L-Concept: Unique Custom Bike Inspired by Star Wars

Bandit9 makes some of the most unique motorcycles in existence, something that’s only demonstrated further by the L-Concept. Billed as a “sci-fi masterpiece,” the L-Concept sports a unibody tank, suspended engine, and maneuver controls that make you feel like you’re piloting a speeder bike on Endor. As you can see, Bandit9 continues to push the envelope, as this bike seems rooted in history but very much from the future, and if Lando rolled up in this thing in Solo: A Star Wars Story, it wouldn’t seem that insane. There will only be nine L-Concepts produced and five of those have already been claimed, so if you want a bike worthy of the Star Wars universe you better act fast. And don’t forget to check other bike from Bandit9 Eve Motorcycle.

K-Speed Honda Bros 400 Futuristic Custom Cafe Racer

K-Speed turns an old Honda cafe racer ‘BROS400’ it into a full-aluminum cloaked futuristic motorcycle dubbed ‘Future Storm’. Produced between 1988 and 1992, the Honda ‘BROS400’ was viewed as a heavy, underpowered commuter bike for fledgling enthusiasts. It was a smaller varaint of the ‘NT650’, that was perhaps better known throughout Europe. K-Speed has completely reworked the Honda model and produced this futuristic café racer with street fighter aesthetics, with a revised fuel tank flowing sinuously into the bespoke tail unit. Some heavy new suspension fork guards at the front add further protection when in motion, and creates a look that lends itself to a science fiction movie. Some added negative space above the rear wheel comes courtesy of the garage’s bespoke subframe. The headlight is discretely hidden behind the louvered section toward the base, with a pair of Motogadget turning signals at the top, and on either side of the belly pan towards the back. If you like this custom cafe racer you should definitely check XC1 Café Racer and Honda CX500 Café Racer featured earlier on our website.

Electric Dirtbike Cake Kalk

The balance between power and weight is a delicate dance for vehicle designers, with the general effect of boosting grunt is the inevitable addition of mass. For the designers at Cake, they looked toward emerging electronic technologies to create a lightweight version of a fully capable dirtbike, known as Kalk. Setting out to build a bike that is more snappy and nimble than traditional internal cumbustion motos, Cake’s Kalk starts with aircraft grade aluminum for the frame and swing arm that is wrapped in carbon fiber body panels, materials that provide high strength-to-weight ratios for a stiff yet airy ride. Power is supplied by a gargantuan 15 kW mid mounted motor that is fed energy from a 2.6 kW/h li-ion battery pack, generating a stated 50 mph top speed for a range of 50 miles. With the Öhlins suspension providing 8-inches of wheel travel and the bike weighing in at 155-pounds, the power-to-weight-to-suspension ratios make the Kalk a mutant moto monstrosity.

Unique Custom Motorbike from Death Machines of London

Taken inspiration from Giovanni Ravelli, a WWI fighter pilot, aviator and motorcycle racer, the Airforce Motorbike from Death Machines of London is a real sight to behold and you’ll be blown away by its performance capabilities as well. This stunning steed has hand formed body work and an aviation inspired chassis which is quite unlike any other bike you’ll see out there so if you want to turn heads aplenty with your choice of ride in 2018, this would be a great place to start. Built atop an already impressive, albeit in a state of disrepair, 1982 Moto Guzzi LeMans Mk2 machine, the Death Machines of London Airforce Motorbike has certainly got off on the right foot. With an engine which was discovered to be in a surprisingly decent condition and after a full forensic inspection, vapour cleaning & reassembly, joined by replacement bearings, seals gaskets the main engine work was completed. The cylinder heads were treated to a total refresh, along with the workshop’s signature gas flowing and things were finished off with Death Machines of London’s in-house velocity stacks and open slash cut headers.

