Motorcycle Minimalism Illustrated

Any custom builder can make motorcycles look bolder and more complicated. As a matter of fact it takes much more creativity and more courage to go in the opposite direction. Many of you may find this contraption, an exercise in simplicity, quite ridiculous. Others will think that the guy who imagined it is kind of a genius, illustrating on 2 wheels the famous quote of Antoine de Saint-Exupery “Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”

In new or old metal, a motorcycle is really extremely simple if it’s built only from useful parts. For pleasure, just add a few beautiful touches. With Easy (like a Sunday morning), I am convinced that Germany, Berlin, based shop Urban Motor wanted to add a touch of dry humor. But don’t be misled, there was a lot of work involved in making this Jawa’s two-stroke machine look like a racer.

A handmade new chassis from steel tubing, a minimalist very unique bodywork by Marvin Diehl of KRT Framework, a one-off front end with integrated handlebars, a pair of over skinny 23” alloy SM Pro wheels with rear drum brake, ultra short smoothly bended exhaust pipes, custom rear sets. an exposed throottle assembly, leather covered grips, etc. And yes, a painter worked on it, adding just a touch of gold on the front end and swingarm. Smile and go slowly…Urban Motor.

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19 Responses to “Motorcycle Minimalism Illustrated”


  1. 1 Janos Kafka Mar 2nd, 2017 at 9:50 am

    A custom that manages to be both creepy [ Tim Burton like visions haunting me as I look it over ] as well as cool at the same time . So I guess I’ll call it Jolie Laide and simply appreciate it .

  2. 2 highrpm Mar 2nd, 2017 at 10:15 am

    crosswinds.

  3. 3 seymour Mar 2nd, 2017 at 11:23 am

    haha I don’t think crosswinds are going to be a problem. very cool bike.

  4. 4 richards Mar 2nd, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    As with most of the “overdone” bikes, I find this, may I say “underdone” bike equally uninteresting at best. I don’t relate well to either. On the other hand, everyones entitled to their opinion and tastes.

  5. 5 J.grif Mar 2nd, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    Beautiful as moto art, I don’t think I want to ride it, looks like it would be painful.

  6. 6 bigitch Mar 2nd, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    turning must be a bitch as the front end appears to have a vary limited range of movement

  7. 7 JohnnySpeed Mar 2nd, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    Looks neat kinda. Wouldn’t want to ride it.

  8. 8 economessed Mar 2nd, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    As a design project, it’s stunning. Well done.

  9. 9 Switch Mar 3rd, 2017 at 12:33 am

    Gives real meaning to “Crotch Rocket”!

  10. 10 coma Mar 3rd, 2017 at 8:16 am

    Crazy project! Super!

  11. 11 coma Mar 3rd, 2017 at 8:19 am

    Cool with knobs on!

  12. 12 coma Mar 3rd, 2017 at 8:21 am

    It’ll kill your eardrums too! Far out!

  13. 13 burnout Mar 3rd, 2017 at 9:05 am

    I like it! peace

  14. 14 David Simpson Mar 3rd, 2017 at 9:26 am

    Would probably be popular with women riders.

  15. 15 cyclereckr Mar 3rd, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    Another non ride able motorcycle !

  16. 16 pj98rider Mar 4th, 2017 at 5:04 am

    A motorcycle thong.

  17. 17 Bob Athey Mar 6th, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    Oh hey ! I needed something to collect dust in my Living Room.

  18. 18 Kikker Mar 6th, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    Unless that’s a monocoque frame, (which it isn’t) that is not minimalist.

  19. 19 Wikked Steel Mar 7th, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    Much appreciation for the thought and craftsmanship involved in it’s creation. Brings a whole new meaning to “narrow glide.”

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