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Street Legal? Who Cares?

I gave up motorcycles 50 years ago after my third (3rd) accident, but with this bike I am willing to reconsider.

TMC DUMONT is equipped with a 300 hp Rolls-Royce Continental V6 engine from a 1960s aircraft and fully leaked 36 inch wheels. I have no idea if it can actually turn and riders should be cautious as that back wheel is frighteningly close! It’s impractical, it’s ambitious, and I think it’s awesome to see a crazy concept brought to life and actually ridden. TwistedSifter

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  • BillH July 22, 2018, 9:29 AM

    Looks like a Continental O6 to me. Common as crabgrass is light aircraft, mostly because Cessnas. Probably licensed to RR for European consumption.

  • MMinLamesa July 22, 2018, 9:46 AM

    It’s a wonder I made it out alive out of my 20s. I shite you not, I did some crazy hold my beer stuff but the one thing that increased my odds of reaching 30 was selling my Norton 850 Interstate in my early 20s. I loved that bike. I weighed in the low 130s and when I twisted that grip, she’d shoot from 60 to 80 in the blink of an eye.

    I rode it up and down the CA coast in the 70s, Lord was it beautiful, smoking mind numbing Thai Stick. What a gas. Coming back home to CO, I had it in the 120s going across Utah with an Interstate straight as an arrow to the horizon. No windshield either and sipping Jack every once and a while.

    When I slowed down to 55, it felt like I could get off and check the oil.

  • Fred July 22, 2018, 11:45 AM

    Note the clearance and the fact that he never turns. Final version can’t be that low.

  • Brendan July 22, 2018, 1:17 PM

    I think I’ll stick with my horses. 4WD and much better ground clearance.

  • ghostsniper July 22, 2018, 1:23 PM

    Yes. Horses. The ultimate “all terrain vehicle”. Gimmee 2 pleeze.
    That TMC Dumont is a trailer queen at best.
    Sit it in the corner of your living room and let your drinkin buddies drool all over it and talk their shit.

  • Christian July 22, 2018, 4:28 PM

    Artful expression of the American Right to Go.

  • Terry July 22, 2018, 5:31 PM

    The wheel and motorcycle have already been invented, boys. Horizontally opposed antique engine, snowmobile varidrive and no room to carry a billfold.

    Nuts, nuts

  • Snakepit Kansas July 23, 2018, 5:51 AM

    MMinLamesa, you and my Dad could probably swap some stories! He had a 650 Matchless back in the 50’s and rode it from TX to WVA on AF leave. He used to wrench on B-47s. I bought a Sporster in the mid-80’s and Dad wasn’t real keen on that….until he borrowed it to ride around town. I’m still riding that same ’82 Sporster. I have some stories too, but they probably pale compare to yours!

  • ghostsniper July 23, 2018, 6:29 AM

    Snake, your dad and mine may have shared shop rags. In the early 50’s he was stationed in Japan for half of his 4 year enlistment in the AF wrenching on C119’s, “Flying Boxcars” (the bigger cargo version of the P38 style with twin booms – look it up), then the balance at McAllen, TX. I have in my possession a telegram he sent to his dad in Gettysburg when he got out that he was on his way home on a brand new 1954 Harley he had purchased. Just one of many Harleys and other brands of 2 wheelers that littered our driveway and yard over the next 20+ years. He had a Cushman Eagle when he was a kid and in the late 60’s we dragged it out of my grand dad’s garage and overhauled and rebuilt it. Quite a primitive creation, half lawn mower 1/2 motorcycle. And the Honda’s, Kawasaki’s, Suzuki’s, dirt, street, drag, didn’t matter what it was if it had 2 wheels we tried to keep one of them up in the air while the other one laid black stripes on the road and I have the scars to prove it.

  • DeAnn July 23, 2018, 8:27 AM

    Kinda fun as a novelty item – the wheels do look cool – but it’s overpowered especially for something that doesn’t corner well. The manicure on his hands tells the story.

  • Daniel K Day July 23, 2018, 12:03 PM

    The lack of a back on the driver’s seat has got to be the stupidest feature of the design. Give it a little too much gas at the green, and you will be the answer to the question “How much of the human pelvis and spine can be stuffed into a 1″x4″ crack?”

  • PA Cat July 23, 2018, 4:03 PM

    It would make a great prop for a low-budget Batman movie.

  • Larry Geiger July 24, 2018, 5:58 AM

    Street legal? Where does he put the license plate?

  • Nunya Bidness July 24, 2018, 4:59 PM

    That thing got a hemi?

  • CC July 25, 2018, 7:01 AM

    I suppose having 2 wheels makes it a motorcycle, eh?