Supercharged KTM Custom Retro Style Motorcycle

Building unbelievable works of art that also happen to be motorcycles is the everyday mission for Max Hazan and his team at Hazan Motorworks. Their latest release, a completely custom Supercharged KTM, is no exception. As the name implies, this hot rod is centered around a KTM 520 single cylinder power plant with a monsterous supercharger strapped to the head, a hefty unit that turns 85 hp at the crank. Mind bending hand-made wheels utilize very uncommon radial spokes laced through flangeless hubs, a look found more often on top level racing bicycles than motorcycles. An innovative braking system was created by Hazan specifically for this machine, which complements the tank shifter and foot clutch in a way that is anything but ordinary. Internal cable routing keep the lines clean and classful touches adorne the bike from tip to tail, like the wooden saddle, tire hugging chrome fenders, and a bitchin springer fork. Also we recommend you to check other retro bikes: Avionics V1 and 2.0 eBike

Custom Ducati ‘Cucciolo’ from Analog Motorcycles

These days, we associate Ducati with tire-shredding 200 horsepower superbikes. But in the years after WW2, Ducati was best known for producing a tiny 98-pound motorcycle called the Cucciolo. Cucciolo is Italian for “puppy,” and the bike was named after the high-pitched bark of its tiny exhaust. By 1952, an incredible 200,000 Cucciolos had left the factory, but few survive today. And outside Europe, they’re very rare. So it’s great to see some love for the humble 49 cc single, with this immaculate restomod from Tony Prust of Analog Motorcycles. The owner is Michigan man Del Thomas, who’s been Tony’s customer since 2013.

Gonzo Motorcycles Nimbus Type C ‘Odin’s Fury’

Everyone who sees the Gonzo Motorcycles Nimbus Type C ‘Odin’s Fury’ concept at first time will think that it was designed and purpose built to crush straight line drags. Even though the bike doesn’t bear much resemblance to the donor Nimbus Type C it’s based on, that historic Danish bike (which was originally built by vacuum manufacturers) had a remarkable engine cast into a single block paired to a shaft drive. When Danish motorcycle builder, tinkerer and all around madman Lars Nielsen set out to build ‘Odin’s Fury’ to compete in the ‘750cc, home built frame, partially streamlined, vintage, blown category’ at the Bonneville Salt Flats during AMA Speed Week, he kept that motor and rebuilt the rest of the bike around it. An entirely new frame was built with a hard tailed configuration in the rear and Sportster forks up front. The wheels were swapped for ones from a Honda Goldwing. The fuel tank and bodywork both come from unknown donor vehicles. Great bike, don’t you think? And don’t forget to check our list of the fastest bikes of the world.

Iron Riot: Harley Softail Custom Bike by One Way Machine

Julian von Oheimb is the ower of the shop One Way Machine. He pulled out all the stops with this industrial-looking Softail, which he’s nicknamed Iron Riot. He bought a 2001-model carbureted Harley Softail Standard, in perfect condition, with just 1,400 miles on the clock. Straight away, Julian took the rigid mount, 1450cc Twin Cam motor out of the FXST frame, and dismantled the bike for a thorough inspection. The next step was to clean up the engine, transmission and oil tank. He’s kept the Softail’s original CV carburetor, but it looks even shinier than when it left the factory. The engine internals were in immaculate condition, so the powerplant has just been treated to a new air cleaner and rocker boxes, plus a new points cover. The breathing is revolutionized though, with a simple and elegant exhaust system.

Custom Cafe Racer Piaggio Ciao “Silhouette” By OMT Garage

Moped 1982 Piaggio “Ciao PX” or simply “Ciao” was highly popular in Italy and brothers Marco and Mario from Italy’s from OMT Garage decided to take it as a base for their small cafe racer. And they’ve won the “Deus Bike Build Off 2016” with their new Piaggio Ciao “Silhouette” in the category 50/125 sm3. The brothers completely modified the tiny two-stroke engine, boosting its capacity to 75 cc, from the factory’s 49 cc. They also added an electronic ignition, a 19 mm carburetor, a hand-made exhaust, plus a lightened flywheel. With the front brake now removed from the original “Ciao”, only the rear brake stops the rider after crossing the finish line. It’s activated with the left-hand lever, while the lever on the right-hand-side manages the moped’s throttle.

