Craptastic Chopper: Human Poop Powers Talking Motorcycle

Three-wheeled latrine is a publicity tool for Japanese toilet manufacturer TOTO.

Toilet Bike Neo Project—for when you're on the go and you have to go. (Photo: TOTO)

Oct 11, 2011· 0 MIN READ
Salvatore Cardoni holds a political science degree from the George Washington University. He's written about all things environment since 2007.

Japanese toilet manufacturer TOTO has engineered a motorcycle that features a talking latrine, plays music, and runs on biogas from human poop.

No, the company hasn’t lost its mind—it is simply trying to save the environment, which, in today’s anti-science era might be tantamount to the same thing.

Dubbed the Toilet Bike Neo Project, the motorbike is actually a publicity tool, reports Clutch and Chrome.

The campaign is part of the TOTO Green Challenge, the company’s stated goal of achieving 50% reductions in CO2 emissions in bathrooms by 2017 (vs 1990 levels).

TOTO says that the fully operational hog has begun a 600-mile, month-long trek from Kyushu to Tokyo to educate the Japanese citizenry on the company’s various green initiatives.

The bike’s fueling system leaves a lot of unanswered questions, namely: like convertibles, where the car has to be stopped to put the top down, does the bike have to be in the stopped position for the rider to use the toilet?

Death and Taxes has more technical questions:

How much waste does it really take to power this bike? Can one person really provide enough fuel? Will I get better mileage if I eat a burrito before my road trip?

Please discuss.