If you also believe in the future of autonomous driving, then taking humans out of the equation has many benefits. First of all it much safer (Romain Grosjean’s crash in last season’s F1 Bahrain GP is a shocking example), the aerodynamics of the vehicle are much better (the drag created by the rider in case of bikes is eliminated), and the possibility of reaching break-neck speeds that cannot be humanly possible to achieve due to the limitation of human body’s endurance for g-forces. The sport of professional racing is even more dangerous in the case of bikes. Reason enough to give autonomous bike racing a well-needed boost.
The Armadillo by Christian Grajewski is a motorcycle concept that’s envisioned in the Moto Ai X Championship – sometime in the future – for high octane racing to thrill the online fans or crowds at the autodromes. The idea’s uniqueness culminated from the fact that the designer imagines the bike to be the character with an arm, legs, body, and head. To be fair, it indeed looks like some creature, ready to wake from its slumber – boiling to chase down any prey on its two wheels. Since the ride is fully autonomous, the seating position has been done away with – giving it a definitive creature-like shape. It’s more like a swan ( I guess the designer imagines it as an Armadillo) on two wheels, one wheel is bigger than the other for optimized front wheel grip on the road, especially while taking those chicanes.
Tires of the Armadillo are heavy treaded indicating, the motorbike is made for dirt tracks as well. The swingarm of the bike also indicates high-speed racing character, as it is quite thick and reinforced. Along with these unique elements, the ride looks made for the future-ready era of racing to excite the fans with unbelievable maneuvers – on and off the track!
Bugatti has created a niche for itself in the high-performance automobile market with iconic supercars that the best of the best swear by. So how about taking a detour for a change, and see what a Bugatti performance bike of the future would look like? The brainchild of designer Patrick Pieper, this is the Bugatti Vitesse superbike that’s in a league of its own. Why I say that, well, first of all, the looks are unlike anything seen thus far. Secondly, the core design idea behind this two-wheeled monster ride imbibes in a story of its own. Virtually merging a “classic look with the latest technology and a lot of attention to detail,” as Patrick told us.
According to him, it all began when he took up the #bugatticonceptbikechallenge on Facebook for a motorbike challenge done by Bugatti enthusiasts around the globe. At that time, he made a 2D side view of the concept bike. Then after a very long lull, he decided to update it as a 3D Model with a vision to set the story on the salt flats of the Bonneville Speedway. According to Patrick, the core idea for this unique creation is to fuse the modern aesthetics of Bugatti with the nostalgic elements of the 1930’s race cars and bikes. Inspiration for the Bugatti Vitesse design comes from the 2015 Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo Concept as the c-shaped rear of the car now takes the form of the bike’s front cover. Patrick also emphasized the inspiration of the contoured aesthetics from the Mallard steam locomotive which apparently holds the speed record for steam locomotives to date. By looking at the design, it brings to mind a whale, or a large aquatic creature, worthy of the ruler of the seas!
The middle section of Vitesse done in light blue highlights the heritage of classic Bugatti race cars from the 1930s – the air vents and chrome fuel cap clearly adopt those traits. Moving on to the fuel tank and the seat column, they are milled from a single piece of aluminum – much like the taillight of the Chiron. The rear wheel is held in place by the carbon fiber clasps, and the apparent long wheelbase ensures a balanced smooth ride at high speeds. Overall, the concept bike is a true example of what a Bugatti superbike of the future could be like!
If we believe Segway, the future of mobility is going to be powered by hybrid powertrains – at least for motorbikes. And not your usual hybrid, it’s going to be a hydrogen-electric powertrain for minimal environmental impact with the maximum power output. After experimenting with the clumsy-looking electric-powered Segway Apex unveiled in 2019, Segway has again dropped a bombshell on the automotive community in the form of a Segway Apex H2 hybrid bike. The machine is going to be a hydrogen fuel cell-driven monster with a reworked frame bestowing it with a futuristic design that is rounded enough to keep it from being extremely aggressive/ edgy design with the neon rings on the wheels embodying a definite Tron vibe.
The highly combustible fuel (we are talking about hydrogen, right) is the way to go for the future, and Apex H2 wants to leverage it, just like the hydrogen fuel cell hybrid cars. The machine will have hydrogen gas stored in the tanks which will be converted into electrical energy to power the electric motors.
