When you hear a motorcyclist disparagingly talking about cages, chances are he’s complaining about cars. But in the future, he could just as easily be complaining about the Exodus motorcycle, from Suprine.
This bike takes a 1200 cc BMW motor (with five speeds and reverse) and builds a recumbent motorcycle around it. It’s only 24 inches wide, and 43.5 inches high. There’s only seven inches of ground clearance between the rider and Mother Earth. The designers say the center of gravity is about a foot lower than on a normal motorcycle.
Unlike many motorcycle built along these lines, the Exodus lets the rider put his or her feet down at a stop. It weighs 680 lbs, will do 0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds, has a top speed of 155 mph and gets a claimed 80 mpg at 55 mph – all very respectable figures.
There are 17-inch wheels front and rear, with dual 12.5-inch cross-drilled floating Brembo discs up front and a single 11.2-inch solid floating rotor in back, also from Brembo. The brakes have integrated BMW ABS.
All the wear parts are standard BMW items, and the Exodus also has BMW handlebar grips and hydraulic controls, heated grips, alloy footpegs and linkages, cruise control, power center stand, digital communications and anti-theft system. They’ve cannibalized quite a few bits from the K1200LT donor bike.
Of course, the bike has a shaft drive. The windshield is made from Perspex, and there’s a five-point harness keeping the rider strapped in. That way, you can tell your friends you’re a safe rider – you always wear your seat belt.
Want more details? Check out the Suprine website.
Want one? Pricing starts around $55,000 US – custom versions could cost up to $150,000 US.
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Similar idea to the Ecomobile, from back in the ’90s, that oddly enough also used a BMW motor. They also made a 2-seater. It had training wheels that deployed when it dropped below a certain speed.
I faintly recall that machine. I think this one is super cool, but perhaps even more impractical than a Jesse James chopper and just as expensive.