Here’s something we haven’t seen before: a motorcycle that does double duty as a camper.
Motorcyclists have camped in tents, etc., for more than 100 years, and more recently we’ve seen bigger touring bikes hauling miniature camper trailers, designed to be pulled by bikes. But a motorcycle with a built-in camper is something completely new.
At its core, the Motohome is a Honda CB street bike with a CR500 front end and modified rear suspension, with a miniature camping shell grafted on to the back. It’s a senior thesis project for Jeremy Carman, an architectural student from California, and he’s hoping to take it across South America to prove it actually works. As you can see in the video above, it’s not just a mock-up; he’s actually put a prototype together to prove the functionality of his idea.
Most riders’ first question will be about handling dynamics, and from the descriptions we’ve seen, it’s hard to make a call on the Motohome’s viability. Carman claims the camper shell weighs about 20 kg, which isn’t that much, but the added surface area would likely make the machine a handful in any sort of crosswind, and when the machine is in use, that centrestand might not be enough to prevent a tipover if the camper rolls over in their sleep. No doubt he’ll figure out the answer to those questions and more, if he actually makes it around South America as planned.
For more information on MotoHome, check out Carman’s GoFundMe page, where he’s trying to raise funds to perfect his vehicle’s design. He’s currently about halfway to his $5,000 US goal.