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Exhaust and Hard Tail
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A custom build called the “Extreme Machine” lets you know, right out there, what you’re going to see before you see it. Meet “Macchina Estrema,” the extreme, and extremely Italian,. Simone Conti Motorcycles, a one-man outfit out of , created this interesting little thing for this past May’s Motorcycle Arts & Designers (MOARD) exhibition, held in Milan’s historic Palazzo del Ghiaccio.
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The bike’s design, despite its extremely futuristic appearance, was all done by hand and on paper; Conti did not do any designing. This is especially surprising when you see how the exhaust pipes curl around from the headers before exiting under the seat. That’s a lot of welds to do without the help of a computer program, and they are all beautiful.
Conti built the whole frame using 1.5mm steel around the Aprilia SXV550 engine and 30mm tubing out back. The hardtail design saves weight, sure, but I’ll bet this bike handles quite poorly in bumpy corners. Or fast corners. Or any corners.
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The front of the bike sports a forged Marchesini rim off a Ducati, and Brembo 4-piston brakes on a monobloc caliper. The rear wheel? Conti made it by hand out of two chunks of aluminum. This entire motorcycle may be a design lesson in extremes, a juxtaposition of past and present, of technology, and hand-shaped metal. The skill that went into this build is undeniable. The machine is compelling, but the more I look at it, the more I scratch my head. Is it rideable, or did the builder do that lovely little Aprilia engine a disservice?
Wander over to(linked) for more, and more in-depth pictures of this build.
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