Aside from the engine, which comes from a Honda 125 SuperSport, nearly every piece of this new bike from Bandit9 is handmade. The metallic unibody is made from a single block of aluminum & for the creation of the high-gloss, waterproof, burl wood side panels, the Bandit9 boys recruited a guitar luthier & a yacht maker. It’s all bespoke, from the suede seat to the alloy exhaust and only 9 of these little city-street rippers will be made.
The newest Polaris-built Indian is The Scout, a model that hadn’t been revamped since it was dubbed “the world’s fastest Indian” back in 1967. Unveiled this week at Sturgis, the man-sized classic cruiser weighs in at a hefty 562-pounds, powered by a 1133cc V-twin that churns out 100 horsepower.
Inside a motorcycle helmet seems like maybe the best place yet for a heads-up display. The Skully AR-1 is it, the world’s 1st HUD-enabled helmet. A 180º camera eliminates blindspots, it also features internet, phone, & music capabilities via voice-command, a push button tinted view activation & stacks of other features. Currently seeking beta testers.
Through a partnership with Honda, Britain’s foremost custom track car maker Ariel builds bikes like the Ace one-at-a-time to individual customer specs. Powered by a Honda 1237cc V4 and based around their trellis frame, your Ace can be built up in any way you like, as long as what you want is the highest quality components.
Harley-Davidson is putting the company’s first electric motorcycle on the road; the LiveWire is a sport bike that looks like nothing HD has ever made before. It does 0-60 sub 4 and makes a sound like a jet turbine. A fleet of LiveWire demo bikes is currently touring the country allowing riders to test them out while HD gauges interest before putting them into production.
It looks a lot like its big brother, the 1200S, but Ducati’s newest Monster is a bit smaller; powered by a more compact water-cooled, 821-CC Testastretta 11° V-twin. It also got 8-level traction control & ABS from its big bro and will be offered 2 models: the regular 821 in red & white & the blacked-out 821 Dark.
BMW is known for building durable, comfortable motorbikes but not beautiful ones. That could change if they actually produce their Roland Sands-designed Concept Roadster, a muscular remake of their iconic 1973 R 90S. It’s a mean-looking roadster packed with a snarling 1170cc, 123-horse boxer motor.
Dead since 1983, one of the most beloved motorcycle makers from the golden age of enduro, Spain’s Bultaco brand has now been revived. And instead of beefy 4-strokes, they’re making electric bikes this time around. They’ve currently got a bunch of bikes in development but they’re kicking off the their re-launch with the Rapitán, a 54-horsepower streetfighter that’ll do 90 MPH.
While many custom bike builders move toward brand expansion via $500 jeans and hair pomade, Deus Ex Machina is actually still building bikes. This highly modified CRF450X started its life as a dull dirt bike but as you can see, the Deus dudes in their Venice, CA shop turned it into a tidy little café machine.
Build after new build, Copenhagen’s Wrenchmonkee garage continues to push custom bike design blending fresh ideas with classic looks. Their latest is an ’05 Triumph Thruxton turned scrambler that features a mix of vintage parts, Italian hardware, & ridiculous attention to detail. via