27: The Motor Unit
Perfect propulsion for one person may be another’s nightmare. It depends on desires and dimensions—a petit pilot won’t enjoy hefting a monster motor any more than a big bruiser will hate a petit pusher. As usual, there is no best machine, they’re trade-offs.
A few relics survive on eBay, inspiring new import to the phrase “buyer beware.” Buying from a reputable instructor avoids that trap.
Nearly all motors have an integrated harness—software that’s just as important as the hardware. Go here to understand the various harness styles and terminology. A great motor can be rendered dangerous, let alone uncomfortable, with an inadequate or improperly setup harness (see Chapter 12 for setup).
Your choice in motor will also affect your safety. Design improvements (A Better Paramotor) are available but, until market forces dictate their adoption, makers will not be inclined to spend money on them.