Two very motivated college students, working on a degree in Industrial Design, had to decide on their thesis project and the end result is one superb piece. The M85 Freeride Motorcycle is a combination of a small motorcycle engine, from the Kawasaki KX85, and handbuilt everything else that comes out somewhere between a KTM 450sxf and a Yeti 303 mountain bike in geometry. It’s an extremely lightweight but powerful little motorcycle.
The entire process, from initial design studies to fabrication and finally the complete bike, is detailed over at the Aprilia Forum. If you are at all interested in how someone comes up with an idea like this and then follows through, it is well worth the time to check it out.
The finished motorcycle has about $8500 in it plus thousands of hours, but can you imagine a better start to a career in the motorcycle industry? If some engineers from one or more of the major manufacturers aren’t talking to these guys, they may be missing out on some great talent. Very nicely done!
Thanks to both Eric and Mark for the tip.
Another photo and link below:
Link: Aprilia Forum