Arc Vector: Now, this is a bike which carries the tag of ‘the most premium and individual of EVs’. And rightly so, it goes from 0 to 100 kmph in just 3.2 seconds, has an astounding range of 362km, weighs 220kg, and can charge in just over 30 minutes.
For an estimated price of Rs 83 lakh, you will get an all-electric motorcycle which is hand-built, has a carbon composite body, and boasts Brembo disc brakes and custom Ohlins dampers.
The Arc Vector comes with a matching haptic jacket and a Wi-Fi helmet, which doubles up as a wireless key fob and has heads-up display which shows the speed, nav-data and also the rear vision. Equally impressive is the jacket which uses a set of in-built amplifiers to communicate with the rider.
For example, the jacket vibrates on the shoulder to warn the rider of a vehicle approaching from the blind spot. If you are ready to swipe your Amex Black for this one, hurry: According to reports, only 399 units of this bike will be produced.
A BIKE WITH A MIND OF ITS OWN
Terminator motorcycle: The 2009 man vs machine flick Terminator Salvation featured a unique creation: An AI-powered killer bike which chased the good guys. Unlike most of the elements in the movie, this one was not the work of visual effects.
In fact, the 'Moto-Terminator' was a heavily modified Ducati Hypermotard 1100S with faux hardware and multiple guns. The one-of- its-kind creation still retained the tyres, the monster 1078cc engine and its body frame. While it looked badass, it was not easy for even an expert stuntman to ride it in real life, especially because of its sawed off handlebars.
The bike has a gripping 3-minute highway pursuit scene in the movie where it is chasing and shooting with its plasma guns on a truck of resistance fighters.
The Moto-Terminator bike will be on view through March 2020 at LA’s Petersen Museum as part of its Hollywood Dream Machines exhibition. Also on display will be a few other popular Hollywood vehicles like the DeLorean from Back to the Future and K.I.T.T. from Knight Rider.
TRIBUTE TO A CLASSIC
BMW Motorrad Concept R18: BMW arrived at this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Italy with a unique concept motorcycle, BMW Motorrad Concept R18, to pay its tribute to the heritage of classic BMW Motorrad model. This is a beautiful blend of old-school styling with modern components. At the heart of the concept is a ‘60s-inspired two-cylinder 1.8-litre boxer engine, which, unlike the classic BMW boxer engines of the past, features both air- and oil-cooling. However, the engine is fitted with Solex dual carburettors instead of fuel injection as a nod to the past. The unique stance of the concept is reminiscent of BMW's motorcycles from the 1920s, which is thanks to the massive 21-inch spoked wheel on the front and a smaller 18-inch on the rear. Another element that harks back to BMW’s past is the chrome-plated driveshaft which is exposed instead of being encased inside the swing arm. The teardrop shape tank is also reminiscent of BMW's early R-series motorcycles, which is finished in black-on-silver paintwork and features beautiful pinstriping. While this is just a concept bike, BMW will build a production version of the R18 set to come out in the latter half of 2020.
A WORKHORSE LIKE NO OTHER
IndianxWorkhorse Scout Bobber: To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Scout motorcycle, Indian Motorcycle commissioned a purpose-built Scout-based sprint racer which has been modified by Belgian customisers Workhorse Speedshop. Nicknamed Appaloosa, the race bike was created by completely stripping and rebuilding the motorcycle. It has a reconfigured riding position with low clip-on handlebars for racing along with a narrow tank. The most noticeable aesthetic element of the motorcycle is the massive aluminium aerodynamic front fairing. The custom motorcycle also gets updated racing ECU, brakes and custom titanium exhausts made by Akrapovič. More than 700 hours were spent in the designing and fabrication by Workhorse and project partners to build the bike.
Triumph Rocket 3 TFC: The British motorcycle manufacturer has released details of the second ultra-premium limited-edition model in its Triumph Factory Custom series. Available in a production run of only 750 units worldwide, the new Rocket 3 Triumph is a factory custom of the next-gen Rocket 3. It features a revised version of the triple which has an increased capacity of 2500cc (200cc more than the outgoing model). The updated engine produces 170hp-plus and 221Nm of torque — the highest torque figure for a production motorcycle. It is draped in carbon fibre parts which along with the aluminium single-sided swingarm gives it sporty looks. The controls and displays have also been upgraded with the latest full-colour TFT instruments. The UK pricing of the Triumph Rocket 3 TFC is £25,000 (approximately Rs 22.7 lakh).