I’m just going to sit this right here. Bird of Prey Bicycles has what I’m just going to call an upside down reversed recumbent. Literally, the
seating laying position and the drivetrain are flipped backwards and upside down! Is this another disaster waiting to happen, or an alternative to what we know as a bicycle that might actually take off?
Fly past the break and fall prey to what might or might not be your next bicycle….
All jokes aside, the bike has had A LOT of design effort put into it for what seems to be a lot of one-off parts. The handlebars, stem, “seat” and of course, frame, look to be all unique items. The laying position is hard to wrap my head around as the front of your hips don’t have the same “padding” as one’s gluteal region. Add a rough road to that and my bladder already aches.
I do wonder how much fun this could be to ride…. and how fast I can get it to go. Reminiscing of an old school BMX Gravity Bike and considering the long wheelbase and low aero position, this thing could be a screamer. Also, I am curious if I could drag my knees through turns like Valentino Rossi in Mugello *shudder*.
To add to the bike’s uniqueness, the drivetrain is upside down. Mechanically, it should work just as good since gravity doesn’t really play a factor in its function. Check out their Facebook page for this beast in action.
And if you want one, they’re available now for $8,500.