Swimming With the Shark
Designers are always hard at work trying to re-invent the wheel, and they’re particularly fascinated with re-inventing machines on two wheels.
Car builders long ago switched to monocoque construction for tooling, weight-saving and assembly reasons, but for the most part, the motorcycle stayed with a simple tubular supporting framework as a starting point. There have been some notable exceptions like the Buell and some Ducatis, but most bikes are built around that tried-and-true frame. Once in a great while, a builder slaps on a fairing or some plastics for aerodynamic reasons, but usually for styling.
This supremely attractive machine, The Sharker, is an attempt to break the tradition using carbon-fibre bodywork to support the rider, engine, and wheels. What does all that fibre do? Lowers weight and improved stiffness, to name a couple of benefits.
But a bike is nothing without performance, and this one sports 140 bhp which can push the bike to 60 mph in something like four seconds. With a top speed of between 125 and 175 mph (depending on gearing choices), it won’t lack for top-end punch, either.
The Sharker does one other thing that most motorcycles don’t, at least in general. It looks really, really fine.
Performance is also aided by incredibly light overall weight, somewhere around 280-285 pounds, and the seats and handlebars are both adjustable to the rider’s preferred posture.
The Sharker also harkens back to the past with a hub-center steering system like some of the beautiful bikes of the past like George Roy’s 1929 Majestic or this classic Henderson. Other cool features planned for the bike are an electromechanical push-button gearbox, thumb-brakes for the rear wheels and a keyless operation ignition system which will take a passcode to start.
Not really sure if I love that last feature as having your bike start is sort of critical to the enjoyment of the thing, but they’ve managed to make those systems work fairly well in cars, so it might not be as dodgy as it sounds…
Custom Motorcycle Insurance
Tips for buying motorcycle insurance for your custom:
- Collision to pay for damage caused to your vehicle in an accident with another vehicle or any stationary object.
- Comprehensive to cover such things as fire, hail, wind, vandalism, hitting an animal, etc.
- Towing / Pickup
- Medical payment or personal injury protection to cover the medical bills resulting from an accident.
- Uninsured or underinsured motorist to protect us when the other driver is at-fault and does not have coverage or assets out of which your bills can be paid.
- Additional coverage to replace or repair accessories specific to your bike.