Lubbock Area Man Invents Power Bike - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/17/08

Lubbock Area Man Invents Power Bike

The state average for gas prices is four dollars a gallon. Rising gas prices have some people getting creative to ease the pain at the pump.  One Lubbock area man took matters into his own hands.

"I'm getting older, and gas is getting expensive," said Marshall Boyd.

With prices nearing $4 a gallon, people are feeling the effect of high gas prices in their everyday lives.  Stay at home mom, Nikole Ramirez said, "I stay at home. I can't go to many places with the gas prices now."

Marshall Boyd decided he needed a less expensive way to get around, so he invented a new method of transportation. He calls it the Texas Cowboy Rider, and says it was divine inspiration.

"I'm not a religious man, but I think God just hit me with it one night. All of a sudden at two o'clock in the morning he says, you know, build you a bike with a motor on it," said Boyd. 

That's exactly what Boyd did. "Everybody I talked to, nobody told me any positive. I talked to mechanics, auto shops. They said you're crazy," said Boyd.

Five engines, several bike chains, and months later, Boyd did it, and now he has a patent from the U.S. Patent Department to prove it.

A small engine on the bike holds about one third of a gallon of gas. Boyd says you can get about 50 miles on just that, meaning 150 miles a gallon. Boyd guessed he could travel at 20 miles an hour, but when we followed him, our speedometer showed he was actually going around 30. He spent about $1,500 creating the bike, but now that he's figured out exactly what he needs to make it run, Boyd thinks he could do it again using less time and money.

He has one thing to say to anyone who has an idea that people think is crazy, "I say go for it, and don't quit."

Don't be surprised if the next time you're driving in Lubbock you see an engine powered bike in your rearview mirror. Boyd said he hopes to find a way to mass produce the engine powered bike. He also wants to invent accessories to attach, like a cart on the back to carry groceries.

Lubbock Police Department told us the bike doesn't have enough power or weight to be considered a motorcycle, so Boyd can drive it without a motorcycle license.

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