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Motorbikes get the heart of almost every Automotive lover thumping! They’re powerful, super-fast, and menacing to look at as well. And we’ve been seeing a torrential and exciting downpour of motorbike designs at Yanko Design. Each motorbike was innovative, bringing to us something we had never seen nor experienced before. From killer speed to dashing good looks, to impenetrable safety standards, every motorbike we featured at YD broke some design barrier for us, and hopefully, they did the same for you as well. Hence, we’ve curated a collection of motorbike designs that we feel were the best of the lot! From a hybrid racer that gives you the thrill of a hyperbike to a futuristic Akira superbike – each of these drool-worthy motorbikes is mercilessly pushing the boundaries of the automotive industry!
1. The Ducati Ghost
The Ducati Ghost comes outfitted with a hybrid engine, featuring a single-drive with a slipper-clutch that can couple/decouple the electric drive as needed, “so you can either use the petrol engine in tandem with the electric motor, or you can use it as a generator for the batteries.” The use of a high-performance lightweight electric motor allowed Kemnitz to employ a complimentary small but high-revving horizontal twin-cylinder engine with a high peak power output. “Normally the weakness of such engines is that they have no torque in low/mid revs, but that’s where the electric motor assists”, Kemnitz states.
2. Braun Motorbike
This sleek bike perhaps is a tribute to the famous brand’s unperturbed legacy. Those smooth-flowing lines perfectly balanced out with the voluptuous contours, right from the front section to the rear remind me of the Series 9 Shaver and a hint of the Satin Hair 7 HD785 hairdryer is also apparent. The color scheme and the contours look adapted from the Sixtant SM31 Shaver from 1962. The initial sketches derive inspiration from the famous Dieter Rams designs that shaped the yesteryears in more ways than not, for example, the 1959 TP1 Record Player or the KF 20 coffee maker.
3. Akira Superbike
The flashy red Kaneda’s superbike from the sci-fi flick Akira released in 1988 imprinted a lasting impression for the pop universe in the 80s, and the legend is still alive. After all, who can forget the wide and low body jet-like bike speeding the Tokyo highway? This handsome-looking bike has a few real-life, street-legal avatars – but nothing that you and us can lay our hands-on and park in the garage. This Akira bike concept by Shanghai-based artist James Qui gives me hope though. Someday the Akira’s futuristic-looking motorbike will speed on the freeways, only to become a cult favorite decades down the line.
4. Hyundai Electric Superbike
Carrying a very long wheelbase, and a definitive café racer persona, Cha imagines a Hyundai superbike to be clad in eye-popping features. The beastly character on the outside contrasted with the eco-friendly aesthetics inside the guts of this muscular ride. That futuristic DNA is mashed up with the retro look of classic motorcycles just in the right ratio. Make no mistakes about its ability to whizz past bystanders with a powerful electric motor under the belly. Bang in the middle is the gaping hole which signifies the emptiness of the letter “Q” – in a way lending it a shredded athletic form reminiscent of the Greek god Hermes.
5. The Aeolian
Named after Aeolus, the Greek god of wind, the Aeolian is a brawny e-hyperbike with an aggressive form that still somehow manages to look elegant. With a muscular, sinewy, characterful silhouette, it’s difficult to ignore the Aeolus. The e-bike, envisioned by India-based designer Prathmesh Banubakde, models itself on the likes of other hyperbikes, notably from brands like Suzuki and Ducati who command the space. Its body is elegant, yet far from sleek. It has curves where it needs to, sports large forms/volumes in places where you’d expect it to, and is the kind of hyperbike you’d take second and third glances at, just to appreciate how perfectly proportioned and beautiful its design is.
6. Solar Cargo Bike
This Solar Cargo Bike bearing sharp aesthetics is inspired by the enclosed bike design. Moreover, it looks more of a Cybertruck influenced shape and skin. That bit lends the bike a futuristic appeal, fit for an unsafe world, where breathing in clean air is a luxury for most, as the air is contaminated by pollutants and harmful chemicals. So, it is much better to be cocooned inside a safe enclosure that has more to it than just mere novelty. The closed enclosure acts as a perfect base for solar panels on top to charge up the electric battery.
7. Vyrus Bike Custom Kit
Vyrus, the exclusive Italian motorcycle manufacturer having its roots in Coriano, Italy is an avant-garde when it comes to innovative bike designs. For more than thirty years the Italian craftsmanship has shaped the niche for the brand known to dress up the Ducati powertrain into machines that set any night-time highway on fire. The high-performance motorcycle outfit has a knack for creating extremely sharp two-wheelers that appeal to young riders. If the sexy-looking Vyrus bikes like 984 2V, 985 4V, and 987 4V needed an even more of a god-like appearance, something outstanding needs to be done. That’s where the VTOPIA Design steps in and turns the hot beast into an irresistible set of wheels rearing to set the tarmac alive. The AG-SYS kit teleports the Vyrus’ hot seller bikes into a predator-like machine that no one will miss taking notice of even in the dark of the hour.
8. The BMW Motorrad CH4 superbike
This drop-dead gorgeous café racer designed by Sabino Leerentveld instantly sparks the visuals of Tony taking on the bad guys in sublime style. The ability to snake through the crowded city streets in hot pursuit, or simply show off the sublime style quotient arriving at the next big Stark Industries meeting. Complementing the Iron Man helmet when it comes to life, the BMW Motorrad CH4 superbike has Tony Stark influence written all over it. Right from the aerodynamic geometric shape to the big fat wheels meant for a high-speed adrenaline rush.
9. The Spirit
Designer Roman Dolzhenko elevates the level of realism and balanced aesthetics for the electric motorcycle Robert Pattinson will be itching to drive in real life. While behind the camera Bruce Wayne is crafting Batmobile in his secret mancave, the idea of building a Batpod for sequels is not that bad. The Spirit fits in like the last puzzle piece in the scheme of things, Matt Reeves might be cooking up. Coming back to this handsome beast, the curvaceous body in matte black gives it the eye-popping tonal contrast and a sense of elegance honed by the overall balanced visual design.
10. The Ducati Adventure Scrambler
Meet the Ducati Adventure Scrambler, a concept from the mind of Nazar Eisa (who also gave us this absolute Nissan beast). Designed to offer a distinctly different experience, the Adventure Scrambler concept departs from the regular design language of Ducati’s Scrambler series. The concept’s styling really sets it apart, blurring the lines between scramblers, dirt bikes, and café racers. While you’d expect a dirt bike to be much more bare-basics and lean, the Adventure Scrambler has a more meaty, sinewy, robust design that gives it that commanding authority a café racer has with its voluminous torso.