Henry Hoover converted into a motorbike is the best mini-moto you’re likely to see

  • Henry the Hoover is one of the best-selling vacuum cleaners in the UK
  • An engineer decided to turn it into a mini-motorbike
  • He gave it a 50cc engine, more wheels and a bike handle

Published on May 28, 2024 at 2:26 PM (UTC+4)
by Alessandro Renesis

Last updated on May 28, 2024 at 6:52 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Tom Wood

Cleaning the house using a vacuum cleaner is a chore, but even though it’s a tough job, somebody has to do it.

And there’s a guy in the UK who came up with an unusual solution to facilitate the job.

He decided to give his vacuum cleaner a motorcycle engine.

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The vacuum cleaner in question is Henry the Hoover, which sounds like something out of a Victorian-era novel, or perhaps a cartoon character, but it’s actually one of the best-selling vacuum cleaners in the UK.

Allan Gallop, an engineer from Buckinghamshire, decided to modify his vacuum cleaner with a motorcycle engine.

Or, to be more accurate, a 50cc engine out of a minibike.

After that, Gallop fitted some extra wheels and turned the vacuum cleaner into the body as well as the ‘saddle’ of the bike.

Then he added a minibike handle and, Bob’s your uncle, the motorized vacuum cleaner is good to go.

Ordinarily, a 50cc engine such as this one could theoretically propel a mini-motorbike all the way to a ‘massive’ top speed of around…20 or 30 mph.

In this case, we’re going to go ahead and assume this ‘vehicle’ is potentially a lot slower than that.

As far as DIY projects go, this is up there with the best of them.

Mind you, competition is fierce.

From the guy who built a 1:1, fully operational Boeing 737 flight simulator in his shed to all those people who built their own DIY Cybertruck before the actual Cybertruck was even launched, it’s a long and illustrious list.

But this is definitely one of the most interesting ones we’ve seen.

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Alessandro Renesis

Experienced content creator with a strong focus on cars and watches. Alessandro penned the first-ever post on the Supercar Blondie website and covers cars, watches, yachts, real estate and crypto. Former DriveTribe writer, fixed gear bike owner, obsessed with ducks for some reason.