There's a group of guys out in Austin, Texas that really have nothing better to do with their time. Anyway, they couldn't afford cars, so they built up some big-wheel cycles and are so proud of them they wanted to appear on the Rice-Boy Page.
Here is a good shot of these two bigwheels. Notice on the front of the cowl where it says "Big Wheelie", they've added the requisite red "R" in order to denote that these are high speed racing cycles. Also notice how the one on the right has a large wing in the back.
Here is a close up view of one of the bikes. Notice the 11.4 second dial-in time. Or is that 11.4 minutes? This bike also features a large exhaust tip for less back pressure, HKS and "got rice?" stickers. I think this guy belongs to the same crew as the "V-TEK" civic in the hall of shame. Either that or he has the same spelling disability. Also take note of the Recaro seat that offers ample side bolstering to hold the driver in place during high-G maneuvers.
While the other bike dials in at 11.4 seconds (or minutes?), this one, not quite capable of such lofty claims of speed instead chooses to make excuses for its lack thereof by pointing out that the power is "all motor".
This photo details the cold air intake system of this particular bike. We all know that colder air is denser air, and therefore contains more oxygen, thereby making room for creating more power. Notice also, the high flow K&N filter. He wouldn't want any contaminants in his "all motor" engine!
I do however wonder, what the effects the "Marlboro" air filter might have on power output, I have a feeling it might have quite a large negative effect.
Here we have a more efficient intake system, with just a straight pipe rather than a complicated set of tubes for the air to pass through. Also note how this system allows the driver to sit in a more natural position, improving the weight distribution as well is probably increasing power output.
This system is conspicuous in its lack of the Marlboro filtering system, which is probably why he can run in the 11's instead of having to talk about being "all motor".
For added safety in in those super high-G launches, they have both added wheelie bars. Except, well... uh... aren't these things front wheel drive? Well they don't care cuz they think they are so fast.
I also thought it was quite interesting how the slower bike not only tries to make up for it by denoting "all motor" but it is also the one with the racing stripe. Perhaps that driver was feeling a little inferior?
Last Modified 10/2/98.
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The term "Rice-Boy" is not meant to be a racially derogatory term. It just reflects the fact that most of these types of cars are owned by Asians and that they are all Japanese made cars. I myself an an Asian, and I still think these guys are dumb. It's not about race -- it's about attitude.