3D printing is a fairly new tech that allows you to literally print up various physical objects using a 3D printer.  It’s uses range from being used in the medical industry to create custom medical devices to big name brands such as Nike and New Balance using it to create custom sneakers.  It’s use has now found itself in the motorcycle industry with a company called APWorks.   APWorks has created what is now the world’s first 3D-printed motorcycle.

The bike has been dubbed “Light Rider”, and weighs in at just 77 pounds ( which also makes it the world’s lightest motorcycle as well).  It’s powered by a six kilowatt electric engine that allows it to accelerate from 0 to 50 miles per hour in just seconds.

By using a special method of molding, APWorks was able to combine minuscule aluminum alloy together which in turn created the web like frame on the Light Rider motorcycle.

APWorks is marketing Light Rider as the world’s first 3D-printed motorcycle and only 50 units will be produced so if your interested you can snatch one up for about $56,000.

BMW and PRAËM (a French company that makes custom motorcycles) have joined forces to create a beautiful custom BMW S 1000 RR that boasts both power and style.

French brothers Sylvain and Florent Berneron who own and operate PRAËM are largely responsible for the beautiful design, which is meant to show a bigger range of what one can do in custom, as well as to demonstrate that modifying sport bikes is a lot more technical than one may be led to believe.  A modification of this sort needs to be very precise and accurate in order for it to all work out correctly, however that is just what was accomplished here.

The custom BMW S 1000 RR features a front fairing that is based on a Suzuki endurance bike and has one light on the right side. Among the changes that have taken place, the fuel tank has been reconfigured in aluminum and the wheels have been replaced with lighter carbon wheels-in order to reduce inertia and gyroscopic effect to aid steering by speeding up.

All in all, this is one custom that is truly a work of art…

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Posted: April 21, 2016 in Uncategorized

“The idea with this build, was to create something classy but aggressive. A bike that runs great, with great lines and big attention to details.” -builder Willie Knoll

Clutch Custom Motorcycles located in Paris, has built a less fussy, and more chic version of this iconic bike, the BMW R9T.  The R9T designed as a Roadster and featuring a 1170 cc boxer engine has been slimmed down and made to look more like a cafe racer and less like a Roadster in this classy version.

In designing the bike, builder Willie Knoll created a bike that maintains its classy aesthetics without losing its aggressive tone.

The motorcycle has been slimmed down with an all new sub frame.  A custom fuel tank has been placed up top, while handmade side covers reside underneath, just in front of a brown vintage leather seat.  Overall, the bike sits lower, but the wheels are actually an inch larger, featuring 18 inch rims. The tires are Pirelli and additional custom components include the gas cap, front fender, and rear-sets.

While the exhaust system is stainless steel, the overall color scheme features a deep blue gas tank paired with a black frame and more polished stainless steel finishes throughout.

Like a fine tailor, builder Willie Knoll has massaged every angle into place, until the balance and flow are just right, without being showy.

It’s a direction never imagined for BMW’s best selling roadster -but the execution is flawless.

“The goal is not to make a pure race bike or a comfortable touring bike, but a vehicle that can live in between these two worlds”

French customizers PRAËM are proud to present their first ever custom, the PRAËM SP3. The PRAËM SP3 is a one-of-a-kind Honda VTR 1000 RC51 SP2. This particular machine won the SBK championship in 2000 and finished second in the points in 2001, both times with legendary motorcycle racer Collin Edwards.

The high-powered SP3 features a magnesium and aluminum engine that cranks out 165 horsepower, Öhlins suspension, Brembo breaks and lightweight Rotobox carbon fiber wheels. The rear cylinder has been built to prevent overheating thanks to the large fuel tank cutout, while the frame notes construction from stainless steel and brushed aluminum.

The coolest feature of the bike, though, has to be the integrated Tag Heuer Monaco Calibre 11 watch on the tank. The designers deliberately chose to integrate the complete watch (with strap) in its support to keep it wearable when the rider is not on the machine.

For more on PRAËM and their new and impressive SP3, visit


SP3 project started in January 2015. Complete design and building process done in-house and required approximately 4000 hours of labor. The new tank has a 12L capacity and the dry weight is 180Kgs.

Tires: PIRELLI Superbike SC2
Wheels: ROTOBOX carbon fiber wheels (6.8kg a pair)
Discs: SICOM carbon ceramic brakes (optimal operating temperature: 450°C)
Brakes: BREMBO CNC 484/108 and CNC 84 (all on ceramic pads)
Suspension: ÖLHINS FGR300 and TTX36, finished in full black
All non-suspended parts use titanium bolts.

