Ludovic Lazareth’s LMV 496 “La Moto Valante” is unlike any bike that you’ve seen before, or to be more specific, it’s a 4-wheeled motorcycle equipped with jet turbine-hubbed wheels that fold up to transform it into a flying hoverbike of sorts. At the center of each wheel hub is a powerful jet turbine, exhaust facing downward, similar to a quadcopter drone, but with much more power. Read more to see it in-action and for additional information.
French motorcycle manufacturer Lazareth has been known for their one-off and limited-edition motorcycles for a good decade, and their lineup includes the Maserati V8-powered LM 847. Sourced from a Maserati GranTurismo, its 4.7-liter V8 generates 470 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 457 pound-feet of torque at 4,750 rpm, more than enough for a motorcycle that weighs less than 900 pounds. It goes from 0 to 90 mph in just a few seconds while riding on 17-inch wheels wrapped in Michelin Power Cup Evo tires, complete with eight-piston brakes up front that work with an ABS system to bring the action to a standstill when needed. Read more for a video and additional information.
JetPack Aviation has just unveiled “The Speeder”, the world’s first turbine powered flying motorcycle. It’s no larger than a standard motorcycle and its innovative design makes Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) possible from an extremely small footprint, while the quad turbine jet propulsion system powers flight speeds exceeding 150 mph with altitudes surpassing 15,000-feet. This vehicle can either be human-piloted or flown fully autonomously carrying loads greater than 400-pounds. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
If Tesla made an electric motorcycle, it would probably look like the Zero Motorcycles’ 2020 SR/F, which features an air-cooled motor that generates 110 horsepower and 140 pound-feet of torque, which is good for a top speed of 120 MPH. Priced from $18,995, the base model is capable of traveling 161 miles on a single charge. You can also opt for an additional power tank that increases the range of each bike by about 25 percent, while an extra-fast charging option comes standard on the premium model, offering a 0 to 95 percent charge in just one hour. Read more for a 360° video and additional information.
Harley-Davidson may be known for their motorcycles, but they brought a functional electric scooter prototype to Aspen, Colorado for the Winter X Games to let a few lucky attendees try out. This may not be the first, but its rugged design aims to separate itself from the hundreds of others that are already available, not to mention the brand recognition. Read more for a video of it in-action and additional information.
Photo credit: Cory Klagunde via BrokenLeg2013
Auto enthusiasts have probably seen Ken Block’s Ford F-150-based Hoonitruck, now feast your eyes on the miniature version. It’s built upon a Honda N600 chassis – a small front-engine, front-wheel drive, two-passenger two-box automobile released in 1973 – and powered by a Suzuki GSX-R 1000 superbike engine that is mounted in the bed, mated to a six-speed sequential transmission functioning similar to a motorcycle gearbox. Read more for a video and additional information.
Think of the all-new Polaris Slingshot Grand Touring as a three-wheeled Batmobile that you can actually drive on the streets. “Designed with comfort, style, and performance for rides that don’t end,” it comes nicely equipped with a 7-inch multi-touch display, comfortable racing seats, a new wind deflector, color-matched rear fender, 18-inch front / 20-inch rear aluminum wheels, electronic-power assisted steering, ESP plus traction control, and ABS disc brakes. Power comes from a GM-sourced 2.4L gasoline engine producing 173 horsepower (129 kilowatts) and 166 pound-feet (225 Newton-meters) of torque, mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. Read more for a video review, additional pictures and information.
Photo credit: Arik Schwarz via Yanko Design
The Honda Neo Fighter by industrial designer Arik Schwarz looks like a motorcycle straight out of Blade Runner, and apparently each one is made from spare robot parts. Sporting a low-handlebar look with a short seat cowl combined with high-tech components, such as a solar tank, aluminum / helium frame, and adaptive brakes. The body panels can easily be swapped out should you want something more exciting than just going stealth. Read more for additional pictures.
Retired F1 and Indycar driver Tarso Marques wanted to create a custom motorcycle unlike any other, so the TMC Dumont was what he came up with. Featuring hubless wheels and most impressive of all, a 300 horsepower Rolls-Royce Continental aircraft engine, which transforms it into a rolling work of art, complete with 36-inch chrome wheels. This entire project took Marques about seven months to complete at his shop in Brazil. Read more to see in-action and for additional pictures.
Based on the BMW R nineT, the futuristic “Aurora” motorcycle would fit right into the next Terminator reboot set for release in 2019 / 2020. This bike was created by industrial designer Mehmet Doruk Erdem and features a 1,170cc engine, a sleek silver / paint job, and a tuned suspension to give it an aggressive low slung stance, complete with a menacing front-end profile. Read more for additional pictures.