Unique Local Motors’ Ariel Cruiser

Local Motors, an Arizona-based design and engineering company, specialized in delivering unique solutions to world transport problems, has received an interesting request a few months ago: a retro-styled, gas-powered ‘board track racer’ bike, that could redefine the way we move around, in style. They’ve held a small contest for this design, and picked a ravishing bike concept from Romanian designer Ianis Vasilatos as the winner. Then, the company’s brilliant team of engineers managed to transform the designer’s initial sketches and renders into a fully functional prototype that could easily take your breath away. Called the Ariel Cruiser , this stunning bike was inspired by a 1920’s board track racer, but it also comes with various modern-day elements on display. The retro-styled, motorized bicycle can be eventually purchased in either an electric version or a gas version, with the first offering about 20 miles worth of fun and speeds of up to 27 mph. On the other hand, its gas-powered sibling puts a 50CC Honda engine to work to enable this bike to reach 34 mph and cover as many as 70 miles. To design a motorized bicycle that reminiscent of the early 1900s is not easy, and collectors will surely agree with that. Every component on this superb bike was specially imagined to honor the history of board track racing and early motor bicycles and the exquisite leather details look like the cherry on top of the sundae. Unfortunately there’s no word on pricing yet.

Brutal Angry Motors BMW R80 T63 Custom Motorcycle

A stock 1989 BMW R80 RT is a touring bike with a giant front end that’s been used in quite a few places as a police cruiser. Angry Motors out of Switzerland managed to take that boxy and robust base bike and turn it into a minimalist work of art with their T63. Over the course of almost fifteen straight days (350 hours total spread across a year) of “passion, work, beer, sweat and music,” the 1989 BMW R80 RT was stripped to the bone, powder-coated, painted and rebuilt from the ground up using only the absolute essentials or bespoke parts (custom rear end, leather seat, handgrips, etc.). The finished T63 bike, so named for the beefy Michelin T63 tires, is a murdered out beast that’s almost military in its build precision and spartan detailing.

Aggressive BMW R nineT by Diamond Atelier

For Munich locals Tom Konecny and Pablo Steigleder of Diamond Ateliers, talk is cheap. As a custom workshop, they’ve heard the tall tale a million times from prospective clients inquiring simply for the sake of inquiry. It’ss only when a customer steps up to the plate and commits does the magic truly begin to unfold in their workshop. Such is the case with this newly completed BMW R nineT DA#9, blacked out and ready to hit the streets in true stealth fashion. Because one of the client’s few requests was for a BMW boxer engine and aggressive shell, they decided to follow suit and then some. That lead to various engine upgrades resulting in a powerful 1400cc engine complete with an output of 145HP. They also threw in a K&N filter and a Spark muffler for good measure as well. In addition, the bike now features a full Wilbers ZF fork setup and a Wilbers Backline rear shock. The gas tank was also hand built, a custom-made tail rounds everything out and a hand-sewn Nubuk leather seat makes for a comfortable ride. Finally, pepper in a pair of BST full carbon fiber wheels wrapped in Pirelli Supercorsa SP2 tires for reduced weight and this thing screams intensity.

Extraordinary Lazareth Back To The Future Cafe Racer

Take a look at this extraordinary looking Lazareth Back To The Future Cafe Racer that not only looks to be one of the most stealthy and robust machines on the market, has a performance level that is simply beyond compare. Built upon a Yamaha R1 frame, the Lazareth Back to the Future Cafe Racer might just look familiar to fans of sci-fi films because it began life as one of the steeds in the, rather woeful, Vin Diesel movie, Babylon A.D but don’t hold that against it because this machine is nothing short of extraordinary. A mighty robust looking finish courtesy of a complete carbon fibre treatment, the Lazareth Back to the Future Cafe Racer also has numerous other stand out features which include super cool, single-sided swing-arms on both the front and the rear, eye-catching, customized fenders, a shortened rear end, extended exhaust which have built in LED taillights that add a whole new dimension to the futuristic aesthetic of this first rate contraption. If you love modified motorbikes that are overflowing with futuristic design flair, this amazing machine from French petrolhead, Ludovic Lazareth, will unquestionably be right up your street to and you’ll be delighted to hear that this phenomenal contraption could be yours for around $53,000.

