[Craigslist Find] Not sure what this is. "1985 Pulse Aerodynamic Motorcycle"

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[Craigslist Find] Not sure what this is. "1985 Pulse Aerodynamic Motorcycle"

Postby Waffl6 » Sun Apr 22, 2018 1:55 am

I have no idea what this is, but I just found it while browsing my local ads. I initially thought it was a plane, but...

I know enclosed motorcycles are a thing, I've seen the monotracer and it's awesome. But is this actually a motorcycle?

$8,900
https://washingtondc.craigslist.org/nva ... 97352.html

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Designed by Jim Bede and modeled after his Bede5 airplane kit. The first 34 were named the Litestar and the remaining 336 were named the Pulse due to changes in the company structure. The Litestar had solid go-cart tires for the outriggers while the Pulse had air inflated trailer tires making for a smoother ride. Both came with a choice of 250, 400 or 650cc Yamaha Vertical Twin engines. I replace my air cooled 400cc with a liquid cooled V65 from a Honda Sabre which is an 1100cc four cylinder. My 0 to 60 mph was significantly improved and the liquid coolant allowed me to replace the "toaster oven element" for heating with a proper car heater system from a Toyota. I spent two summers in a machine shop hybridizing the rear end suspension and drive system from the chain drive Yamaha to the shaft drive Honda.
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Re: [Craigslist Find] Not sure what this is. "1985 Pulse Aerodynamic Motorcycle"

Postby VWK75S » Sun Apr 22, 2018 6:01 am

I've seen one of these at Owl's Head, Maine and if I remember correctly it had a CB450 in it. 8)
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Re: [Craigslist Find] Not sure what this is. "1985 Pulse Aerodynamic Motorcycle"

Postby Tomcatfixer » Sun Apr 22, 2018 6:03 am

It's definitely interesting, but I can't decide if I would own one or not. :?
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Re: [Craigslist Find] Not sure what this is. "1985 Pulse Aerodynamic Motorcycle"

Postby jaybird » Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:46 am

Tomcatfixer wrote:It's definitely interesting, but I can't decide if I would own one or not. :?


I might own it for $500. $8,900, probably not. For that kind of money you'd really have to want it, or have a pretty strong perception that it is going to heavily appreciate over time. The value is probably somewhere between those two numbers, but it would need to be cheap for me to take a chance on it.
If I had it I would definitely drive it around, it would be fun, and probably better advertising than my sidecar rigs.

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Re: [Craigslist Find] Not sure what this is. "1985 Pulse Aerodynamic Motorcycle"

Postby Tin Man » Sun Apr 22, 2018 11:08 am

Waffl6 wrote:I have no idea what this is.......................but is this actually a motorcycle?



Depends on where you live (or how lenient your DMV is). By (Texas) statute, motorcycles have two or three wheels.....this one appears to have four........that puts it into the realm of "automobile". There is an ongoing debate as to why the "training wheel" kits that can be installed on a two wheel cycle and have all 4 wheels in contact with the road, have (in the past) been allowed to register as a motorcycle. :|
Before I spend that much money I'd want those blurry lines defined. :foilhead:
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Re: [Craigslist Find] Not sure what this is. "1985 Pulse Aerodynamic Motorcycle"

Postby Waffl6 » Sun Apr 22, 2018 2:15 pm

There's a website out there with a registry of owners to VIN numbers. Looks like there are less than 400 (actual number is 356) of these out there. Very rare. Every one was hand built, so replacement parts for the body do not exist and can only be made by whoever owns it. They seem to have sources for some of the mechanical parts.

A pricing guide from them: http://www.autocycles.org/value.html

The main website: http://www.autocycles.org

Looks like it's worth about $4000-6000 in its current condition. They claim a fully restored one can fetch $30,000.

That Sabre engine probably smokes the tires pretty well.

I do wonder whether or not the owner did the camshaft oil mod, because early Honda V4's were notorious for issues with lack of lubrication to the cams.

I found a picture of the front suspension: Image

Remind you of anything?

They do not have handlebars, but steering wheels. Apparently they used the traditional go-kart style for a while and then switched to a round one.

The headlight is a pop-up unit from mid-80s Pontiac fieros. Image

This thing is pretty awesome.
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Re: [Craigslist Find] Not sure what this is. "1985 Pulse Aerodynamic Motorcycle"

Postby Lmo » Sun Apr 22, 2018 6:25 pm

I spent two summers in a machine shop hybridizing the rear end suspension and drive system from the chain drive Yamaha to the shaft drive Honda.


Well, you'd certainly be getting a "project" if you bought it... but $4,000???
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Re: [Craigslist Find] Not sure what this is. "1985 Pulse Aerodynamic Motorcycle"

Postby Snakeoil » Sun Apr 22, 2018 9:26 pm

It's like a motorcycle with training wheels.
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Re: [Craigslist Find] Not sure what this is. "1985 Pulse Aerodynamic Motorcycle"

Postby stagewex » Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:51 pm

Litestar or Pulse. Different names at different times of production and company ownership. Lots of stuff about the on the internet.
Cult following. When ridden the "training wheels" do not touch the ground. That's only for parking and stopping at a light.
I have not seen one come up on eBay in a long, long time.
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Re: [Craigslist Find] Not sure what this is. "1985 Pulse Aerodynamic Motorcycle"

Postby n3303j » Wed May 02, 2018 10:06 pm

Saw this critter on display at Motocyclepedia in Newburg, New York.

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http://www.motorcyclepediamuseum.org/18 ... -co-pulse/

"There were about 347 of these made between 1985 and 1990 in Owosso Michigan by the Owosso Motor Car Company. The first 21 were called Litestars and then the name changed to Pulse. A Pulse is a motorcycle. It rides on 2 main wheels and has 2 outrigger wheels (one on each side). It is classified in most states as a 3 wheel motorcycle. It has a 123″ wheelbase and an overall length of 192″ X 76″ width X 54″ height and weighs about 1000 lbs. The factory closed in 1990 and no parts are available from OMCC."

http://www.motorcyclepediamuseum.org
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