Every now and then, a Bede BD-200 LiteStar or Owosso Pulse comes up for sale. This enclosed cabin vehicle was powered by a long series of different engines, from Honda 250 twins to Honda 750 fours, a Yamaha 400 like the one shown here all the way up to a Honda GL1100 flat four. Originally designed by aircraft designer Jim Bede, they had the same streamlined jet plane look of his tiny BD5 and BD5J aircraft. Compared to enclosed two wheelers like the Peraves Monotracer, the outriggers on the Pulse and LiteStar make them a stable platform less likely to leave you lying on your side.
You steer with a wheel like a car, shift sequentially like a bike and there’s an electric reverse. The sliding canopy looks pretty cool though I can imagine a hot sunny day would be interesting.
There’s an annual rally in Indiana for owners of these unique Ground Cruising Recreational Vehicles, as Jim Bede called them, and if you’re not averse to getting attention when you’re on the road, this is definitely you.
The owner is asking $22,900, and if you’ve ever wanted one of these but didn’t want to do a full restoration, this one looks to be in fine shape. Check it out.
Link: Owosso Pulse on eBay – auction over