James Bond fan builds flame-throwing scooter
A James Bond fan has invented a moped equipped with a flame thrower to help settle road rage disputes.
"It can get rather hot if you are riding the moped and blast the flames when the wind is in the wrong direction," says Colin Furze Photo: GEOFF ROBINSON
Colin Furze, 30, spent a month converting the Direct Bikes sports scooter, which can travel up to 60mph to produce a 15 foot jet of fire.
It took three attempts to make the flame-throwing moped, which works by pressing a button on the handlebar.
"It's a lot of fun and when I fire the flames out the back it makes me feel just like James Bond," said Mr Furze.
"The flames are pretty big and up to 15 feet long so you could definitely set fire to someone's car if you wanted to.
"The only problem is it can get rather hot if you are riding the moped and blast the flames when the wind is in the wrong direction."
Mr Furze, a plumber, initially tried fixing his road-rage weapon to a BMX bike and it worked so well he decided to try it on his moped.
Now he has even attached a lever to change the angle of the flames.
"It was quite tricky to make and the first version wouldn't fire the flames when the moped was moving," he said.
"My second attempt kept setting fire to itself, but my third version works really well and I'm very pleased with it."
But sadly Mr Furze, who built the moped in his spare time in his back garden in Stamford, Lincs, will not legally be allowed to use it on the road.
"I've been told that if I fire the flames while riding on the road it's equivalent to using a fire arm and I could be in a lot of trouble," he said.
"Unfortunately I won't be able to ride it into the centre of town but it's a lot of fun and I'll use it off road."