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The cracking of super-heated air makes my head snap round. A flash of searing light lances across the landscape, followed by a second. In the distance, I see a body crumple.
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Austen’s only cycle in its range is seen frequently in cities for safe, short hops. If the Sloop gets into a real fight, its only hope is to run.
Sloop: Light cycle, heavy suspension, small cycle power plant, cyclist, 2 solid tyres, MML F, smoke discharger back, SWC. Armour: F10, B8. Accel. 10, top speed 120, HC 2. 797 lbs., $3,780
Personal equipment: 20 lbs.


Hundreds of these off-road bikes were commissioned from Stoic Autos in the mid 2040s. A corporate speculator believed that the new wave of armed vehicles on the road would spark renewed interest in the late 20th century craze of paintballing. He was wrong – the roads offered too much challenge as it was, and few corporates had the cash to spare for team-bonding days. Many Paintballers were sold off on the cheap by the insolvency practitioners, and with a full load of ammunition and a single weapon computer they make decent dirt bikes.
Paintballer: Medium cycle, OR suspension, medium power plant, 2 OR tyres, cyclist, MG loaded with paint rounds F, smoke discharger B. Armour: F15, B15. Accel. 10, top speed 125, HC 2. 1,035 lbs., $4,800.
Cargo capacity: 65 lbs., 1 space. (Often used to carry a load of real MG ammunition costing $500 and weighing 50 lbs..)
Paintballer “Real”: Replace paint ammo with normal, add SWC. $5,780.


Crawford has recently created a new cycle product range, harking back to the glory days of British motor engineering. Their first entry into the road market is the Chaser. The primary tactic of a Chaser is to hang back and shoot at tyres. Your best response is to close rapidly, since the Chaser’s defence is weak.
Chaser: Medium cycle, heavy suspension, small cycle power plant, 2 PR tyres, cyclist, RR w/HEAT F, SWC. Armour: F12, B12. Accel. 5, top speed 95, HC 2. 1,070lbs., $4,589.
Personal equipment: 30 lbs.



Worrying about getting to work in the morning? The traffic? The crazies? A motorbike could be the answer, but how can you wear body armour when you need your suit to stay pressed? And where can you stow your briefcase?
The Crawford Suburbanite is the answer. Nimble and fleet, the Suburbanite will make your journey to work a breeze. The armoured windshell and component armour guarantees your safety while a high density MG keeps enemies at a distance.
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Suburbanite: Heavy cycle, heavy suspension, medium cycle power plant with superconductors, 2 PR radial tyres, cyclist, MGHD F, SWC. Cycle windshell. Armour: F12, B11, 10 points windshell armour, 10-point CA around each of driver and MG, 2 5-point cycle wheelguards. Accel. 10, top speed 130, HC 3. 1,278 lbs., $7,326.
Personal equipment: 22 lbs., 1 space.


The Turbo, manufactured by Kennington under licence from Polish manufacturer Krakow, is a fast unarmed cycle that relies on its sidecar for offence. All variants have a 3 second rocket booster taking the Turbo from 0-60 in three seconds. The Rocket variant’s favourite tactic is to close rapidly, volley its three heavy rockets at point-blank range, then flee, while the Tandem relies on the hand weapons of a passenger. The Turret’s MML gives it stamina at the expense of power.
Note: the standard rocket booster configuration offers acceleration of 10 for each of 3 consecutive turns.
Turbo: Medium cycle, heavy suspension, large cycle power plant with platinum catalysts and superconductors, 2 solid tyres, cyclist, HD brakes, jettison joining, 60 lbs. rocket booster. Armour: F25, B25, 2 10-point cycle wheelguards. Accel. 10, top speed 165, HC 2 (without sidecar). 1,050 lbs., $6,000.
Personal equipment: 50 lbs.
Turbo Rocket sidecar: Heavy sidecar, improved suspension, solid tyre, 3 AP HR linked R, SWC. Armour: F3, B1, R4, 5-point wheelguard. 746 lbs., $2,940. Combination: Top speed 120, HC 3. 1,796 lbs., $8,940.
Turbo Tandem sidecar: Heavy sidecar, improved suspension, solid tyre, passenger. Armour: F5, B5, L5, R1, U4, 10-point wheelguard. 678 lbs., $1,600. Personal equipment: 75 lbs.
Combination: Top speed 120, HC 3. 1,728 lbs., $7,600.
Turbo Turret sidecar: 1 space cycle turret sidecar, improved suspension, PR tyre, MML in turret linked to GS loaded with paint B, SWC. Armour: F1, B1, L1, R1, T8, U3, 2-point wheelguard. 549 lbs., $4,995.
Combination: Top speed 130, HC 3. 1,599 lbs., $10,995.


