4 Motorcycles You May Not Have Heard Of

The world of custom build and concept motorcycles is such that it's impossible to keep track of every model and make out there.

From the cutting edge, to the vintage breakaways, to the obscure, they all are rebels in their own way, not keen to conform and attempting to set their own mould.


The Zero FX

Purists will scoff at the idea of electric motorcyles but the future is embracing the concept and we may see more of these on the road in good time. The Zero FX manages to overcome the stereotype of battery-strapped bicycles by boasting a top speed of 70mph on 44hp on a full charge of 70m.

It may yet lay the groundwork for the future of motorcycling. It's quick, eco-friendly and honestly isn't that ugly a machine. It’s even possible to upgrade the battery specs to get more speed and more miles under your belt.

Caterham’s Brutus 750


Designed by the Caterham Bikes Division’s top man Alessandro Tartarini, the Brutus is a multi-functional and practical machine. This 750cc liquid-cooled two-wheeler sits upon 12” rims and promises enough raw power to tackle any job.

Normally suited for F1 and sports car, Caterham's bike is literally prepared for any situation, with the possibility to turn it into a snowmobile with a few minor modifications and correct parts.

The Uni-Moto-Cycle ‘Ryno’

Is it a motorized unicycle? Is it a one-wheeled motorcyle? Actually, it's a moto-uni-cycle! Say what?

For $5,000 a pop, you get a ride that looks straight off the set of a sci-fi but in fact is a proper working machine. It's definitely more Segway than Suzuki so calling it a motorcycle requires some stretch of imagination.

This electric one-wheeler reaches a miserly speed of 10mph… though the sight of you trundling down the street on this contraption is probably worth the wait...


The Vespa 150 Tap

150cc Vespa? Check. Two-stroke engine? Check. M20 75mm recoilless rifle? Check.
Whoever said that scooters weren't manly machines obviously needs to meet the Vespa 150 Troupes Aero Portees (TAP), the French's cure for road rage.

Designed and built by the French paratroopers using only a few minor adjustments to a civilian Vespa, 500 of these were manufactured in the late 1950s, made to be dropped in pairs by aircraft.

The sobering part? The guns aren't meant to be fired while riding the scooter. They required reassembling onto a tripod once within range.