Toilet Bike Runs On, Yup, Human Waste

Poop, it’s the new coal, at least according to Japan’s largest toilet manufacturer, Toto, who — believe it or not — has recently released a three-wheel bike powered by human excrement. No. We are not making this crap up.

So how does it work? According to a report, the company says the waste – which can come directly from the driver sitting on a toilet-style seat – is stored in the basin and is then converted into biofuel which fuels the retro-styled chopper.


image via Toto

The Toto biogas bike has more than just good looks and convenience going for it. It’s actually loaded with extra features that you simply won’t find on the latest Vespa. According to the company, the trike uses “residual light imagery to write messages in the air as it zooms by.” The company reports that the bike can also talk and play music as it runs.

The bike is part of the company’s Toto Green Challenge, whose goal is to cut CO2 emissions in bathrooms in half by 2007.

Steve Duda lives in West Seattle, WA with three dogs and a lot of outdoor gear. A part-time fly fishing fishing guide and full-time writer, Steve’s work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Seattle Weekly, American Angler, Fly Fish Journal, The Drake, Democracy Now! and many others.


  • Reply October 12, 2011

    Keith E Hunter Jr


  • Reply October 12, 2011

    Bob Scott

    Well, at least they have their “SHIT” together.

  • Reply October 12, 2011


    I am sure it works fine most of their stuff does , just not sure I would want one.

  • Reply October 13, 2011


    Apply the technology to a different venue.

  • Reply October 31, 2011


    but it will have emission problems

  • Reply October 31, 2011


    So one rides naked?

  • Reply March 8, 2012

    Jeffery Dilegge

    *at the red light* “hey pal, you got any toilet paper?”

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