One of the unsung geniuses of motorcycle design is the Frenchman Claude Fior. This 300km/h race bike is typically unusual: check out the front suspension, a wishbone-style arrangement with a Koni shock absorber. The engine was also French, designed and built by JPX of Le Mans. It was a liquid-cooled two-stroke inline four, tuned to…
Yes, there was once a Lamborghini motorcycle. In the mid 1980s, Lamborghini owner Patrick Mimran commissioned the French company Boxer Design and the frame specialist Claude Fior to create a limited edition sportbike. It had an aluminum frame and a Kawasaki engine, and depending on whom you ask, between five and forty were built.
The builder of this machine is Mike LaFountain, and his philosophy is simple: “I’m always trying to change proportions and form new lines to create a unique look, which stems from my love of vintage GP race bikes.”
In the 12th arrondissement of Paris, home to the Bastille opera house, is a small workshop called Clutch Custom. It’s one of those places where you can buy old components, get a custom part machined up, and occasionally buy a complete motorcycle—like this BMW R75/6.