Built from a 1981 Lemans Mk II, this Death Machines of London Moto Guzzi Airtail Motorcycle is an original work of functional minimalism. The process began with the complete disassembly of the donor bike, which was then blasted to remove any dirt or debris. As it was rebuilt, the bike's 950cc engine gained a new crankshaft, heads, vales, and carbs, while the frame holding it was delugged and airtailed at the suggestion of its new owner. The original, restored gauges sit in a new dash with 1940 Merlin Spitfire aviation warning lights and switch, and it's finished with a glossy Italian Red frame, satin Old English white on the front, and exposed metal on the rear of the tank.
Although it's just a running prototype — production models aren't expected to roll off the line until 2018 — the Vanguard Roadster Motorcycle is worth getting excited about. The engine serves a dual purpose by both powering the bike and serving as its frame, giving the bike a novel look that's helped along by the integrated exhaust and low-slung, boxy tank. It also has a unitized crankcase, a tablet-like digital dash with a rear-view camera, and will be assembled in New York City at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
Looking much more like a traditional motorcycle than many all-electric options, the Aero E-Racer Motorcycle is a sleek compromise between a gas-powered street racer and a commuter-centric electric bike. It's powered by an electric motor from Tacita, maker of the T-Race electric rally bike, producing around 75hp, with a range of 40 miles. It sits on a tubular chrome moly steel frame, has a front-mounted GoPro for capturing your rides, and is finished with carbon/kevlar body work, an iPhone-based dashboard, and a roomy fine leather seat.
Sometimes companies drop concept vehicles with tons of details and no hope of ever getting made. Sometimes, you get virtually no details but assurances a real-world version is coming. The BMW HP4 Race Motorcycle is among the latter. BMW Motorrad's president has promised that the production model will have the same full carbon fiber main frame and carbon fiber rims shown in the preview, but that's about it. Otherwise, you'll have to wait until next spring for more information, like when you can place your order for a highly-limited, hand-manufactured example of your own.
Like a piece of Ikea furniture, the Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 Motorcycle has a funny-sounding name and an eye-catching design. It's powered by an advanced, single-cylinder 375cc engine that outputs 44 hp. Performance is helped along by the lightweight steel-trellis frame, sleek bodywork, and hybrid steel/aluminum exhaust. LED lights provide visibility after dark, a Bosch ABS system ensures you can slow down safely, and the long single seat only adds to the stripped-down, progressive look. Arriving in autumn 2017.
Okay, so technically it's just a prototype. But it's a prototype that can move from 0-28 mph in just three seconds and hit a top speed of nearly 50 mph without using a single drop of gas. The Light Rider 3D Printed Electric Motorcycle owes part of its quickness to its 77-pound weight, made possible by an organic frame structure that removes as much material as possible while maintaining structural rigidity. The frame is made from an aircraft-grade aluminum that offers the same strength as titanium, and the 37-mile range makes it an ideal way to turn short commutes into fun rides.