Revival Cycles ‘Birdcage BMW’

Phrases by Justin Benson. Revival Cycles’ newest construct; “The Birdcage”, at first look – seems to be to be the work of a madman. Showcasing BMW’s latest prototype boxer engine, the body is solely comprised of titanium (a primary for the Revival crew), made up of 150 separate items, taking a full 2 weeks, day and night time, to complete welding. Virtually every bit on the bike was fabricated in home, with nice consideration paid to design, operate, and most significantly – weight. The asymmetrical body of “The Birdcage” weighs in at a mere 25 kilos, and because of the gorgeous marriage of hexagonal carbon fiber suspension and CNC-machine aluminum elements, it’s mild as a feather. The one trace of shade on the bike comes within the type of the body and titanium exhaust system, which had been anodized, including a delicate peacock purple and inexperienced shade to the metallic. When requested what the driving drive behind the construct was, head designer Alan Stulberg acknowledged; “I used to be pushed by folks saying it wouldn’t work”. With visions of the unique Maserati Tipo 61 “birdcage” body dancing in his head and some fingers of scotch in his stomach, the idea was put to paper and the crew started working. The bike was initially mocked up utilizing welding wire to get a really feel for the geometry, and as a result of power and lightness of titanium, it was chosen for the body. The main points don’t cease on the physique – the Revival crew fabricated every thing – from the hand shifter to the titanium axle fasteners. The aero-shaped handlebars, aluminium wheel cowl and rear wheel (together with customized brake caliper, brake service, hub and hub spacer) had been all made in home, and function a double nod to the Hennes’ 1928 BMW Landspeeder and Revivals 2016’s homage to it. Though head scratching moments had been actually not restricted within the 5 month time construct course of, the tires offered a complete new problem. Discovering 23’’ tires that match the undertaking intention was no straightforward feat, however after a nicely positioned name to the great folks over Dunlop, a set of prototype slicks had been on the doorstep quicker than you possibly can say Amazon Prime. Fork lowers had been fastidiously chosen from a BMW R 1150GS, and the entrance shock was initially an Ohlins mountain bike shock which the crew sanded and powder coated black. Swing your leg over the 1800cc (rumoured) boxer engine, which aluminum covers had been fabricated for, and your tattered 501’s can be resting their pockets on a customized hexagonal carbon fibre seat. After we paid a go to to Revival HQ the morning of the Handbuilt present, the seat had simply completed curing – the birdcage was actually right down to the wire. What Alan and the Revival crew have finessed right here is the precise sort of ahead pondering that pushes the trade ahead – whereas exhibiting respect and tribute to the previous. We will’t wait to see how BMW incorporates this into their manufacturing line shifting ahead. If that is what you name loopy – throw me within the loony bin.   Revival Cycles | Instagram | Youtube