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Redusernab Weekend of Discovery II – The Owosso Pulse Autocycle

Jim Brennan September 2, 2012 Cars You Should Know, Weekend Edition 9 Comments

Unlike most of the other vehicles featured this weekend, the Owosso Pulse and Lightstar Autocycles seem to have quite a bit of documentation scattered around the web. These were very unusual vehicles, with a total of 347 built between 1985 and 1990. Make the jump to discover more about these retro-futuristic vehicles…

According to :

Pulses built in Owosso, Michigan had:
2 recessed head lights (#22 through #182?)
Butterfly steering wheel through We #125
Round steering wheel about #126 through end of production
Glass front windscreen with wiper
Yamaha 400cc through about Pulse #263….threw body muffler
Honda water-cooled engine……from about Pulse #265 through end of production…muffler below body
Plastic canopy
Larger outrigger tires with a bubbled housing
Single retractable headlight from a GM Fiero – after #183?

A better source of information can be found at the website. There you can discover these very odd vehicles for yourself, and there is a . So what do you think about these unusual vehicles?

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  • I snapped a picture of a modified version of the Pulse in Dallas a few years ago. It seems to be mounted on a 3-wheeled motorcycle chassis (Goldwing? HD?). I can't decide if it's better (or more practical) than the original.

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    Check out the "official" too for tons of information on the Pulse. They have a complete history of the Pulse, tips for owning/working on them, Pulse conventions, and a registry of where they are now. Pretty amazing vehicle.

  • apfeifer3

    I've went to the Fly-In portion of the weekend a few years ago, it was cool to see a lot of these in one place. The fly in was also a nice one, the highlight plane was a MiG. I did not know until now that there was a convention with it, I thought the Pulses were just there for the show.

  • Devin

    I remember that a week or two ago I was trying to remember the name of this for some kind of post here, but couldn't think of it at all. I remembered it looked like some kind of strange space shuttle and had star somewhere in there – I was thinking of the Lightstar variant, clearly – but I couldn't remember it at all. I first saw it in one of those snarky "These things are dumb" articles in a kit car magazine, but always thought it was charming.

  • C³-Cool Cadillac Cat

    I've seen one of these…circa 1987 in Denton, Texas, parked in motorcycle parking at North Texas State University.

    Bastard took up about 40% of the room.

    Neat, however.

    Personally, I'd like to see a reverse-trike commuter machine, enclosed, and with A/C.

    There was a similar style which had retractable outriggers, but I cannot remember the name.

    (off to the Googles!)

    Ecomobile, that's it! Swiss-made precision.

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    I'll keep my Omega Speedmaster triple-date, thankyouverymuch.

    • I live a few miles west of Denton, and I used to see one on US 380 several times back about that time. I forget the color (yellow or red maybe?), but probably the same one.

      • C³-Cool Cadillac Cat

        Could be. I think this one was white, though it could have been yellow.

        It's been 25 years, so a respray wouldn't surprise me, at all.

        • Well, I meant I saw it back then, around 1987. I've lived out here since 1984. I haven't seen it for a very long time now.

  • Jethrine

    Steve Austin; a man barely alive…

  • Van_Sarockin

    Flying car? I'm disappoint. Seriously, of all the fever dreams we've looked at this weekend, that this has one of the highest build numbers?

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