You often see RVs rolling down the highway with a small motorcycle strapped to the back, after all, once you park the land yacht, you don’t want to use it for every short trip at your destination but what if your RV is an airplane? If you land at some out of the way country airport, how do you get to town? MotoPOD is the answer. A specially constructed cargo pod strapped to the bottom of the airplane combined with a specially modified Yamaha XT lets you bring your ground transportation along with you.
EAA Airventure just wrapped up a few weeks ago in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The huge fly in is held there every summer for aviation enthusiasts from all over the world, and one of the new products shown was the MotoPOD. The company took the idea of a cargo pod, the kind you see on the bottom of various freight carrying aircraft and modified it to carry the bike. The Yamaha was modified with folding handlebars to decrease width to 12 inches along with some special plumbing to catch any errant liquids trying to escape. You land at your isolated country airstrip, open the pod and a few minutes later you’re on the road.
The whole package, including the motorcycle will be priced around $10,000 and should go on sale later this year. Flight speed is decreased by about 9 knots and the airplane handles fine. The benefit is your actual trip time from destination to destination is decreased because now there’s no need to find some sort of rental car, taxi or bus or someone at the airport to give you a ride. Some pilots carry folding bicycles but this seems much more functional. Very neat.