It's like riding inside the Popemobile, but less cool.
This "Motor Capsule" has everything that a sports-bike enthusiast would desire: a dangerous-looking design, a low profile for rapid traffic moves, a throaty exhaust roar that inspires awe in everyone on the sidewalk.
Wait, no it doesn't. It's a noiseless hybrid that has the same aerodynamic and design qualities as a bubble-style washing machine. Take this baby out onto the streets and you might have people throwing laundry at you. But the weirdness of this conceptual ride – another A' Design award winner – doesn't end here.
Athanasia Leivaditou, the creator of the cruising capsule (as well as this incredible "Umbrella Coat"), wanted a motorcycle with added layers of safety for the rider. She writes: "The main concept is that the driver’s body is protected in a big capsule made of metal, carbon-fiber and fiber glass. It can be considered the helmet of the body."
That's just the beginning, though. If the operator suffers a collision, the enclosed driving discus will actually disconnect from the body of the bike and roll, like a dropped penny, down the highway until it loses momentum. Call me a wuss, but that actually sounds worse than wearing a helmet and leathers and suffering some road rash. Does the bike have a cup holder for Lysol to clean all the vomit off the interior?
Here are a few more looks at the capsule:
Images courtesy of Athanasia Leivaditou and the A' Design Award & Competition.