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This Bandit9 L-Concept Motorcycle Looks Straight out of Star Trek

first_img NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski on Crashing, Winning, and Creating a Legacy Previous The Best Anti-Aging Creams and Skincare Products for Men Next 1 of 3 “The only thing that stands between fact and fiction is time,” reads a quote from Daryl Villanueva, founder and chief of design of Bandit9.While these words could easily reflect our sentiments toward technology and science fiction, Villanueva is actually talking about motorcyclesBandit9 is a small design shop in Vietnam that focuses on crafting futuristic two-wheeled rides. The company’s latest enterprise, the L-Concept, looks straight out of the world of  Steam Punk Star Trek.“The L-Concept is a tribute to our favorite sci-fi films. It was created to serve the same purpose: to excite, to advance, and to progress humanity. Whether you’re a Trekkie or a Jedi or simply love futuristic gadgets, you’ll enjoy this sleek masterpiece,” the team says on the website.The design is truly unique. The handlebars curve towards the rider, forging a unique grip on the bike that is reminiscent of space ship controls rather than your typical hog. Five white LED lights in a vertical row serve as the forward-facing headlights, and a similarly contemporary-looking grid of red LEDs provide brake lights and turn indicators in the rear. Other features include a stainless steel unibody tank and front cowl, dual shocks, a leather teardrop saddle, and custom accents. Stirred or Shaken? How to Make a Perfect Vodka Martini The most interesting trait, however, is the suspended engine, which Bandit9 admits was styled directly after Star Trek’s USS Enterprise. Here you will find four-stroke engine with 125 cc and a four-speed transmission. However, you won’t be reaching any warp factor in the L-Concept as the top speed is about 68 mph.All of Bandit9’s creations share a similar modern aesthetic and tribute to nerd culture. Past projects include the foreboding Dark Side (cue The Imperial March); the well-rounded Odyssey (HAL 9000 not included); and the valkyrie-approved Eve (to Valhalla we ride). The designs are predetermined, each bike is bespoke and built-to-order with your specifications.Bandit9 will only make nine of these L-Concept beauties and, as of publication, there are three left. If you want to engage, get ready to spend $10,950 (but, hey, that includes free shipping!). On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip Editors’ Recommendations Pickpocket Prevention: Don’t Become a Mark While Traveling last_img read more