Derringer Bespoke Motorbikes Collection. I Want One.

I fell in love at first sight with these motorbikes, modern interpretation of board track racing motorcycles. Evocation of banked wood motordromes, of smell of fuel, of speed, of danger, of checkered flag… Each Derringer cycle is custom built and no two are exactly alike. But all succeed with a design at the intersection of nostalgia and adrenaline.

They perfectly capture the simple, pared-down, aggressiveness of early motorsports although they are equipped with a small 49cc four stroke engine meeting stringent CARB tier 3 emission standards. Superb fuel efficiency with a range of 180 miles per gallon. GGB gearbox with centrifugal clutch and freewheel allowing  pedals to remain stationary while using engine. 70mm drum front brake, coaster rear brake, and any combination of paint, seat, handlebars, wheels, and other options you’d like. These include such refined details as hammered copper rivets, hand-made leather saddles and white tires. Fuel Tank: 1.8 US Gallon, 87 Octane. Engine Oil: .26 US Quart. Price? TBA. Derringer Cycle.

10 Responses to “Derringer Bespoke Motorbikes Collection. I Want One.”

  1. 1 Dale Aug 3rd, 2011 at 10:14 am

    These are very cool… modern day board track racers. I want one.

  2. 2 Kirk Perry Aug 3rd, 2011 at 10:38 am

    How much? That’s how I got started. 3/4 hp. lawnmower Briggs& Stratton motor fastened to a girls bicycle that had a square plate welded to the bottom frame loop. The pedal assembly was removed and two 3/4″ extended “J” rod for footrests.
    Direct drive (26″) fan belt to a solid pulley on the motor and a 26″ rear fan belt pulley (made for this purpose in the 1950’s), and available at only one outlet in Houston. No cowardly brakes here. Push to start, kill the motor with a grounding strap to make the machine stop.
    Would probably do 25-30 mph, but it felt like 60 mph.
    Scooters like this will probably replace custom non-EPA compliant “home built” Harley’s in California. The motorbike shown above lends itself to customization and completely overhauls two-wheeled transpo out west. Instead of motorcycles on freeways, we’re begin seeing these little puddle-jumpers running around on surface streets….terrorizing.
    It’s the same thugs riding them, that used to ride old Knucks, Triumphs and Panheads only these affordable new mode of wheels are being be customized in the same way full size motorcycles used to.
    The advantages are, that you can get away with riding without a helmet, license plates, or any DMV action whatsoever, which will also lure the formation of “scooter gangs” and a “motorbikes from Hell” cult, for poz and then what?? …. basically ruin young lives is what. I’ve seen several of these little so & so’s nested next to each other in the lot at Del Mar, like bed bugs. There so thin, they don’t take up any room. You can fit five of them sandwiched together in a broom closet.
    We were out in east county, 60 miles from nowhere, and here’s one of these little bikes storming up a hill beside us, with the rider leaning over the handlebars to try and make it go faster. Boy Howdy!
    But, don’t let that stop youses. Ride free. 🙂

  3. 3 JJ - moto addict Aug 3rd, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Derringer bikes make me want to change jobs just so I can commute to work on this work of art.

    Bring the price down to 2k and count me in.

  4. 4 Fred Klaiss Aug 3rd, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Whizzer with an attitude. If you remember Whizzer motorbikes, you’re old!

  5. 5 KAOS Aug 3rd, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    down to $2000.00? how much are they? they do look like a lot of fun

  6. 6 Georgia boy Aug 3rd, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    One of the press links stated “starting about $3,500.00”

  7. 7 john reed Aug 3rd, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    See if you can get one in time to bring it to Sturgis,
    You would look really cool especially if you wear your beeny.
    see you in a couple of days

  8. 8 Kirk Perry Aug 3rd, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    ~ The exhaust is about as cool as you can get. ~
    Remove the fancy right-side cover and you’ve got…..wait a minute, you don’t even have to remove the cover, I can see where there’s a cut-out for a rope starter – it’s a “Briggs” engine structure. 🙂
    Woulda’ liked to have a twist-grip growing up, instead of hand-feeding the carb holding a bent wire and getting shocked by the spark plug – regularly.
    There’s some real thought in those motorbikes. Very nicely done, we all agree. These and the Mustang are about the only links to the past (with EPA motors) that you can’t tell are vented through the carburetor.
    A video would be interesting. Put it up against a road hill and see if and when it stalls. If it even pulls a moderate hill, people will like it. The center stand’s and painted rims.
    This is the new cafe racer. Solo rider.
    I’ve seen a neighbor with an electric “Think Neighbor” and those things slow-crawl up a hill. Bogus indeed, if you can jump in or on it and GO.

  9. 9 Kustoms and Choppers Aug 3rd, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    They remind me of board track racers

  10. 10 50merc Aug 8th, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Fucking awesome I would buy one for sure. I would rather have this than a 5k mountain bike . or road bike.

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