Steampunky concept motorcyle

This is the creation of Mikhail Smolyanov, whose concept bike designs are, to a one, wonderful to behold. Funnily nostalgic, gloriously impractical, and beautifully rendered.

Solifague Design (via Kadrey)



  1. That is indeed beautifully rendered.

    Guy needs to learn how spokes work, though. These ones won’t hold tension. As an engineer, blunders of that magnitude ruin the experience for me.

    1. I just looked back at the spokes and recoiled (slightly) in (mild) horror.  In the smaller front-page preview, the trailing spokes on the far side of the wheel look like leading spokes

    2. I think in this case we can allow that he knows how spokes work and is playing with you. Certainly one can imagine a mechanism whereby this could be accomplished. The attachment points don’t have to really be where they appear to be. They could continue into the hub and be securely welded so they would not twist. This would produce some springiness maybe, but not when spinning. What I mean to say is it could be designed to play with your sense of proper design which seems wholey appropriate in a show vehicle, whereas in a staircase, for example, the visual awkwardness might actually lead to falls.

      1. As I look at it again I take it all back. Too much stress on those joints any way I can imagine attaching them. Would like to have a closer look though. To see if he gave it any thought.

    1. Yep.

      The ‘saftey’ bicycle’ is also a steampunk thing.

      Then again so were the penny farthings.

      Hell cycling is a steampunk activity.

    1. Get your motor runnin’
      Head out on the highway
      Lookin’ for adventure
      Gonna take that exit

      Wait, darlin’
      Didn’t really make it happen
      Gonna have to wait just a little while
      the next one just might be straight
      Then we’ll explode into space


      Does look nice though.  Top score for lip-smacking beauty.

    2. And clears speed bumps worse than one of those stupid sports cars lowered to within an inch or two of the ground.

  2. Ce n’est pas une moto.  Grab a grinder and a welder, spend a few hundred hours in the shop, then you have a motorcycle.  Pet peeve, given I have the blisters from doing the later.

  3. Came across this wonderful 1931 creation in the National Archives of the Netherlands’ flickr account recently:

  4. An interesting cross between steampunk and the streamlined look of the ’30s. Other than the spokes (I noticed that right away, too) I don’t see anything that couldn’t actually be built here.

  5. isn’t the rear shock in the wrong place? any load on the swingarm would be pulling on it instead of pushing. (that’s the first engineering blunder I noticed)

  6. You guys ever been to a car show? Take it on its own terms. Next you will be saying that that cape would never make Superman fly.

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