A traffic officer with more than a quarter of a century’s experience has described a homemade motorcycle as the “most unusual” thing they have ever seen on the roads.
The officer, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Roads Policing Unit, shared images of the bizarre machine on Twitter after pulling it over on the M25 on Sunday.
Despite its unconventional looks and apparent homemade nature, the officer revealed that it was “all checked and in order” and the owner was allowed to carry on.
A spokeswoman for the force later confirmed that the vehicle was approved for road use and registered with the DVLA.
‘Not convinced I know what it is’
The officer who stopped the vehicle said that even after confirming it was road legal they were “still not convinced I know what it is”.
Another traffic officer described the machine as a homemade electric motorcycle made from “bits of balsa wood and duck [sic] tape” but the force spokeswoman said that it was a “registered as a motorbike” with a shell made mostly of fibreglass and plastic.
The most unusual vehicle I’ve stopped on a motorway in my 26 years! All checked and in order, although still not convinced I know what it is. #400795 pic.twitter.com/oRNgPJEHHa
— BCH Road Policing (@roadpoliceBCH) August 18, 2019
Online commentators suggested the bike was made from old aeroplane parts, including a cockpit canopy and a section of wing as its rear bodywork, while others incorrectly suggested it was a post-war Messerschmitt microcar.
Keeping up with traffic
Sgt Stephen Andrews, from the Policing Unit, told the BBC: “This is certainly not a vehicle that is seen very often on our roads but after roadside inspection we couldn’t find anything that would prevent the rider to continue his journey.
“The vehicle was keeping up with other traffic and didn’t cause any obstruction to other road users.
“The owner made sure that he fulfilled all the safety regulation as well as keeping the insurance, MOT and tax in date.”
Although it met all the legal requirements for use on the road many online observers weren’t convinced about its appeal.
One respondent to the force’s tweet said: “I wouldn’t be driving that thing on a motorway. Looks like a deathtrap!”, while another questioned how easy it was for other motorists to spot, commenting: “That’s legal on our uk roads? A lorry would never see it. Wow”.
But others were full of praise for the creator’s inventiveness hailing him for “bucking convention” and coming up with a motorbike that kept the driver sheltered from bad weather.