Custom bike shop Bandit9 took inspiration from both Star Trek and Star Wars for its latest limited edition motorcycle. The L-Concept has a suspended engine and exhaust that looks like the USS Enterprise’s reactor, while the handlebar and grips are nods to speeder bikes.
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The Kalk is an electric dirt bike designed to be light while still able to take a beating. It weighs only about 150lb, thanks to its aluminum frame and swingarm and carbon fiber body. It also has custom designed Öhlins suspension. It goes up to 50mph and lasts up to 50mi per charge.
Death Machines of London found a discarded 1982 Le Mans Mk2 and wondered how Moto Guzzi co-founder Giovanni Ravelli – a former Italian air force pilot – would redesign the motorcycle. The result is a streamlined machine that looks like it’s mid-flight even at rest.
Powered by a 1400cc V-Twin or a dual drive electric setup, the Odyssey is Bandit9’s vision of tomorrow’s motorcycle. It has a unibody steel frame, a tank with a see-through LED display, and a memory foam seat that bounces back to its original shape when not in use.
The latest masterpiece from motorcycle customizer Max Hazan of Hazan Motorworks. He describes it as being “light, cheap, and fast.” All true, but he fails to point out the beauty of his handiwork, from the aluminum tank to the one-of-a-kind rear brake. More on Bike EXIF.
Jesse Wellens and Casey Neistat are back with another awesome Halloween costume build. After riding around as Aladdin on his magic carpet, Jesse took to the streets of NYC with model Carmella Rose on a real-life speeder bike from Return of the Jedi. BTS video here.
Indian Motorcycles released its first variation on the Scout this fall. It looks and rides fantastic. Shortened fenders, blacked out trim, and a low seat make it stand out in a crowd. With this bike, Indian is giving a whole new set of riders a reason to come into their showrooms.
Auto Fabrica’s Gaz and Bujar Muharremi are masters of elegant silhouettes – even at small scale. Made for Gaz’s son, the Type 0.1 has an old Franco Morini engine, a frame and wheels from 1970’s minibikes, and custom rear shocks, seat and exhaust. More on BikeEXIF.
“A handmade motorcycle so perfect in its crafting it puts stock motorcycles to shame.” Bandit9 shows Harley-Davidson’s designers how to shape a cruiser. Based on the Street 750, the beauty of the Dark Side starts with its museum-worthy unibody. Limited to 9 units.
Motorcycle builder Classified Moto took a 2007 Triumph Speed Triple 1050 and transformed it into an awesomely rugged off-roader, cobbled together with a variety of parts they had on hand, highlighted by a chunky ATV tire on the back. We love the warm color scheme.
German bike shop Motoism is turning 16 Honda GL500 Silver Wings into street trackers. The Honda GL500-JPN is equipped with a tweaked 50hp engine and radiator. It also has Tokico CBR600RR disc brakes, Öhlins rear monoshock, and custom exhaust, lights and rear seat.
Indian’s new bike is all about the ride, with stripped-down, blacked-out looks that focus the eye on its 100 hp V-Twin engine. Its low stance and closer-in handlebars make for a powerful riding position, and its knobby tires and suspension are tuned for smooth, fast rides.
Zero Motorcycles‘ new bike has a 6.5KWh battery – half the capacity of its DS model, making it 94lb lighter and $3,000 cheaper than its big brother. The smaller battery also means extra storage compartments. It has 37hp, 70lbft of torque, and lasts up to 67mi per charge.
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