...a bike none of us would buy. Probably.
When you're a 'celebrity' and you're after a motorcycle the formula is often:
cost ( money no object) x style ( taste questionable) / number of said motorcycles due for production = chance of you buying that bike
The bike at the top of this list almost always appears to be a Confederate of some sort. The bespoke bikes are made in Alabama, cost a small fortune and production is limited to around 30 units a year. The current list of owners includes: Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Bruce Springsteen, David Beckham, Ryan Reynolds and Nicolas Cage. And now Britney Spears is on the list, having just bought one for her boyfriend Jason Trawick. We're not sure anyone in the UK has bought one, however.
It seems that if you want to ride out the recession, the best thing you can do is produce ridiculously pricey motorcycles, limit their numbers and aim them at those in the annual earnings upper atmosphere.
The $45,000 X132 Hellcat like the one pictured to the left fits the formula perfectly and will no doubt be good at gathering dust in numerous Hollywood underground garages..
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Well Pagik, I suppose it’s each to his own thing.
I can totally get why someone wouldn’t like the Wraith, however I’ve always been a fan of the historical left hand path in motorcycle design and, like the Virus and the Tesi and numerous other oddball motorcycle concepts over the years, the Wraith speaks very loudly to that inclination. I love the way it mixes traditional with contemporary design elements and technologies, and exquisite craftsmanship (just look at a close-up of the carbon fibre lay-up around the headstock / backbone join).
It manages to sidestep my inherent cynicism regarding contemporary (i.e. the last 50 years of) American motorcycle design and speak directly to my love of bike design, from the turn of the 19th century to the modern day, and I can’t help but love it for that.
But it is a bit weird.
PS: I blame Allan Cathcart and Tony Foal for my perverted motorcycle design proclivities (they got me in the early 80s while I was still young), but, like any other long held fetish, its now to deeply seated do be denied.
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