Not sure how many have heard about this already, still fairly hot off the press I suppose! A prototype FMX bike built through the collaboration of Unit and Triple Eight Race Engineering.
I guess the ideas here are nothing new, but as far as motorcycles go this has to be one of the most radical bikes ever built. Dirt bikes are already some of the lightest machines in the motorcycle world, but now they’re gone and made a purpose built FMX bike, even lighter than a regular dirt bike it weighs in at only 75kg (165lb)!! :eek:
The most exciting parts are a monocoque frame with integrated fuel cell, and the swingarm which has an integrated silencer. For any part that isn’t a composite, it looks like they threw in titanium wherever it would fit… What a crazy bike!
Doing a bit of a search around I saw mention of this bike as far back as 2003, so this concept has been kicking around for quite a while. The earlier mockups show what looks like an alloy construction with the fuel cell under the seat. Perhaps composite technology and prices finally aligned so that the prototype was now feasible to build? Finally it was possible to truly realise the goal of a lightweight FMX bike?
So are you guys excited about this or what?! Something tells me that this type of thing is only going to become more and more common as time goes forward. Bring it on.
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