Hildebrand & Wolfmüller became the first series production motorcycle in 1894. Since then, numerous motorbike manufacturers have produced various models. Motorbikes have become increasingly popular thanks to the rise in fame of motorbike programs, congested roads and the inherent thrill that motorbikes offer.
Many drivers have opted for purchasing a motorbike to get to work without being stuck in traffic and to enjoy a Sunday ride. Television programs such as "American Chopper" and bike shops like West Coast Choppers have created unique motorbikes but so have motorbike manufacturers such as BMW and Honda.
As with every invention, some people aren't satisfied with the traditional design and aim to defy logic. Some of the models that the motorbike manufacturers designed had many pundits scratching their heads. The surprising thing that I found out about eccentric motorbikes was that some people bought them, regardless of how it looked. Some of the designs were so far fetched that we wondered what inspired them to be so bold.
To see how far manufacturers had veered from the traditional motorcycle designs, we scoured the globe. Our search led us to discover some of the most fascinating, unique and eccentric motorbikes that we couldn't believe those bikes existed. Enjoy the article folks and like always be sure to share it with a friend.
Automakers aren't the only ones who have gone electric; motorcycle manufacturers have also built electric vehicles. Johammer stated that J1 is an electric cruiser with innovative technology. The bike is a first series motorcycle with a range of 124 miles. Johammer has integrated the electric motor and controller into the rear wheel.
The emission-free cruising means that J1 riders will reach a high speed and won't scare cyclists and pedestrians or pollute the air. Consumers who are interested in owning a J1 will have to fork out $30,000. The J1 can reach a top speed of 75 mph. That's not bad for an electric motorbike.
If the motorbike's design doesn't appeal to you, its features will. BMW has made numerous popular bikes that encompass a standard design. The best part about the Motorrad Vision Next 100 is that it will liberate riders from needing to wear helmets or protective gear. BMW designed the motorbike to represent the future of transportation. The Flexframe that BMW fitted steers the bike by adjusting and flexing itself, according to Top Speed.
The body is flexible during low-speed maneuvers and stiffens itself for high-speed rides. The Motorrad Vision Next 100 is supposed to be one of the safest motorbikes produced.
Novice riders who feel that four wheels are better than two on a motorbike will appreciate the Yamaha OR2T. Besides the four wheels, the OR2T has suspension technology evolving from the 2007 Tesseract concept model. The Tesseract was a failure, but the market has warmed up to the OR2T.
Yahama designed the four independent suspension units to handle all terrains, highway cruising or off-road biking. It seems that Yamaha has found the formula for a successful four-wheel motorbike with the OR2T due to its refined design and street-look that make riding a four-wheel motorbike look cool.
The Bel Air was a successful car that Chevrolet produced for almost three decades. The car holds legendary status, so the automaker thought it would be a good idea to produce a motorcycle version. What started as a rudimentary sketch on a pizza box, led to a motorbike version of the classic car. The result was a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air motorbike that had the moniker Ness-Stalgia.
The motorbike might not win beauty contests, but the manufacturer deserves credit for producing a motorbike that looks like the Bel Air classic. The Bel Air isn't the most visually appealing bike on the market.
Some motorbike manufacturers are trying to stand out from the pact by designing motorbikes that look different from the standard design. One of those companies is Bienville. Motorbike enthusiasts who want a motorbike that has an eccentric design and offers great power will find the Bienville Legacy appealing.
The sideways V4 engine produces 185 horsepower in stock form. Nesbitt's addition of the Rotrex centrifugal supercharger ensures that the engine provides more than 300 horsepower, according to New Atlas. Bloomberg reported that a Bienville Legacy costs $350,000.
Since some cars have three wheels, a motorcycle manufacturer figured that riders could function a one-wheel motorbike. The Uno is a self-balancing motorcycle and has two wheels that are next to each other. Riders controlled the original Uno in forwarding motion by shifting weight over the center of the gravity.