1000cc 90° V-twin / DOHC / 4 valves per cylinder
Lightened crank shaft
JE high-compression pistons
Titanium valves
Tuned cylinder heads
Power Commander
Racing air filters and ram air
Titanium exhaust

Front wheel axle / CNC Steel
3 disc holders / CNC Aluminum
Triple clamps / CNC Aluminum
Ram air / Aluminum
Gas tank / Aluminum
Wired fairings / Stainless steel / 1150 wires / 7.8kg
Front fairing edges / Aluminum
Windshield / Plexiglas (PMMA)
Windshield carrier / Aluminum
Sub frame / Aluminum
Number plate holder / Aluminum
Modified Frame / Aluminum
Battery carrier / Aluminum
Engine spoiler carrier / Aluminum
Engine spoiler / Antique brass
Modified engine covers / Magnesium
Seat / Aluminum & Alcantara
Fairing brackets / Aluminum
Exhaust silencers / Stainless steel
Silencers holders / Stainless steel
Rear mudguard / Carbon fiber
Rear caliper carrier / CNC Aluminum
Expansion tank / Aluminum
Watch carrier / CNC Aluminum

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“This concept bike is a symbol of how modern and emotional a boxer-powered BMW roadster can be,” -Edgar Heinrich, Head of BMW Motorrad Design.

Every year I look forward to seeing the new concept bikes that come out.  Sometimes the designs look a bit weird or impractical, but when I first laid my eyes on BMW’s Roadster Revolution, I thought, “Wow this is one cool looking piece of machinery.”

The BMW Roadster Revolution was designed to balance style and innovation.  It’s rear section is made of gloss milled aluminum and fashioned from a single piece, making the rear section sleek and nimble.  Milling marks were deliberately left to create a rough hand crafted look, which contrasts beautifully against its painted surfaces.  Borrowed from motor racing, it’s integrated single seat expresses its ambition for speed.

It’s short, steep tail pipe stands defiantly almost as if rebelling against the status quo of the day.  Looking at this bike, I see a modern design with a tail pipe reminding me of its roots.  It does a great job of balancing the two together.  It’s engine spoiler has been innovatively designed incorporating its entire front exhaust silencer to meet future noise prevention requirements.

Looks aside, the BMW Roadster Revolution rocks a powerful 2 cylinder flat twin engine, single sided swing arm with shaft drive and features a light tubular frame.  It’s boxter engine generates 125 bhp at 7,750 rpm with a maximum torque of 125 Nm at 6,500 rpm.  It’s crouching posture with a focus on the front wheel and a very short rear promise agile, tight handling.

Rumors say that the Roadster Revolution will make it to production and be available soon.  Although most of the time rumors are usually not true, I’m crossing my fingers.

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Over the years, there have been many motorcycle manufacturers that have came and gone as well as many motorcycle models as well.  The list below features 10 unique vintage motorcycle models that have left their mark on the world of motorcycling.

(in no particular order)

1. ACE

Featured below is a 1922 Ace Motorcycle manufactured by the Ace Motor Corporation, started by William G. Henderson in 1919.  In 1923, Red Wolverton rode a specially prepared Ace XP-4 and broke a new record by reaching a speed of 129 mph (208 km/h), which was an incredible speed for back then. Production ran until 1924 and ceased operations after filing for bankruptcy and eventually Indian bought the rights and tooling to the Ace Motor Corporation. Because production only lasted for four years, this is an extremely rare, vintage motorcycle.

Ace motorcycle

2. Indian Scout

The Indian Motorcycle Scout was manufactured by Indian, from 1920 to 1949 and is considered Indian’s best motorcycle model ever made.  It was even produced for and used by the US army and allied forces during World War 2. The scout featured an engine size of 745cc in 1927 and was successful in winning several Daytona races.  It has been featured in several Hollywood movies including the film “The World’s Fastest Indian” , which is about Burt Munro and his attempts at beating land speed records with his 1920’s Indian Scout motorcycle.

Indian scout motorcycle

3. BSA Lightning

Designed as an “all round sportbike” the BSA Lightning was planned largely for export to the US market in the 1960’s to complement the Thunderbolt and Spitfire models.  It had a top speed of 110mph and is considered one of the most successful models not just of BSA, but of all British motorcycles. It has also been featured in the James Bond movie “Thunderball”.

BSA Lightning

4. Harley Davidson WLA

The Harley Davidson WLA was produced for the US Army during World War 2.  It’s design was based on the existing civilian model, the Harley Davidson WL.  Productions started in 1940 and ended after the war in 1945, but was revived again as it was needed for use in the Korean War.  Production ran from 1949-1952.  What differentiates it from the civilian models is that it is does not have any chrome mirrors or other chrome parts.  The fenders were modified to reduce mud build up and leg windshield guards were installed as well. Blackout lights as well as many accessories were added including leather scabbards to hold Thompson sub machine guns, cargo racks for radio equipment, and skid plates.  In total 90,000 WLA’s were produced, 30,000 of which were sent to aid the Russian Army fighting against Germany during World War 2.

