Friday, May 30, 2014

Bell & Ross B-Rocket, a motorcycle for those who really want a 1960s jet aircraft

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Always wanted to park a 1960s jet plane in your driveway? With the Bell & Ross B-Rocket, you can! Well, almost...

Based on a Harley-Davidson Softail Blackline FXS, the Bell & Ross B-Rocket is the result of a collaboration between French luxury watchmakers, Bell & Ross, and the UK-based Shaw Speed & Custom. With its design ethos inspired by the 1960s and the first jet aircraft of that era, the B-Rocket is a retro-futuristic mix of aviation and land-speed record-setting motorcycle streamliners from the Bonneville Salt Flats.

The Bell & Ross B-Rocket’s design is optimized for aircraft-style aerodynamics, because of which the bike has a low-slung riding position and 21-inch solid aluminium wheels, which conceal the bike’s brake discs and minimize turbulence at high speeds. The bike also features an assortment of aircraft-inspired styling elements – a jet-style conical nose at the front, two adjustable fins on either side of the front forks and a hand-crafter rear section that’s been built to resemble an aircraft cabin from the 1960s.

To complete the jet-aircraft-as-motorcycle analogy, the Bell & Ross B-Rocket even features two side-mounted turbines, one of which functions as an elaborate air-intake system, while the other works as an oil-cooler for the bike’s 1584cc Harley-Davidson V-twin engine. According to Bell & Ross, the B-Rocket weighs about 350 kilos and has a top speed of 200km/h. Of course, with this kind of a motorcycle, the numbers aren’t really important. What matters is the sheer cool of having a 1960s jet aircraft – albeit one that rides on two wheels – parked in your driveway. With this, Sunday morning rides will never be the same again…

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