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BMW K75 Alpha Land Speed Racer

Mark Atkinson has officially unveiled the BMW K75 "Alpha" land speed racer, a motorcycle he created in partnership with Turkish designer Mehmet Doruk Erdem. It took Atkinson several months for him to build a chassis to fit inside Erdem's streamliner shell, one inspired by the lines of a Great White shark. Once fully completed, it will be used to race on the Bonneville Salt Flats and hopefully set a record or two. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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BMW K75 Alpha

Designer Mehmet Doruk Erdem unveiled the K75 typhoon concept last year, but motorcycle extraordinaire Mark Atkinson has brought it to life. Since there is no current machine that matches the other-worldly typhoon, Mark had to custom fabricate nearly all of its components from scratch. That's right, what you're looking at is a bespoke chassis, center hub pivot, hand-machined aluminum linkage, and a bellcrank-actuated steering system. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of someone biting sodium metal.

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Mono Racr

Created by motorcycle enthusiasts with engineering and industrial design backgrounds, the "Mono Racr" by Huge Moto is based around a 1,000cc Honda inline four-cylinder engine. The mainframe and swing arm are handcrafted from a single piece of carbon fiber, thus reducing the weight while improving performance. Rather than add unnecessary electronics, they spent most of their time designing a highly refined, curved form. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Phaser Type 1

Based on the Yamaha FZS 600 Fazer, the Phaser Type 1 uses the original frame, forks, swingers and wheels, but adds a battery as well as drivetrain in place of the conventional motor location. Its 6 kWh battery pack has peak power output of 64-horsepower, a top speed of 110mph, and a range of 60 miles when fully charged. The bodywork is made from CNC machined milled sheet aluminum. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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BMW Roadcarver


The BMW Street Carver was unlike any other skateboards at the time, as it boasted a unique suspension system derived from parts from a BMW 5 Series car. Its steering mechanism that gave it the ability to carve like a snowboard or surfboard. The Street Carver employed large, 110mm curved wheels, which were required because the axles roll in relation to the ground (i.e. change camber) as the board is turned (as opposed to traditional skateboarding axles, which remain parallel to the ground as the board is turned). Designer Rico Kersten unveils the Roadcarver, a four-wheeled motorcycle that was inspired by this unique skateboard. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of cold welding in atmosphere.

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Renard GT Carbon Fiber Motorcycle

Sleek and stylish, the Renard GT is a carbon fiber motorcycle fit for John Wick. Not only does it feature an ultra-light carbon-fiber monocoque that weighs just 11kg, but a longitudinally mounted V2 engine as well. This modern, air-cooled engine generates approximately 125 horsepower at 8000 RPM, while offering a top speed of 230 km/h. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Koenigsegg Motorcycle

Designed by Maksim Burov, the Koenigsegg Motorcycle draws inspiration from the Swedish automotive company known for its extreme hypercars. Expected to be priced at $500,000 or higher, this bike sports a wrap-around shell that conceals its gas tank, engine, and other internal components. You won't find a windshield, and the single seat is short to maintain the aerodynamic look. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Samurai Motorcycle

Motorcycle enthusiasts Artem Smirnov and Vladimir Panchenko unveil Samurai, a futuristic Japanese motorcycle clad in carbon fiber. In addition to being fully-electric, it follows the principles of simplicity and spatial awareness that many Japanese brands hold in high regard, while bringing those aspects to the racing world. Unfortunately, it doesn't include a hidden katana that can be used in case of zombie apocalypse. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Vanderhall Venice Autocycle

When motorcycles just won't do, there's the street-legal, three-wheeled Vanderhall Venice autocycle. Thanks to its carbon composite body, it weighs in at just 1,375-pounds, and is powered by a 4-cylinder turbocharged engine that boosts you from 0-60 in under 5-seconds. This two-seater also comes equipped with a 600 watt BT sound system, a stylish wooden steering wheel, a heater, black headlights, and large 18-inch wheels. Each one is made to order, with prices starting at $30,000. Click here to view the first image in this week's things that look like other things gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the bizarre, yet real, ice disc phenomenon.

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Honda Riding Assist

Honda's all-new Riding Assist borrows technology found in the company's UNI-CUB personal mobility concept and Asimo robot to help motorcycles maintain balance at rest or when it's moving at slow speeds. Steering speeds under 3mph is controlled with the help of a small motor, which makes steering adjustments on the fly to keep itself stable. A separate motor, which is controlled by a device that sits under the headlight, extends the rake angle of the motorcycle at low speed, making it easier for the bike to balance on its own. That's not all, there's also a self-driving mode that can enable a motorcycle move on its own, thanks to a third electric motor located in the front wheel's hub. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of a 150mph rocket knife.

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