Harley Davidson WLA

5. Triumph Bonneville

The original Triumph Bonneville was produced from 1959 to 1983 and 1985 to 1988.  It was quite popular in its early years and originally featured a 650cc engine which was later enlarged to a 750cc engine.  It’s named after the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, where Triumph made attempts on beating motorcycle land speed records.  In 2001, Triumph started and continues production of the Bonneville again, this time with a 790cc parallel twin engine.

Triumph Bonneville

6. BMW R60/2

Designed to be used as a long distance touring vehicle, this model was unique in that it featured a side car which allowed for two passengers to ride together side by side.  It was designed by BMW and manufactured in Munich.  It featured an engine size of 600cc and offered 30hp.  Over the course of several years, BMW manufactured 20,133 of these models.

BMW R60/2

7. Norton Manx

The Norton Manx is a British racing motorcycle that was produced from 1947 to 1962 by Norton Motors Ltd. Norton was one of the first motorcycle manufacturers along with BMW and Harley.  Norton took part in every Isle of Man TT race from the very first one starting in 1907 up until the 1970s without missing a beat-a record no other motorcycle manufacturer holds. The top speed of the Norton Manx was about 150mph making it quite unique and formidable contender for its time.

Norton Manx

8. BMW R32

The BMW R32 was BMW’s first motorcycle ever produced.  It was manufactured in 1919 and featured a M2B33 engine which had a displacement of 494 cc. The engine produced 8.5 hp (6.3 kW), giving the R32 a top speed of 59mph (95 km/h).  Nearing 100 years old, it is an extremely rare motorcycle and has fetched upwards of $168,000 at a recent auction.


9. Brough Superior SS

The Brough Superior SS 100 was designed and built by George Brough in Nottingham England in 1924.  Sixty nine SS100s were produced in 1925 making this model extremely rare and valuable. Considered the Rolls Royce of motorcycles, all bikes came with a guarantee that they were capable of doing 100 mph (160 km/h). It is unique to note that Brough’s workmanship helped developed the features of the early Harley Davidson forks on their motorcycles.  The most valuable of the Brough models is the1934 Brough Superior 8/75hp.  T.E. Lawrence, aka “Lawrence of Arabia”, was particularly fond of them and had owned 4 of them in during his lifetime.

Brough Superior SS

10.  Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans

Released in 1976, the Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans was styled as a cafe racer but built with a V-Twin engine with a longitudinal crank.  The engine pushed out a total of 71 hp, throttling the Le Mans to a max speed of 130mph.  It was named after the 24 hours of Le Mans endurance race track in France.

Moto Guzzi Le Mans

If you have any comments about the motorcycles featured in this list or would like to add to this list, please feel free to comment in the comment section.  Also, don’t forget to check out our huge inventory of motorcycle parts and accessories for vintage makes we have including BSANorton, and Triumph motorcycle models.



         As electric motorcycles are slowly starting to become more popular throughout the industry, many riders have begun to debate as to what’s better to own? Traditional motorcycles using gas or electric motorcycles using battery power?  There certainly are a lot of pros and cons to having a traditional bike as there are pros and cons to having an electric motorbike.  More than anything though, I think it all boils down to peoples individual values and wants.

          If you’re all about limiting pollution and promoting “green” energy and also interested in saving some “green” in your wallet, then electric is the way to go.  Traditional bikes however offer more speed and more options in terms of motorcycle makes and model availability.  If you’re going to spend some serious cash on a bike, you want it to have some umph and in that category compared to traditional motorcycles, electric bikes are lacking.

          Riding a motorcycle, at least in the USA, is done more for fun than for utility compared to other countries where gas prices are astronomical and riders use their motorcycle as their main vehicle.  If you’re only riding seasonal or just a few times a week it doesn’t make much of a difference in terms of money you’re saving on gas, however if you live in Europe where gas prices are at least double of what they are in the USA, then having an electric bike would make sense in terms of saving money on gas.

         In terms of the “coolness” factor, new tech is always cool, but there are a ton of cool looking traditional bikes out there like the 2014 Suzuki HayabusaYamaha V MaxSuzuki Boulevard, and Harley Sportster.  But again, it all depends on what you define as being “cool”.  As electric motorcycles become more popular however, and more companies start designing and manufacturing them, that will definitely gain them points in the “coolness” category.

         The infographic below gives a short comparison of electric motorcycles vs traditional motorcycles in terms of fuel economy, specs and how the electric motor works. If you’re still stuck deciding though, why not just have one of each?