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Old 05-25-2012, 12:18 AM   #1
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Stranded in the Desert, Man Builds Motorcycle From His Broken Car

Guys car broke down in the desert, so he built himself a motorbike to get by a military blockade!



That's pretty friggin impressive..


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Old 05-25-2012, 12:21 AM   #2
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Old 05-25-2012, 12:22 AM   #3
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Old 05-25-2012, 12:23 AM   #4
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i'd build myself a helicopter. but seriously, this is freakin impressive. thank god he had gas.
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Old 05-25-2012, 12:26 AM   #5
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was it this guy?








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I don't understand how his car can come apart so easily.... Where's his tools to de-assemble the car?
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Old 05-25-2012, 02:21 AM   #8
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so what actually broke? cuz obviously the motor still works
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The PCworld article is terrible, this one is much better, it goes into more detail and has more pictures.

Emile Leray Builds Working Motorcycle in the Desert, with Parts from His Broken Car | Oddity Central - Collecting Oddities
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Old 05-25-2012, 07:41 AM   #10
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lol at the tony stark references, it was the first thing i thought of too
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Old 05-25-2012, 09:14 AM   #11
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Wonder how many people walked past him in those 12 days.
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I'm surprised this story just came out now since it was back in '93 but this should become a movie for sure!
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Nearest town tens of km, that doesn't sound far at all. Especially with food and water rations.
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Wonder where he sits and how he steers
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Nearest town tens of km, that doesn't sound far at all. Especially with food and water rations.
Crazy too since it took him 12 days to do it
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I'm surprised this story just came out now since it was back in '93 but this should become a movie for sure!
pretty sure the stories been brought up several times over the decades
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I don't understand how his car can come apart so easily.... Where's his tools to de-assemble the car?
it's a FRENCH car. that's just what happens whether you want it to or not.

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if you translated the french in the picture, it'd say (from left to right):

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seems like a waste of time to build this unless he didn't know how far away from the next town he was. the article says "tens of kilometres" away (which is a weird turn of phrase - why not just say the actual distance?). so let's assume that if it was over a hundred, they would have said that. so at most, the next town was 90+kilometres away. at an average walking pace of 4km/h, that 90kms would have taken him 22.5hrs to walk. he could have made a wheelbarrow instead to carry his supplies and could have walked out in a few days instead of spending 12 days in the desert making this hodgepodge machine.

i wonder if he planned on continuing his solo trip of north africa on that contraption. that would make more sense as to why he bothered to make it in the first place.
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