Engineering a vehicle is not an easy feat; however, a YouTube channel that goes by the name of XenonJohn has got complexity out of tracked vehicles and made them easy: His creation is named Vector, and it is an electric tracked motorcycle that is done by using only basic parts with no machine tool required.
A small yet dashing electric bike like no other
Vector got its name from the fact that it likes to go in straight lines -- much like vector graphics, as XenonJohn wrote. This "monotrack bike" has an electric motor and uses three Go-Kart rear wheels to guide the tracks.
Perhaps the most extraordinary thing about it is, aside from its dashing yet small looks, it was achieved using only regular tools, box section steel, a budget MIG welder, and some pre-bent tubes for the seat mount.
What do you need to have to build one?
To give you an idea, let's list the actual tools required: a basic MIG welder, hammer, drill, hacksaw or a bandsaw, 3 rear Go-Kart tires, wheels, axle tube, a chain, chain sprocket, as well as sprocket carrier, Golf cart motor or a similar one, Syren 50 Amp 24V motor controller, 24V battery pack.
When you look at the end product, it is impossible not to appreciate the hard work that was put into making it possible with such limited parts and tools. However, it works too well in straight lines which is why it needs some improvement with the steering. As it is, it might make you face plant, but at least you'll be close to the ground when or if that happens.
Why go electric?
He stated that he wanted to have an electric bike to not make too much noise in public places. He wrote, "You can claim moral high ground by stating with a completely straight face that this is the future i.e. an EV, whereupon most people relax, become curious and ask more about it." Well, he is kind of right. Still, the bike does make noises like it is being voiced from someone in Sponge Bob -- watch the video and listen, you'll understand what we mean.
Here is the video that demonstrates the making of the bike from scratch and at the end, XenonJohn rides it around in a mesmerizing beach: