The “Khan” might be the most otherworldly BMW bike ever made

Pretty much bridging the gap between concept bikes and concept art for games and movies, Mehmet Doruk Erdem’s “Khan” is an eclectic mix of unbelievable, dangerous, and beautiful. However, if you’ve followed Mehmet’s work in the past, you know exactly what level of aesthetic beauty the Turkish designer works on. Khan, in many ways is classic Mehmet, but at the same time it’s just surreal for us mere mortals who have, up until now, only seen relatively normal-looking motorbikes.

Erdem’s “Khan” concept takes a BMW R 1100 R twin-cylinder boxer engine and giving them an absolutely new lease of life, with a front-heavy wasp-inspired exterior and an almost naked frame at the rear, much like Erdem’s Alpha concept, and dominated by an extremely large rear wheel, and a seat in the middle, resting on a twin-suspension. There isn’t much method to Erdem’s madness, or maybe I don’t spot it, but the Khan is surely a beautiful beast. Unique from practically every angle, the Khan has a remarkable silhouette no matter where you stand… and it especially looks dangerous from the front. I mean, I wouldn’t want to be standing in the path of the Khan as it zoomed towards me!

Designer: Mehmet Doruk Erdem

Made to showcase its vintage BMW engine, the ‘Birdcage’ has a wireframe design

At first glance, the BMW Motorrad Birdcage looks like a 3D model viewed in wireframe mode. It’s easy to make that mistake, because the Birdcage, sure enough, has an incredible, wireframe-inspired design. Designed as an homage to the BMW Motorrad boxer engine the company developed 50 years ago, the Birdcage houses the absolutely stunning piece of engineering in a titanium see-through mesh-esque cage that gives the engine the attention it deserves. The titanium frame allows the curvilinear boxer engine to be viewed from practically every angle, and was assembled along with the other individually crafted components such as handlebars, footrests, shift lever, seat and unique carbon suspension.

The team at Revival Cycles, headed by Alan Stulberg took a lot of inspiration from Ernst Hennes’ record-setting machines from the late 1920s and early 1930s, and put together the entire Birdcage motorcycle in a stunning span of 5 months, just in time for the 2019 Handbuilt Show.

Designer: Revival Cycles

A motorcycle-compatible bionic arm that lets the disabled ride motorbikes

Combining Honda’s expertise in robotics and in motorbikes, Tom Hylton envisions a solution that helps disabled ride bikes, perhaps even in a professional capacity.

The Honda Prosthetic Arm exists in the capacity of a concept, and allows people without an arm to operate a Honda motorcycle. The arm attached at the shoulder and plugs right into the handlebar, giving you a great grip over the bike. The robotic arm is also built to send commands to the bike, allowing you to accelerate, decelerate, or even brake without the need of a palm or a hand.

“The bike and the prosthetic communicate with each other and the rider to calculate appropriate lean angles and aid body positioning, it will also eject with the rider in the event of an accident. It Is modular to suit trans-humeral and trans-radial amputees and I’m currently designing a leg to go with.” says designer Tom Hylton.

Designer: Tom Hylton

Honda’s big EV push now includes dirt bikes and scooters

Honda has shown an affinity for electric cars as of late, but what about the motorcycle crowd? Don't worry, you'll get your fix soon. The automaker has unveiled prototypes for both the CR Electric dirt bike (above) and the Benly Electric delivery s...

The Fuell Flow brings electric tech to Buell’s legendary cafe racers

If you were ever a fan of Buell’s motorbikes, you probably weren’t to happy to hear them being absorbed by Harley Davidson. Eric Buell (founder of Buell Motorbikes), however, has moved on and founded a new bike company, rather sardonically named Fuell. And this bike right here, is The Fuell Flow.

Designed to be the vanguard of urban mobility, the Fuell Flow is a fully electric motorbike available in both 11kW and 35kW variants. With a comfortable 125 mile range, and a motor that sits on the rear wheel, eliminating the need for a transmission belt or chain, the Fuell Flow makes for a comfortable urban ride. It features a connected dashboard, 13 gallons of storage on-board for bags and whatnot, and is even customizable, allowing you to switch motors, batteries and chargers. And what’s truly the best bit is that it combines the talent and expertise of Eric Buell, the founder of Buell Motorcycles, and Frédéric Vasseur, Formula 1 Alfa Romeo principal engineer. The Flow does a pretty good job of capturing the soul and aesthetic of Buell’s café racers, and giving them a modern touch with liberal use of straight lines along with the combination of black and silver with just a dash of green!

Designer: Fuell

Beyond conventional motorbike design

We’re officially putting Dennis Sedov on our watchlist for design talents this year. Sedov has an unusual way of playing with forms, introducing new combinations and new perspectives to his designs. His cars look mesmeric, his products look unusual and inviting, and his motorbikes, a category we’ve covered practically in entirety, bring a new way of looking at form design in the two-wheeler category.