From what we see here, there isn’t any visible hub motor to actuate the rear wheel. It’s left only to the imagination that Segway might be onto something innovative here. The mean-looking suspension forks make the Apex H2 a predator on the prowl to eat down the miles of freeway. It’s kind of floating as front wheels are attached to a single-sided front swingarm (to match the one on the rear), and a well-disguised monoshock setting. The sporty aesthetics continue to the steering mechanism neatly tucked in the stellar body of the machine under the tank. Those flowing sharp lines, and the chiseled look, actually makes the Apex H2 futureproof when it finally makes it to reality – it’s so irresistible.
According to Segway, the motorbike will churn out 60KW (80 hp) of meat for an acceleration of 0-62 mph in flat four seconds. The top speed will also be right there at the sweet spot at around 93 mph. All this signals a performance machine coming our way in 2023. Yes, Segway says, they are on track to bring the Apex H2 to the motor enthusiasts for an estimated price tag of $10,700.
While the price tag might surprise you, as it’s not very high, it signals Segway’s intention to make it a practical performance road bike. Of course, having hydrogen fuel stations is one question still leaving a lot to the imagination, the bike for now is your best bet to ride an urban mean machine to enchant the crowd. It has that Cybertruck-like masculine character to make anyone go weak in the knees!
It’s a no-brainer that as we progress towards the future the number of vehicles in urban settings is going to explode beyond comprehension. Even though we are making a smooth shift towards renewable energy-powered vehicles, still the numbers will keep growing when it comes to the number of four-wheelers and two-wheelers on the road. Talking of the electric bikes, the fun of riding a two-wheeler with which the rider will be emotionally connected in cities will be more or less muted, attributing to the traffic congestion, so what options will the adventure and thrill-seekers have? That’ll undoubtedly be exploring the outskirts of the city limits, but that again brings into the equation need for battery packs and prompt service in uncharted terrain.
Giving the above-mentioned scenarios an unprecedented thought, Neeraj Jawale from Pune, India has thought of the BMW D-05T bike concept that brings the fun of riding and the deep-rooted emotional connection between man and the machine to the forefront. Leveraging the advancements in technology, the bike will have the capability to make the detailed plan of the next adventure trip based on the experience of the explorers who’ve treaded the terrain before. The service hubs located in remote locations provide the swappable batteries or other travel essentials so that rider has to carry less.
The bike has a watchdog in the form of a drone that keeps updating people who care about your current location status and also boosts the signal for you to have one thing less to worry about. When the night hits in the woods, the drone also keeps an eye on any predators to send timely alerts. Coming on to the bike design, it has magnetic detachable storage on the rear and magnetic holders in the front for hooking the add on’s. Moto GP-like the character of the bike is so BMW in every aspect and truly made for adventure seekers who view their motorbike as a companion for getaway riding.
CAKE has been on a quest to develop sustainable electric bikes with its first custom-built electric off-road motorbike introduced in 2018. Then the Swedish marque again surprised motorheads with the funky modular bike dubbed Ösa which could be personalized depending on the specific needs. Now CAKE wants to protect the African wildlife from the impending threat of poachers. They call this new version the Kalk AP (for anti-poaching), and it’s solar-powered for good measure. The clean energy powered drivetrain means less noise which in turn means minimal disturbance for the native wild animals in their habitat, and also a means not to alert the poachers on the prowl. The bike doesn’t need to be hooked to the electrical grid for a charge, adding to its versatility in operation sans any time delays. This two-wheeler is based on the original Kalk bike that created quite a buzz when CAKE burst into the scene. The African terrain is quite harsh for vehicle components, hence, the Kalk AP bike has been modified to deal with extreme temperatures, and the mechanical parts and electrical components are sealed to ward-off dust damage.
To take on the muddy conditions, the solar-powered bike gets smaller wheels and a wider tire configuration to evenly distribute the pressure on the ground and make it ride easily on less grip inducing conditions. Since mud is going to be the major hurdle to counter, the moving mechanical parts have been reduced to the minimum, while the fenders positioned optimally to clear mud or dirt. For the Kalk AP torque at low speeds is going to be more important than speed, so it gets the necessary mechanical and software adjustments for optimum performance. Also, it gets the 2100 lumen removable clamp for better illumination, and for that matter, the exterior components of the bike are made from a fiber-reinforced biodegradable polymer called Trifilon.
