File these under: cool DIY gadgets. Unfortunately, you’ll need more than just parts and tools from the local hardware store to build your own functional motorcycle, but these five examples should inspire you to say the least, as they are all one-off creations. Continue reading to see more.
5. Car Motorcycle
Emile Leray’s story may not be on the cutting edge of technology, but it most certainly involves lots of ingenuity. Simply put, his vintage Citroen V broke down in the middle of the Sahara Desert, but rather than considering it a loss, he used the chassis as shelter during the time it took to transform the other usable parts into a functional motorcycle. Once completed, he drove off to bigger and much better things.
4. Steampunk Motorcycle
Much more complex than the steampunk USB drive, the Black Widow is the first chopper designed to look like it came straight from the Victorian-era, complete with custom wheels, handlebars, and more. Steampunk is a genre that originated during the 1980s and early 1990s and incorporates elements of science fiction, fantasy, alternate history, horror, and speculative fiction. It involves a setting where steam power is widely used – whether in an alternative history such as Victorian era Britain or “Wild West” – era United States, or in a post-apocalyptic time – that incorporates elements of either science fiction or fantasy.
3. Predator Motorcycle
Not just any motorcycle, this custom-built creation by PitStopMotorsport looks like it was pulled from an upcoming Predator movie. It’s based on a Suzuki Hayabusa bike and features plenty of LEDs as well as a host of skulls. All you Predator fans out there, hold on to your jaws, because it’s about to hit the ground. PitStopMotorsport specializes in tuning and modding bikes and the Predator Bike is definitely one of their best works yet. And the best thing about is the awesome bike is totally street-legal.
2. Firewood Motorcycle
When is a motorcycle, not just something you buy from your local dealership? When it’s handmade from firewood. That’s right, Hungarian Istvan Puskas spent two years building the stunning motorcycle you see above from firewood. Istvan designed and built a working chopper completely from black Locust wood, much to the amazement of people who watched him ride his wooden wonder. Each part is of this wooden chopper designed and assembled painstakingly at their exact positions. Even for the fuel tank, he used a wooden barrel, which blends to the overall design add to the marvelous looks of the chopper too.
1. Batpod Motorcycle
File this under: custom Batmobiles. A Dark Knight fan in Vietnam wanted to bring the movie to life. So, he used old car parts to assemble a fully-functional Batpod. According to Vietnamese site VNExppress, Tùng Lâm built his impressive scrap-part Batpod to be displayed at his car shop in Lang Son, as an advertisement. It’s not clear how long the building process lasted, but he did reveal his creation is really a modified Suzuki FX 125, for which he paid just 3 million VND ($143). The two used car tires were 800,000 VND ($39), and the entire bike is estimated around 10 million VND ($480).
Honorable Mention – Alien Motorcycle
Some say that Prometheus is the prequel to Alien, and if that really is true, Roongrojna Sangwongprisarn’s custom motorcycle made entirely from scrap metal would fit right in. Roongrojna is from Bangkok and owns the Ko Art Shop in Thailand. You’ve probably seen more impressive Hollywood movie props, but unlike those, this impressive piece of metal work is actually rideable. I have no idea what bike this was initially, or how fast it is, but who needs speed when you’re riding a metal masterpiece like this, right? It’s hard to believe it was made exclusively from discarded metal parts.