There’s going green, and then there’s this: a motorcycle made of wood that runs on an engine that burns algae oil. This motorcycle was a project of a couple of guys from the Netherlands, designer Ritsert Mans and scientist Peter Mooji. The bike was built to accompany Mooji’s new book, titled “De Dikke Alg,” or “The Thick Algae,” which examines the role algae could play in a sustainable future.

The two friends hatched a plan to produce a wooden motorcycle that runs on algae oil. Mans developed the motorcycle while Mooji grew algae and harvested it for fuel. The chassis is made of wood, including its funky-looking single-sided front end. Mans then took the motorcycle out for its first test run on a beach:

Here’s a clip of the engine starting up for the first time:

Posted by Ritsert Mans on Friday, May 5, 2017

De Dikke Alg is available now, though only in Dutch.

Peter zorgt voor de olie, ik bouw de motorfiets. Lees meer over de algenolie en en de houten motorfiets in #dedikkealg video online soon! #lebowskipublishers #mansmaakt foto: Jesse Kraal fotografie

Posted by Ritsert Mans on Tuesday, May 2, 2017

  • Born to Ride

    Dude, screw my top 5 favorite albums, this is what I’m taking to my hypothetical desert island!

  • Fivespeed302

    Cool bike, but was the helmet & leather jacket really necessary for a 5 mph test run?

    • denchung

      ATGATT. Besides, wouldn’t a motorcycle you built in your garage that has never been run before be the best time for safety?

      • Fivespeed302

        If I’m going 5 miles an hour on the beach on any mode of transportation, it’s flip flops and board shorts brother!

  • Starmag

    I read this pining to knot be board, but I’m stumped as to what problem this wood address. Perhaps they will use this as a starting point to branch out into something more useful.