Sedov’s bikes aren’t designed to be practical. They’re clearly outlandish, but they’re outlandish enough to be celebrated for their outlandishness. Sedov plays wonderfully with proportions, materials, negative space, and geometry to create a bike that is a bike in theory, but looks like something from a parallel universe. The B4 is one such example.

Thinner and leaner than his other bikes, the B4 has a skeletal design that looks more bike-like than his previous motorbike designs. It splits into two broad volumes, connected at two points, one right below the seat, and one under the handlebar unit. The bikes sport a black + copper finish, but what’s most alluring is the bike’s wheels. Sedov’s usually relied on airless, solid tires that showcase unusual patterns that also provide the suspension function, but the B4’s tire is more traditional. The tire comes with a pattern around the hub that looks eye-catching but also flexes under pressure to provide a smooth riding experience. I can’t tell you how much I’d love to see a proof-of-concept!

Designer: Dennis Sedov

A bare-basics, brutish bike…

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Call me a fan of Sedov’s redefined, simple motorbike aesthetic. His bikes may be purely conceptual, bordering on impracticality in the current scenario, but they sure are eye-catching. Sedov boldly uses straight lines and geometric shapes in his vehicles, deviating from the aerodynamic, organic designs most automobiles have. The result is a motorbike that has the essence, but changes presentation, much like a deconstructed dessert. Sedov also gives tires complete visual priority, often reducing the motorbike’s body to be as tall and as wide as the tires themselves, and even experimenting with airless tire designs. The B3, in that regard, is classic Sedov.

The B3, much like the B1 and B2 in Sedov’s ongoing series, follows the capsule-body silhouette. However, unlike the B1 and B2, the body is relatively smaller than the tires, and doesn’t leave any negative space in the center. The B3 also highlights Sedov’s obsession with triangles, not only using them to create a taillight pattern, but to also create the tires’ airless design. The different sized triangles would help keep the tire sturdy, but give it its bounce. The tires are connected to the bike using a novel single-sided fork design that alternates between the front and rear tires. Like all of Sedov’s B-series motorbikes, the B3 doesn’t have a dashboard either, and boasts of a gently curved leather seat, followed by relatively simple handlebars. There’s also a chance that the seat has a suspension at its base, hidden away in the motorbike’s slim, alluring body. I vote for a proof-of-concept!

Designer: Dennis Sedov

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Shattering the stereotypes of motorbike-design

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Following yesterday’s ‘unbikely B1 bike’, today we look at the B2, the next in Sedov’s series of motorbikes to crush one’s misconceptions of what a bike must look like. Unlike the simplistic B1, the B2 has a little more detail. Roughly the same capsule shape, the B2 can be broken into a few visual elements. The front and the back are two distinct and separate volumes, with hollowed out details that expose parts of the wheel. Even the seat is a separate visual element that just ever so slightly out of the rear half of the B2. What’s noteworthy, however, is the B2’s wheels, which feature a rather unique looking set of airless tires that rely on a pattern of varying-width circles to achieve the effect of bounce/suspension that regular tires provide. They also mean that when both stationary or moving, the bike is bound to look interesting and eye-grabbing.

Unlike the B1, the B2 comes with two headlamps, and features taillamps similar to the B1. The B2 also leaves out the dashboard from its design, probably indicating at a self-driving feature of some sort. Its overall design is unlike the stereotypical motorbike. Its form is much more integrated (if not monolithic) and gives much more visual priority to the wheels, allowing the bike form to pretty much be the same diameter and thickness as them. This would obviously mean a much lower ground clearance, but I’m not complaining. If these bikes can drive on their own, that shouldn’t really be a problem!

Designer: Dennis Sedov

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A motorbike that looks… un-bikely

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Partial credit goes to Sedov’s use of a single-point light source to create that sense of mystery, intrigue, and awe… but all in all, Dennis Sedov’s B1 bike is worth looking at and admiring simply because it’s a bike that looks nothing like one. Probably something you’d mistake for the red Nintendo Switch controller, the B1 motorcycle is this textbook-definition-of-sleek, monolithic form with two wheels at either end, integrated into the bike’s overall silhouette. The leather seat barely pops out of the silhouette to create this comfortable seating area, and the handles build out of the front wheel hub. Sedov uses minimalism purely for aesthetics’ sake… the bike has no dashboard or even a headlight to begin with, probably implying a futuristic autonomous drive of some sort (let’s not forget that the B1 is purely an exploration of aesthetics and concept design, rather than an exercise in practicality). There’s a hollow space beneath the seat that forms a rather eye-catching void, and could also be used as storage for backpacks and whatnot, but my favorite detail remains the B1’s taillamp, a stunning, triangular-patterned wall of red light on the hub of the rear wheel that manages to say both ‘come closer’ and ‘watch your distance’ at the same time.

Designer: Dennis Sedov

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