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Water-powered 'bike' lets you ride above the waves

Like the JetLev and Flyboard before it, the Jetovator uses high-pressure water to shoot you through the sky. Its bike-like form factor may be a bit more familiar though.


You may have seen those crazy cousins of the Jet Ski and jetpack that let you zip around your favorite water-sports venue while essentially attached to a wild fire hose.

We've written about the JetLev R200 -- a jetpack-like design -- as well as a later spin on the idea: the Flyboard, which with its foot- and hand-level water jets, might make for more of a skiing-like experience.

Well, now it looks like the concept has been applied to a form factor all of us can more or less relate to: the cycle. The Jetovator lets you ride the wild hose as if it were a bike or motorcycle. And for that reason, it looks a little less squirrelly than the other devices (though watching the embedded video does make us wonder about the fine print in our health insurance policies).

Like the two-person version of the Flyboard, the Jetovator is powered by high-pressure water from a personal watercraft (PWC) such as a Jet Ski (you'll see them zipping alongside in the video).

According to the manufacturer, you can go as fast as 25 mph, climb as high as 30 feet above the water, and even plunge 10 feet below the surface and keep going.

The gadget costs a bit more than your average Schwinn Stingray though: it's nearly $9,000.

Then again, the last time we tried riding our Schwinn on a lake, it didn't work out so well.