Sometimes concept designs — unencumbered by the need to calculate weights, measurements and legal regulations quite so precisely — are responsible for bringing the most innovative products to light, and we’d say that’s certainly true of the new Full Moon motorcycle being shown off by Slovenian automobile manufacturer Akrapovič. The bike was exhibited at the Bad Salzuflen customize bike show at the start of December, where it attracted plenty of attention from visitors and many an admiring look. Over 800 customised motorcycles were shown off in total across an area covering more than 28,000 square metres (about 300,000 square feet or four football pitches).
So what makes the Full Moon bike so special, aside from its dramatically futuristic looks? It’s a bike primarily focused on exhaust performance, with an S&S Knucklehead 1,524 CC engine: it features two custom-made tailpipes, which you can see in these renderings, an automated steering system (that reduces the number of visible cables) and hydraulic suspension that can keep the bike upright when parked. The bike was developed in partnership with other Slovenian firm, Dreamachine Motorcycles, and it’s even been mentioned by Top Gear — a programme first and foremost focused on cars. In many respects the bike is a successor to Akrapovič’s 2011 Morsus design.
The Full Moon
You can clearly see how the Full Moon motorcycle gets its name: the gigantic 30-inch front wheel, built from aluminium and carbon fibre. It blends effortlessly with the sheet metal frame and bodywork that makes up the rest of the motorbike, and it’s guaranteed to draw attention out on the road. Plenty of attention to detail has gone into the Full Moon bike, from the customised foot rests to the streamlined lighting system that keeps it visible in the gloom. The rear wheel is almost completely hidden from view, while the front profile of the bike’s design is low and flat to improve aerodynamic performance.
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