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2010-02-23 11:16
As the saying goes: If it’s too hot to wear protective gear, then it’s too hot to ride. Now, however, it seems the simple solution to scorching South African summer days is to simply switch your personal bike aircon unit on.

Meet the EntroSys motorcycle air-conditioning system which pumps cool air (or warm in winter) into a vest which you wear under your normal biker jacket.

The aircon unit itself mounts onto your motorcycle’s carrier and connects via a vacuum cleaner-like hose to the vest while you regulate the temperature through a wireless control on your handlebars. Power comes exclusively from your bike’s electrical system.

Of course a cheaper and easier option might simply be to pick kit that offers decent ventilation. In slow-moving city traffic (when there is often no airflow at all) these outfits can still turn into a personal sauna when the summer sun beats down though. Shorts and flipflops? Frankly they should be banned on bikes.

Still, we’re not entirely convinced about the practicality of this system. What is the likelihood that your neat little aircooler will still be attached to your bike when you return to the parking lot two hours later? Or do you need to slip it into a shoulderbag and lug it around with you? And what happens, for example, if you have a little spill? Does the hose automatically disconnect?

It might be cool in theory, but in the metal it really isn't. There is something decidedly undignified in riding about town with a sizeable flexible hose poking out from under your jacket...

Right now the creator of the EntroSys is looking to raise funds to turn his invention into a reality. Would you put your cash towards one?

Watch the video here for a comprehensive explanation or check out the EntroSys website


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