Ky Michaelson has invented many types of machinery that aren’t necessarily at the top of mind for most people. Some of his creations include a rocket-powered toilet and a jet-powered coffee pot.
His latest masterpiece got his creative juices flowing as he brought to life a beer-powered motorcycle. “One thing about this motorcycle is definitely different, and I like to be really creative. Do things that other people have never done in the past,” Michaelson said.
Michaelson proudly claims that he has built the world’s first beer-powered motorcycle in his garage in Bloomington. Rather than the traditional gas engine, the bike comes with a 14-gallon keg that stores a heating coil inside.
When he pours beer into the keg, the liquid heats up to 300 degrees. As it makes its way down the nozzles in the back, the beer transforms into heated steam, which delivers sufficient thrust to operate the bike. Michaelson believes his motorcycle could reach up to 150 miles per hour in speed.
The irony is that Michaelson isn’t a drinker but he finds it a cheaper alternative to increasing gas prices. “The price of gas is getting up there. I don’t drink. I’m not a drinker so I can’t think of anything better than to use it for fuel,” Michaelson explained.
Beer isn’t the only drink that can do the job since any beverage will do the trick. “It could be any kind of liquid. It could be Red Bull. It could be Caribou Coffee. It could be anything. But beer. Why not,” said Ky’s son Buddy.
The motorcycle hasn’t been taken for a ride on the streets yet but it has got Michaelson first place in several local car shows. “We’re right in the early stages, but we got it. We got it built, and I think it looks pretty cool,” Michaelson said.
Michaelson plans to test his motorcycle on a drag strip in the near future and after those demonstrations are complete, it will most likely sit in the museum in his residence. He’s proud of his innovative creation that pushes the bar in unconventional ways.