Vietnamese custom motorcycle maker Bandit9 has unveiled its new Supermarine motorcycle, a machine that appears to have been designed in a sci-fi anime, according to a report by New Atlas reveals.
The Supermarine is named after the British engineering company that built the iconic WWII Spitfire fighter plane, and its aesthetic is anything but retro. Nowadays, so many motorcycle concepts go for this futuristic Akira look that it may seem a bit played out, but the Supermarine stands out in several concrete ways.
The special thing about the machine is its 7075 aluminum frame, which Bandit9 says is typically used in missiles and other defense applications. Buyers have the choice of covering the chassis with ABS plastic or a lighter carbon fiber body to reduce weight, allowing for a bit more speed.
A sci-fi machine inspired by rays
The Supermarine’s otherworldly sci-fi aesthetic is due in large part to this stingray-inspired chassis. The sea creature-like body folds into two separate wings to cover the 900cc liquid-cooled, 8-valve, SOHC Triumph Twin engine, which can also be upgraded to 1,200cc.
The 900cc version produces 59 lb-ft of torque at 3,800 rpm and reaches a top speed of 193 km / h (120 mph), while the 1,200 cm3 version produces 83 lb-ft at 4 250 rpm and can go up to 210 km / h (130 mph). The bike weighs approximately 216 kg (476 lbs) in its base configuration and can weigh 190 kg (419 lbs) if upgraded. The futuristic machine also features electronic fuel injection, a stainless steel exhaust system that can be upgraded to titanium, and a custom LED display.
In the description of the Supermarine’s unveiling video (above), Bandit9 says “ta Supermarine is not a custom motorcycle. It was built from the ground up by the new aerospace engineering team at Bandit9 headquarters.“The company says it is moving away from from handcrafted motorcycles to precision bicycle building. Bandit9 did not give any details on the Supermarine’s price, although it does indicate that the first deliveries are expected to take place as early as December.