Taking inspiration and the best of parts from different brands of motorcycles, what I called a Fusion Style approach, designer David Ballinger created a timeless daily-rider motorcycle mixing for reliability a BMW R100 airhead air cooled engine, for performance a Ducati front end and for attitude and style, either a Cafe Racer or Harley-Davidson Fat Bob gas tank.
David called the result a Metro Motorbike that he characterize as better looking that a factory motorcycle and more comfortable and rideable than most of the bikes built by professional custom builders (although he admires them…)
David Ballinger is more a designer than a custom builder, and his resume includes accomplishments as diverse as having designed the modern houseboat MetroShip and the modern garden shed MetroShed for upscale Neiman Marcus, and has also worked for both Harley-Davidson and BMW North America.
Difficult to classify, are his Metro Motor Bikes a new breed of Cafe Racers, of Bobbers or Choppers? If you like what you see, know that Metro Motorbikes start at $9,995 for a basic light customized motorcycle, while a full customized version will run about $18,000 for a carbon fiber tank with Brembo brakes, custom lights and kevlar wrapped exhaust. Metro Motorbikes.