The Rayro from Crawford sports a light laser guiding 2 front-mounted armour-piercing medium rockets for that extra punch. Judicious use of component armour and excellent handling mean that the Rayro has a strong track record of survivability.
The Rayro VI offers 6 laser-guided AP mini rockets, for an awesome individual punch or sustained fire.
Rayro: Heavy cycle, heavy suspension, medium cycle power plant with superconductors, 2 solid radial tyres, cyclist, LL with LGL to 2 AP MRs F, flaming oil discharger B, SWC. Armour: F10, B10, 2 10-point cycle wheelguards, 10-point CA around each of driver and LL. Accel. 10, top speed 122.5, HC 3. 1,265 lbs., $10,810.
Personal equipment: 35 lbs.
Rayro VI: Replace MRs with 6 laser-guided AP MNRs. 1,285 lbs, $11,840.
Personal equipment: 15 lbs.


This rare import from Daimyo showcases the Japanese firm’s design philosophy: Heavy weapons, solid defence and proven reliability. The Kyudo is only available with its sidecar, and packs a serious punch. In extremis, the Kyudo can ditch the sidecar and flee behind the cover of its gas streamer, but to date, there is only one reported instance of a Kyudo driver resorting to this tactic.
Kyudo: Medium cycle, heavy suspension, medium cycle power plant with superconductors, 2 steelbelted radial PR tyres, cyclist, gas streamer loaded with paint B, jettison joinings, single weapon computer, spoiler. Armour: F20, B20, 10-point component armour around driver, 2 10-point cycle wheelguards. Accel. 10, top speed 135, HC 3. 1,075 lbs., $5,893.
Personal equipment: 25lbs., ½ space.
Kyudo sidecar: Heavy sidecar with carbon-aluminium frame, light suspension, steelbelted radial PR tyre, RL F, magazine with AP ammo and magazine switch. Armour: F8, B8, L6, R1, T1, U5. 749 lbs., $5,420.
Cycle/sidecar combination: Accel. 5, top speed 95, HC 3. 1,829 lbs., $10,863.


Lackhart Motors new N-series was designed by scion of the family Rich Lackhart, a professional courier. His designs focus on high speed, manoevrability and laser weaponry. The stock models come with significant features, although Lackhart has suggested that some stripped-down models may become available over time. The Engager is designed as a surveillance vehicle, either on its own or as a scout for a larger force.
The Police Engager is proving popular with security forces, and the Motorway Patrol have ordered a dozen. Its phenomenal accuracy and damage potential make it a potent tyre-killer.
Engager: Streamlined heavy cycle, OR suspension, medium cycle power plant with platinum catalysts and superconductors, 2 OR solid tyres, cyclist, LL F, paint discharger B, ABS, airdam, HD brakes, HD shocks, HRSWC, overdrive, spoiler. Sloped armour: F14, B14, 2 10-point wheelguards. Accel 10, top speed 135 (155 with overdrive), HC 2. 1,273 lbs., $13,610.
Personal equipment: 27 lbs., 1 space.
Basic Engager: Remove ABS, HD brakes, HD shocks. Downgrade HRSWC to SWC. 1,263 lbs., $9,610.
Personal equipment: 37 lbs., 1 space.
Police Engager: Add carbon-aluminium frame. Upgrade LL to ML. Fireproof sloped armour: F16, B16, 2 10-point FP cycle wheelguards. 1,275 lbs., $22,785.
Personal equipment: 28 lbs., no space.


Waydale’s Boondoggler was designed for getting through rough territory. The protection for the cyclist on this vehicle is second-to-none, while the laser-guided rockets provide a significant offensive capability. There is no significant weakness to this cycle. Waydale recently announced the Boondoggler 20, a division cycle that relies on speed and agility to avoid being hit, but it is yet to win any major championships.
Boondoggler: Heavy cycle with carbon-aluminium frame, OR suspension, medium cycle power plant with superconductors, 2 OR solid tyres, cyclist, RL F, TL F, LGL from RL to TL, cycle windshell, HD brakes, HD shocks, SWC. Armour: F15, B15, 10-point windshell armour, 10-point CA around each of driver and RL/TL, 2 10-point cycle wheelguards. Accel. 10, top speed 120, HC 2. 1,265 lbs., $16,860.
Cargo capacity 35 lbs, 1 space.


The Shadowhawk from Tower Security is a top-of-the-range cycle frequently used by the armed forces and police for covert surveillance. It is weak if caught on its own by day; by night, it is invisible, silent and attacks without revealing its position. If you are attacked by a Shadowhawk at night, either fire a starshell or flee, otherwise it will stay in the shadows and pick you to pieces
Shadowhawk: Heavy cycle with carbon-aluminium frame, OR suspension, medium cycle power plant with superconductors, 2 OR solid tyres, cyclist, 2 silenced MGs linked F, flaming oil discharger B, ABS, HD brakes, HD shocks, HRSWC, light amplification, stealth. FP armour: F15, B15, 2 10-point FP cycle wheelguards. Accel. 10, top speed 120, HC 2. 1,270 lbs., $22,870.
Personal equipment: 30 lbs.