Carbon Fiber Moto Guzzi GT by Renard Motorcycles

Using a Moto Guzzi Quattrovalvole engine as a base, Renard Motorcycles worked to combine a stealthy aesthetic along with a technically advanced chassis to create a powerhouse of a bike. Simply called the Renard GT, it’s a feat of modern engineering in both strength and construction. The sleek and stealthy appearance can be attributed to the bike’s carbon fiber monocoque chassis weighing in at an incredibility light 24 pounds contributing to an overall dry weight of 374 pounds. And with an engine displacement of 1326cc and 123hp, this thing will be quite the quick ride off the block. It also rides atop carbon fiber wheels, boasts an Öhlins suspension in both the from and the rear, Motogadget Chronoclassic instrumentation on the dash, an electric start, and is available in both black and white. So if you’re looking for a dark, futuristic and stealthy ride to get the new year started off on the right foot then be sure to drop them a line. Also we recommend you to check 10 World’s Fastest Motorcycles in the World.

Stunning ‘K75 Alpha’ – From a Concept To Reality

Mehmet Doruk Erdem is a designer who enjoys fusing fantasy with reality, as he demonstrates frequently with his collection of futuristic vehicle concepts. Based in Istanbul, he continues to blur the boundaries between vehicle brands. Now, one of his designs, the ‘K75 Typhoon’, has been brought to life by motorcycle expert Mark Atkinson. With a background in the Bonneville Salt Flats Racing and as a machinist, Atkinson saw a streamliner motorcycle design as completely normal. When he first viewed Erdem’s concept, he was struck instantly and craved trying to bring it to life. Luckily, Mehmet obliged and they saw the ‘K75 Alpha’ the same way: mixing a traditional classic style with go-fast streamliner lines. Based upon the classic BMW ‘K75 Triple’, the ‘Alpha’ features an elegant rolling chassis with hand-made bodywork that truly mimics Erdem’s other-worldly concept. The sculpural front fairing is shaped by Mark Atkinson in a neo-retro style, an emerging influence in the designers portfolio. With his background as a machinist, Makr fabricated most of the ‘K5 Alpha’s’ components from scratch. It also features a bespoke chassis, center hub pivot, hand-machined aluminum linkage, plus a bellcrank-actuated steering system.

Death Machines of London Moto Guzzi Airtail

This wonderfully minimal Moto Guzzi ‘Airtail’ was built by Death Machines of London – a company with a refreshingly no-nonsense approach to building custom motorcycles. Death Machines of London are a small workshop that focus on crafting bespoke motorbikes that are engineered to the highest standards and offer impeccable style and visual appeal. This is the company’s first custom bike. It’s based on a 1981 Moto Guzzi Le Mans Mk2, and has been built with ‘clutter reduction’ firmly in mind. After forensic inspection of the entire motorcycle, warts and all, it was rebuilt utilising a raft of custom features including a new aviation-inspired instrument binnacle with the main switch from a Spitfire, and a lightened, polished and balanced engine. Most distinctive is the ‘airtail’ – essentially a skeleton tail section adorned only by a single rear light, taken from a Land Rover Defender, no less. Coupled with a de-lugged frame and drastically reduced switchgear, the bike’s overall character is one of minimal elegance, yet retains the poise and purpose of a classic Guzzi.