The motorbike speeds up to regain balance when the rider shifts forward. When the rider leans back, the motorbikes slows. The rider controlled the steering by side to side motion. Uno senses the shift and raises one of the two wheels to enable the motorbike to tilt in the desired direction.
Motorbike designs have evolved throughout the decades. One of the designs that one won't see around often is The Majestic, a 1930 French Art Deco motorcycle that George Roy designed. At the time, Roy's design was revolutionary. Many motorcycle designers still explore the ideas that Roy made into metal form.
Roy unveiled the Majestic at the 1929 Paris Motor Show. The Majestic had a conventional automotive-type chassis with hub-center steering. The original Majestic had a 4-cylinder Cleveland engine, and the fuel tank was under the front bulkhead. Many riders are glad that motorbike designs have evolved since Majestic's days.
The German automaker made an impression on the market with its 3-series sedans, spawning other lines such as the M and i-series. After establishing a footprint in the car market, BMW ventured into motorbike production. Many motorbike enthusiasts had praised the BMW R1200GS and the S1000RR. One of the concepts that popped up was the Alpha Bullet, a Mehmet Doruk Erdem design, according to Maxim.
The internal power source stems from a BMW K75, meaning that the engine is a water-cooled 750cc inline three-cylinder that lies on its side. Erdem gets points for designing a unique ride, but the bike lacks practicality.
Riders who don't like the Rennaissance Fighter's design will hate the price. Confederate Motor Company manufactured the Rennaissance Fighter and priced it at $110,000, according to Wired.
Although the Rennaissance Fighter looks like it is missing components, the 1966 cc engine is in aluminum and titanium frame. The bike also has 5-speed billet aluminum transmission and a four-piston front brake that clamps down on a ceramic rotor. The bike also contains the girder fork that Confederate has garnered a reputation for producing. Renaissance Fighter isn't a beautiful bike but can reach a top speed of 190 mph.
Lamborghini isn't the only supercar manufacturer that has tried to produce a superbike; Ferrari is another. The bike has smooth, aerodynamic lines that exude the Ferrari look, and designed in red and yellow. Riders who expect good performance from the motorbike won't be disappointed as the V4 engine derived from the V12 that powers the Ferrari Enzo.
The designers also ensured that the V4 implemented drive-by-wire technology and the top tier features that Ferrari enthusiasts would expect from the Italian manufacturer. Ferrari should consider putting this concept into production, as it will garner a lot of purchase interest from Ferrari enthusiasts.
Most of the motorbikes that Harley Davidson produces are bulky and aggressive. Envisaging a Harley rider means seeing a muscular man with tattoos. Those aren't the types of riders that one would see on the Harley Davidson Topper, the only scooter that the manufacturer produced.
The Topper had a 165 cc single-cylinder two-stroke engine that was mounted horizontally between the floorboards. The engine powered a continuously variable transmission called the Scootaway Drive. Harley Davison produced the Topper from 1960 until 1965. The manufacturer wanted to stick to a winning formula.
If you thought that the Lazareth LM 847 was all bark and no bite, think again. Lazareth Motoring, a French/Swiss company, built the LM 847 and referenced the name to the eight cylinders and the 4.7-liter of displacement. The company wanted to make the bike powerful, so they sourced a Maserati GranTurismo V8 engine.
Riders don't have to shift the gears on the Lazareth because the bike is capable of pumping out 470 horsepower. Riders who have the audacity to ride on this speed demon will have to pay $215,000 to hold onto the handlebars for dear life. That is a lot of money to place one's life in danger.
Arlen Ness was a motorcycle designer and entrepreneur, who gained popularity for his custom motorcycles. He received acclaim for most of his designs, noted for unique body designs and paintwork. One of Ness' inventions was Mach Ness.
