 airplanes were an easy place for us to start… but who knows? Maybe we’ll eventually figure out a solution for the Aztec.

For the Van’s RV-10 and Cirrus, we designed a removable belly pod. The belly pod winches down to the ground, rolls away from the airplane and tips onto its side to remove the motorcycle. I’m not sure the Aztec has enough ground clearance though. What are the dimensions of the cargo door?




DiBlasi is about as good as you can get, while remaining small enough to store on a seat and light enough to pick up (70 pounds). However, the 1.3hp folding mini-bikes are a long ways from a roadworthy “real” motorcycle with two-place highway performance.

We stuck to a goal of providing ground transportation that’s every bit as good as our airplane… a “real” motorcycle being a suitable match for a “real” airplane. We noticed that most airplanes have at least four seats but rarely more than two people on board… leaving enough useful load to carry that real motorcycle. The entire crux has been figuring out how to load, secure and store it… easily enough for every-day use. Fortunately, that’s often possible with a bit of ingenuity.
 

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Rear baggage door on my Aztec is 22.5" x 22.5". The front is 19.5" x 30.5"

I imagine there is as much or more ground clearance as a RV-10... it's quite a step up to the wing. However, I imagine an STC might be required for that pod. I've toted a moped but it's not very convient and as you mentioned, you are getting passed alot
 
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David Shelton

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Jeff, I'll take a closer look at an airport the next time I come across one. Yes, a belly pod would require an STC and unfortunately, it's a terribly long and expensive process. One of our other STC projects has been stuck in sequencing (sitting in a pile until the FAA finds time to review it) for 14 months!

Fortunately, the Aztec and Apache have the same fuselage and Piper built around 7,000 units so it might be worth the effort after all.
 
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