Stargate By Garage 65. Grandioso.

Language barrier. One week that I try to have a technical discussion with the Italian Ragazzos of Garage 65 in Tuscany about their over-the-top latest creation called Stargate. Impossible to understand each other in English or French so the mysterious technicalities of this latin metal wonder will not be discovered by me until I check the bike up close when it shines in Sturgis.

So, what do I know? Stargate is the radical engineering evolution from the well known custom bike Kosmodrive the 2010 enemy of all bikes competing in the European and US best bike show competitions. Kosmodrive was full of engineering surprises or tricks, and Stargate is outdoing it by getting rid of the traditional bike chassis with the engine “suspended” between front and rear suspension!

The only thing I am certain of is that Garage 65 owner Marco Cinquini had to invest about 500 hours in computer design, then 6 more months of uninterrupted work for metal fab and assembly. And they want to make 5 of them, each with a different engine brand… The definition of a masterpiece. Enjoy the pictures. Grandioso. Garage 65. (photography copyright H. Roesler for Cyril Huze)

31 Responses to “Stargate By Garage 65. Grandioso.”

  1. 1 Patrich Hersch Apr 18th, 2011 at 7:49 am

    Stargate: the WOW factor.

  2. 2 Shifter Apr 18th, 2011 at 7:50 am

    I can’t imagine the fab work involved.

  3. 3 Ray Apr 18th, 2011 at 7:52 am

    500 hours of computer design! Motorcycle builders have to turn into computer nerds.

  4. 4 Darryl Apr 18th, 2011 at 8:01 am

    As a rolling piece of art I don’t find anything to criticize.

  5. 5 fluke Apr 18th, 2011 at 8:23 am

    A few technical points, my Italian is iffy too, the crankcase is an in house one off to make the engine and gearbox a stressed part of the minimal frame, the gearbox is a Yamaha based CVT automatic. The bike uses a Volumex supercharger mounted behind of the rear cylinder and driven off the sprocket side of the crank, the front end is a twin air shock Hossack, and the rear is also air sprung with inboard shocks. The final drive is chain driven inside the right rear swing arm, the left rear swing arm is the gas tank, Brakes are both Brakke ones inside the wheel halves. Just about everything is made inhouse in aluminium.

    Utterly awsome skillz.

  6. 6 Richard Apr 18th, 2011 at 9:58 am

    It looks like a cartoon.

  7. 7 Sid Apr 18th, 2011 at 10:25 am

    What a beautiful monster! I am all eyes! space bike…Star wars)

  8. 8 Greg Lange Apr 18th, 2011 at 11:09 am

    as motorized art, this is absolutely amazing, but this is as much a motorcycle as I am a ham sandwich. Teh craftsmanship is off the charts, but these works do not fall into the motorcycle category in my opinion. Great work guys! Beautiful peice of art.

  9. 9 Bradley Apr 18th, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Recession didn’t halt luxury spending to win bike shows. I guess it’s good for the industry.

  10. 10 Alan K Apr 18th, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    No wonder the Renaissance started in Florence, this is an amazing piece of engineering. Not just the frame/no frame suspension, but the motor /transmission with internal supercharger and lubrication, the direct drive to the rear wheel, the wheels with mid brake calipers and rotors. It’s definitely not a chopper…

  11. 11 Eric Maurer Apr 18th, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    This bike is totally amazing!

  12. 12 1550tc Apr 18th, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    unreal SHOWBIKE, i respect the work, design, cash and guts it takes to start and finish these bikes BUT for me if you cant ride it for at least 300-400 miles a day its of not much use to me

  13. 13 Conrad Nicklus Apr 18th, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    I LOVE that bike!! Looks amazing, execution was perfect and idea is ridiculous!!!! Great job!!!!

  14. 14 Fries Apr 18th, 2011 at 6:33 pm


  15. 15 Eric Maurer Apr 18th, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    this is the kind of bike I would like in action (like Goldammer on his bikes at Bonneville). Form is awesome but function is where you get my vote. Let’s see this thing on the road, salt, track, etc.

  16. 16 Neo Dutch Apr 18th, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Those who can, do. Those who can’t, criticise on meassage boards.

  17. 17 Wiz Apr 18th, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    BUZZARE!! I totally respect the design, engieering, and fabrication of this piece of mechanical art. However, as Chief Dan George said in the movie “The Outlaw Jose Wales”, when he was holding up a piece of hard, rock candy to the sun, “It ain’t fer eatin’, it’s fer lookin’ at!” This bike ain’t fer ridin’, it’s fer lookin’ at! Wiz

  18. 18 fluke Apr 19th, 2011 at 12:06 am

    I am very anti unrideable bikes, but this one looks rideable to me, perhaps not practice or comfortable, but definitely functional.

    I just finished reading Tony Foale’s awesome book on motorcycle suspension and chassis design, using that as a basis for judgement, this bike looks better designed and better handling than 99% of the plethora of lookalike custom bikes out there. Take away all the in your face bling factor, what is left looks a well designed sportbike with just a couple of odd features.

    Brakko brakes have been around for 15 years and work brilliantly, tyre size is a theoretical ideal for good handling, riding position looks like standard litre sport-bike, Hossack style front ends are one of the best performing types with great anti dive capabilities, and from experience I know the rear blower set up is workable and tidy looking.

  19. 19 ROCKSTAR Apr 19th, 2011 at 12:21 am

    amazing. sculptural.

  20. 20 baddad Apr 19th, 2011 at 3:03 am

    I saw it in Verona. State of art.

  21. 21 Old Skool Apr 19th, 2011 at 8:08 am

    Extremely well designed and constructed. Certainly one of the most effectively engineered bikes I’ve seen. Much respect to the time and effort put into this bike.

  22. 22 Jeff Nicklus Apr 19th, 2011 at 10:29 am


    Over & Out,


  23. 23 maroco Apr 19th, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Me piace molto, un capolavoro della tecnica e delle meccanica.

  24. 24 live2rideaglide Apr 19th, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Weird and way cool all at the same time. Balissimo , probably mispelled but my heart is in the right place.

  25. 25 Chris Apr 19th, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    I love the Italians. It seems like they either build the weirdest looking stuff or the most beautiful designs anyone’s ever laid eyes on. This is a fantastic bike but the Harley motor pulls it backward 40 years. It should have a Ducati twin instead. No matter, it’s the liquid aluminum that makes people drool.

  26. 26 cyclereckr Apr 19th, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    NUTZ !

  27. 27 Wikked Steel Apr 20th, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    This is the most beautiful and awesome engineered bike I have ever seen. Absolutely out of this world fantastic!

  28. 28 jatinder pal Apr 21st, 2011 at 1:19 am

    Just look at the stance…..pure mean looking.
    Great work.

  29. 29 Steve Hog Radio Producer Apr 21st, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    I will second or third or fourth that WOW!

    I would love to see what it looks like up close.

  30. 30 Masimiliano Apr 23rd, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Anche quest’anno Marco ha fatto parlare di se nel bene e nel male ,comunque questa moto rimane un vero capolavoro.Ricordiamoci che è stato costruito tutto compreso il motore.
    Vedremo a stargis….

  31. 31 nicker Apr 25th, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    Very VERY Cool….!!!


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