Taking Streamline Moderne to a delightful extreme, Akrapovic’s new Full Moon concept bike is a tasty concoction of liquid and solid shapes. Built in association with Dreamachine Motorcycles of Ljubljana-Šmartno, Slovenia, the one-off machine debuted at the Bad Salzuflen Custombike Show in Germany.
According to Akrapovic, 800 hours of work has been invested in the Full Moon, which is powered by a 1524cc S&S KN93 knucklehead-style powerplant, perhaps the only conventional part of the motorcycle. Fitting of Akrapovic, the exhaust system is innovative and unexpected.
“The frame and bodywork are made entirely of sheet metal and form an extension to the exhausts,” an Akrapovic spokesman tells us. “The bodywork is thus part of the Akrapovic exhaust system—an integral part, in fact—and the bike itself is essentially an exhaust.”
Sporting a 30-inch front tire mounted on an aluminum and carbon fiber disc wheel, the Full Moon braking system consists of a single perimeter composite disc that is bolted directly to the wheel, along with a six-piston caliper discreetly attached to the right fork leg.
Uniquely, the bike does not require a kickstand, as its hydraulic suspension allows it to rest on the sumptuous chassis when stopped.
“Full moon is a good fisherman,” wrote Turkish novelist and playwright Mehmet Murat ildan. “Every eyes are easily caught in his net!”
Certainly, the Akrapovic Full Moon captivates us.
Photography by Alex StokelJ
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