The story of this new V-Rod based custom motorcycle by well known French Custom Builder Bertrand “Pikasso” Dubet is an odyssey started with a vision of what could be a modern 2 wheeler born from the indefinite design options calculated by a CAD software program. And of course, it’s not about producing beautiful and colorful digital renderings to hang on your office wall, or even about winning the most sought after show bike trophy (although it doesn’t hurt), but about materializing basic concepts into a feasible, reliable machine pleasing both the eye and the rider. As a matter of fact, Bertrand Dubet intends to sell the full rolling chassis and a complete limited edition of this new and just completed X-Rod Custom Sport model. Lots of options are available.
I will pass on the complications of this build – CAD programs don’t make mathematical mistakes, but can’t anticipate all real life issues – and will just give you below the shortened tech sheet version of this beautiful, innovative and powerful looking V-Rod Sport Bike.
Steel frame (with mono swingarm) was setup at a reasonable 38-degree rake, a low seat height of 24″ and a short 68″ wheelbase. Gas tank and fenders are carbon fiber. Powertrain is the stock VRSC 69″ engine with electronic sequential port fuel injection with a 11.3:1 compression ratio producing 80 ft at 7000 rpm. Suspension comes from a GCB inverted front end and a swingarm moving via a Fournales active mono shock. Wheels (3.5″ x 18 in front and 10.5 x 18 in rear) are the model Wrath from Performance Machine respectively dressed with Avon 120 x 18″ and Avon 300 x 18″. Both brakes are also from PM (6-piston front, 4-piston rear).
So, after seeing it (will be exhibited at the AMD World Championship Of Bike Building), introduce yourself to Bertrand and he will answer all your questions…yes in English. More on this project at: X-Rod Custom Sport and Odyssey Motorcycles. (pictures HRF)