The Kalk AP bike is a result of a collaboration between CAKE, Southern African Wildlife (SAWC) College, and solar power solution giant Goal Zero. For starters, two such bikes will be deployed for the rangers in Kruger National Park. The solar power panels will be mobile, as the power station weighs around 50 pounds while the solar panels measure 10 square feet. There will be one charging station per bike placed by the camp for hassle-free charging before every anti-poaching patrol.
According to CAKE founder and CEO Stefan Ytterborn, “The amount of data we collect from the rangers through the connectivity system will help us increase the development pace for these as well as for Cake bikes in general.” As a bike lover who wants to contribute ably to the cause, it can be purchased under the “buy-one-give-one”, wherein every bike that you buy, one exact clone will be donated to the anti-poaching rangers. Some chunk of the profit margin from the sale will also be forwarded to SAWC. Only 50 limited edition such bikes will be sold with each marked with a special number based on the purchase.
The moped’s modern-day popularity was born from an energy crisis. During the 1970s, the Western world suffered a major petroleum shortage, inspiring many to purchase their own moped for the bike’s small engine and substantial fuel range. Even today with the world’s petroleum supply balanced out, the moped’s initial appeal might be as relevant as it was 50 years ago. Startups like San Francisco-based ONYX are once more revving up the energy that mopeds received in their heyday with models like the RCR electric bike.
The RCR was initially introduced by ONYX back in 2018, but it has been given some major updates worthy of another release. A hydraulic suspension fork has been added to each bike’s front wheel for more comfortable transitions between terrains and an overall smoother ride. The RCR’s updated Puch-inspired frame is built from steel tube chassis by hand in California and the bike’s bench-style seat is custom-designed for a form-fitting ride. The RCR’s 72V chassis battery is encased in aluminum and mahogany veneer, also giving buyers the option of doubling up the bike’s range. The chassis battery generates enough power for the RCR to reach speeds of up to 60MPH with horsepower maxing out at a hefty 7.24, which raises the question of whether or not the RCR can legally be considered a moped since many states place a horsepower limit around 2HP, but it gets a pass thanks to the adjustable, built-in driving modes. Either way, the RCR can go from 0 to 30MPH in just around four seconds, so if you feel that need for speed, take the RCR off-road and see how fast you can reach 60.
Three driving modes are available to RCR riders: eco, normal, and sport. In eco mode, the electric motorbike is limited to 20MPH at 750W, at which rate a full tank of gas can go for 75 miles without refueling. When the motorbike is ramped up to sport mode, riders can reach RCR’s top speed of 60MPH with 5400W of power output available. When using the bike, riders can change driving modes easily on the front LED display, slowing down from a nimble 60MPH to a street-legal operation using both the bike’s hydraulic and cable brake systems. An additional caliper bracket also acts as a stopping surface for the RCR’s brake pads, increasing the bike’s stopping time. Finally, with integrated turn signals and a swingarm molded from heavy-duty steel, the RCR’s pivot control and indication levels are brighter and bouncier than ever.
I guess you could call the Saroléa’s N60 electric bike the “complete package”! The Belgian motorcycle company has figured out the best way to make the motorcycle the ultimate style icon – design a dapper suit and a slick carbon-fiber helmet to make the rider and the ride complement each other perfectly! Saroléa partnered with Café Costume and Hedon to create the tailored biker suit with integrated protective elements, and Hedon to create the immaculate carbon-fiber helmet. The suit comes uniquely tailored to your measurements, along with the helmet, which is size-matched to your head. Moreover, a partnership with Studio Blade even means the bike comes with its own EDC, a commemorative full-tang Damascus Steel knife.