He got the inspiration for the Mach Ness after he saw Jay Leno's turbine motorcycle but didn't like the $250,000 price tag. Ness handmade and shaped the aluminum bodywork and fitted a gas-turbine helicopter engine. The only drawback for Mach Ness fans is that the bike wasn't for sale; it was a concept. The Mach Ness had a unique, futuristic design.
Honda has produced several motorbikes that have odd designs. Some Hondas were too big, and some were too small. At first glance, it seems that the CX500 is missing a component. Something about the bike makes it seem that the engineers had forgotten a crucial element. Honda made several variants of the CX500 between 1978 and 1983, including the Turbo.
The CX series has garnered a reputation for a unique engine layout, eccentric design and shaft drive. The CX500 didn't produce a great performance, and riders with long legs were uncomfortable. Honda has produced better models than the CX500.
Beginner riders who want a futuristic-looking bike that wasn't a big seller can opt for the Gilera CX125. Some of the notable features on the bike were the rapid top-end and the single-sided front suspension. The bike's handling was good, and it could reach good speed for an entry-level motorbike.
The CX125 is capable of reaching just over 100 mph. Gilera tried to make the bike look futuristic with the bodywork and the wheels. The bike debuted in 1991 and gets credit for being a unique avant-garde motorcycle. Gilera struggled to convince the majority of the market to purchase the CX125.
When Honda unveiled the V4 concept at the Intermot Cologne, many pundits wondered what the manufacturer intended. Honda stated that the V4 concept model was meant to use the power of dreams to take motorcycling somewhere where it has never been before. Most people wondered what happened with the design of the tires, suspension, final drive systems, and axles.
Had Honda produced an electric motorbike, riders could've used an electromagnetic system to ride and brake, but the V4 has a combustion engine in the middle of the frame. The V4 is impractical.
Munch was a German motorcycle manufacturer that produced the Mammoth during the 1960s. Mammoth was a four-cylinder motorcycle that used an NSU car engine. Munch used a 996 cc air-cooled NSU Motorenwerke engine that had a chain-driven single overhead camshaft. Customers could select between one, two or four carburetors, with options for 43 or 52 horsepower.
Since the Mammoth was a hand-built machine, Munch priced it at just under $4,000, making it one of the most expensive bikes of its era. Limited production began in 1966, and Munch dropped the Mammoth name due to copyrights.
British designer Al Melling designed the Norton Nemesis and unveiled it at the Dorchester Hotel in 2000, according to Visordown. Although the bike's design wasn't its greatest feature, the Norton Nemesis boasted a powerful engine. The bike had a 1479 cc V8 motor, capable of producing 235 horsepower.
Norton Nemesis could reach a top speed of 225 mph and had push-button gearshift and rim-mounted brakes. Most people didn't believe in the project, so the Norton Nemesis remained a concept. The bike might not win any prizes for its aesthetics, but it provided plenty of power for riders who had the guts to go at blistering speeds.
The first Crocker V-twin motorcycle came onto the market in the 1930s. The company billed the bike as the original superbike. The company promised to give the same classic concept a new lease on life and designed the C4 to pay tribute to the man who started the company, Al Crocker.
The Crocker Motorcycle Company made components in 1997 for Al's Classics but ventured into producing vintage bikes. The C4 has single-sided swingarms and seven-lens projector headlamp that make the bike look futuristic. The C4 has a unique design that is meant to be futuristic. Most people will agree that C4 has unique wheels.
When Bennets Insurance commissioned for a bike, they weren't expecting to see the work that Roger Almond did on the Triumph Rocket III. The bike has an aluminum frame, unique tubular front suspension/steering setup and wheel centers. Allmond also used carbon fiber for the wheel rims and needed six months to produce the prototype.
Consumers who wanted to own the bike will be disappointed to know that it is a concept. Bennets Insurance used the bike as a centerpiece in Bennett's Coventry call center. The motorbike also made several appearances at motorcycle events.
Sources - Top Speed, Maxim, New Atlas & Bloomberg