The Angry Bird Incredible Retro Fighter

The Honda CBR954RR Fireblade is an incredible bike to begin with, but thanks to its 154 horses on tap and also its impeccable handling, this bike seems like the ideal starting point for a custom project as well. That’s how The Angry Bird has been born, a stunning streetfighter, benefiting from Wenley Andrews’ unique vision and original ideas. Wenley’s passion for street fighters is well known in the two-wheel world, and for this ravishing bike he gathered elements from all his past projects, including the front-end and swing arm from a Honda VFR. Other elements worth mentioning are the widened wheel rims, custom-machined CNC triples, as well as the new rear end, which features a VFR swing arm. The bodywork is equally impressive, with a mask headlight, belly pan and pointy tail adding to the breathtaking visual appeal. Inspired by Triumphs and the retro cafe racer theme, the bike builder went for a vintage tracker seat and headlight, a new subframe that matches the tailpiece, and a lot of smaller details that will keep those of you really passionate about bikes busy for hours. The front fender is actually a hand-made fiberglass number, while a mini speedo, idiot lights, and bar-end and mini blinkers from Motogadget were added to the project as well. The frame was covered in black, with the rest of the bike was beautifully finished by the talented Jack Johnson. Would you like to ride this beast?

Vanguard Roadster All-New Ultra Modern Motorcycle To Get More Attention

New York based motorcycle company Vanguard Motorcycles is unveiling its first bike. The Roadster is a massive, frameless nakedbike built around and upon a giant 1917cc v-twin engine. The motor is a modified S&S X-Wedge, a 56-degree v-twin that has been built around as the central structural unit of the bike. The cylinders themselves form a kind of cradle frame, and that whopping swingarm/shaft drive bolts right on behind the rear cylinder. The upper half of the bike sits firmly on top of the cylinder heads, with the lower line of the seat and carbon tank forming a flat aluminum platform. The single-seat tail unit is almost impossibly thin, with minimal seat padding. The exhaust is fully integrated, exiting from an anonymous slot at the bottom of the bike. Other interesting touches include the dash, which is a tablet-sized color screen that also serves as a mirror thanks to a rear-facing camera integrated in the tail unit. The headlights are barely there, six tiny units (perhaps LED based – the spec sheets don’t specify) housed in transparent shards between the front forks. The overall target weight for the bike is 550 lb (250 kg), which is about 110 lb (50 kg) overweight compared to most naked bikes, but still surprisingly light given that it looks like it’s built to survive a head-on with an 18-wheeler. And while no horsepower figures are provided, that giant 117 ci v-twin will smash out more than enough torque to make this a true tarmac-ripper. At US$29,995, with production slated for 2018, the Vanguard Roadster is at the premium end of the market.

Suzuki Leafy Savage by Night Shift Bikes

This bike, dubbed the Leafy Savage, is one such finished product that shows Matt’s Night Shift Bikes got some serious talent in the arena. It’s built out of a 2003 Suzuki Savage but looks born for the electric lifestyle. In the rear hub lies a black motor, hooked up by Enertrac. Cleary it doesn’t need a transmission but you can see the wires connected from the motor to the main Kelly controller -rated for 250 amps- under the bike’s swing arm. He also gutted the motor for obvious reasons and replaced it with a Nissan Leaf battery pack of cells producing a total of 116 volts. Based on its current configuration the bike boasts a range of 100 miles on a full charge. However, this is easily adjustable thanks to the bike’s Eltek charger that provides up to 3000 watts and 220 volts. Matt also equipped the bike with upgraded shocks, a kickstand mod, rear disc brake and LED lighting.

Urban Motor “Easy Like Sunday Morning” Motorcycle

Urban Motor, a Berlin-based bike shop that produces some seriously excellent rides, is creating something completely unique for this year’s Glemseck 101 race in Leonberg, Germany. The race already brings out some of the best and brightest in the world of custom bikes, but Urban Motor’s “Easy Like Sunday Morning” will blow them all away. “Easy Like Sunday Morning” is based on a two-cylinder, two-stroke engine from a 1964 Jawa 350 combined with custom, well, just about everything else. Custom steel frame. Short exhausts. Narrow 23″ alloy SM Pro rims. Jikov Carburetor. And a total weight around 200 pounds. Put all those things together and you get a bike that, quite honestly, we’re not sure we’d be able to ride around the block, let alone through a race. The entire frame is barely as wide as the wheels, and it has to be ridden almost completely horizontally.