And you thought your bike was stealth. The Bandit9 Nero Motorcycle ($TBA) redefines the term by offering a completely matte black build, leaving only the headlamp and taillight unaffected by the darkness. It's based on the Chang Jiang 750, and features a rebuilt engine and transmission, 19-inch wheels — spoke in the front, alloy in the rear — and a host of custom parts, including the exhaust, gas tank, handlebar, rear fender, and seat. [via]
We're not sure how we'd describe the opposite of chrome, but we can tell you that the Hammarhead Ninety-Two Motorcycle ($16,500) personifies the idea. This sparse, black bike is based on an '07-'08 Triumph Bonneville, powered by an 865cc Twin engine, and sports custom intakes, Keihin FCR carbs, a Zard exhaust, an aggressive suspension, spoke wheels, marine-grade materials for the fenders and seat, and plenty of similarly rugged matte black paint.
Inspired by Harley's board racers of the 1920s, the Shaw F1-XLR Harley Nightster Motorcycle ($TBA) also takes some design cues from an unlikely place — high-end racing. Decked out in the same smoke grey paintwork as the McLaren Formula One team, this Nightster features a 1200 V-twin engine with a ram-air intake, a custom set of exhaust pipes, upside-down forks taken from a VRSCF V-Rod Muscle matched to clip-on bars, a small, race-style rear fender — complete with number marking — and 21-inch Performance Machine wheels, all of which help to give it an identity all its own. [via]