The collaborative effort is centered around the N60, Saroléa’s latest cafe-style e-bike built on the same platform as their previous stunner, the Manx7 electric superbike, with an air-cooled brushless DC motor capable of 163 horsepower and a battery delivering an impressive range of 330 kilometers (or 205 miles) on a full charge. Specifications aside, the N60 comes housed in a carbon fiber monocoque boasting of a design that feels like the spiritual successor to the Manx7. While the Manx7 sported a more streamlined design, the N60 uses more robust forms and celebrates straight lines. The bike sports a black paint job, with the judicious use of orange accents to create drama and contrast, and a black-on-black pattern on the side which pairs stunningly well with the carbon-fiber weave pattern on the bike helmet. All in all, the N60 isn’t just another e-bike… it’s an experience. The fact that it comes with its rider-specific accouterments really helps build the bond between man and machine, and practically ensures that when you’re tearing down the tarmac, all eyes will certainly be on you!
Triumph Bonneville Bobber is a good first ride for newbie riders who want a stylish cruiser bike to explore the countryside. The motorcycle is an apt canvas for any modifications to beef up its look which by the way is already badass. Not surprising that modification pros like to work on the Bobber, like we earlier saw the gorgeous Triumph VE Day commemorative bike. Now, the master customizers at Hookie have chosen the iconic motorcycle for a subtle makeover that looks totally magnetic.
The Triumph Bobber Orca is a one-off project by Hookie with small changes that make the Triumph Bobber Black 2020 stand out in a big way. It is more of a cosmetic makeover to make a thumping style statement without going too much overboard in terms of modifications. After going over the drawing board for the changes to be made – the intuitive minds at Hookie decided the right kind of materials to be used. Some were handcrafted while others 3D printed. After the custom paint job, the bike is reborn with a fresh new look, ready for the road.
The seat mount is modified on the Bobber Orca along with the custom Alcantara solo seat. The engine gets a blacked-out cover and details, the custom aluminum rear fender is now without struts, there’s the new set of lights and Motogagdet Tiny Speedo, and the Zard Short exhaust gets an all-black look. All the modifications come as a Moto-Kit that also includes the custom handlebar, fuel tank, tank cover and a 7-inch LED headlight fitted inside a custom bracket. So if you own a Triumph Bobber and don’t mind getting your hands dirty for a day or two – you can customize your ride in the garage for that cool matte black and silver dual-tone styling.
Alright, enough with the Dyson puns. They don’t have that much wind in them (Okay, I promise that was the last one).
The Dyson Bike started as a mere warmup sketching exercise for Rashid Tagirov in 2019. Seeing how the aesthetic began taking shape, and finding himself with extra time on his hands in 2020, Tagirov decided to take his sketch to the next level and flesh it out in 3D. The Dyson Bike champions the British appliance company’s design language, turning mundane geometric forms into a well-balanced thing of beauty.
A uniting factor between Tagirov’s bike and Dyson’s products is the form-separation. Just like with Dyson’s product range, the conceptual bike breaks down the silhouette of a motorcycle into distinct, recognizable parts. The two wheels stand at the front and rear with hub-based motors on each of them, while the main mass is split into two masses, ostensibly the battery, and the bike’s main control unit. The seat protrudes right out of the main body, while arguably the most interesting feature is the bike’s dashboard, a thick translucent panel with a built-in LCD display that comes to life when you hit the ignition.
Pretty cool, eh? (And that wasn’t a reference to the bladeless fan)
Informed by bold, brutalist design cues found in urban setups and modern architecture, the R Nine T-X takes a different approach to designing a superior two-wheeler. Instead of an overly aggressive design, faceted paneling, brutish chassis, abundance of air-intakes, and saturated color-schemes, the BMW Motorrad R Nine T-X concept opts for simple shapes, a sensible design approach, and subtle palettes. The result is a remarkable bike that’s difficult to ignore. It’s commanding yet unaggressive, and clearly looks like the adult in the room.
An interesting part of the BMW Motorrad R Nine T-X is the way it’s built. Rather than having a standard chassis forming the frame for the entire bike, the R Nine T-X sports a central mass which holds all the bike’s innards, and acts as the supporting element for all of the bike’s parts, including the two wheels which branch out from it, and a snap-on frame that holds the seat/saddle. With a centralized hub so large, it would be pretty safe to assume that the R Nine T-X sports an electric heart, with a large battery pack to drive the beast. Despite its visually commanding central mass, the R Nine T-X is built like a café racer, with a relatively flat upper profile. The seat transitions pretty seamlessly all the way to the headlamp, with tight curves, and a simplistic LCD dashboard tops off the bike concept’s overall simple yet superior looking design.