The customized bike scene is rife with new and modern concepts. From genre-bending initiatives to fastidious restorations, builders usually do essentially the most with the least. Generally, that adversity births out-of-the-box designs. In different situations, these financial constraints restrict the artist’s expression. Each appear to be true in the case of Valen Zhou’s Sprinter idea.
The China-born, Milan-based photographer is a self-proclaimed moto fanatic. Given his creative background, Zhou got down to construct a board tracker like none earlier than it. He begins by cheery-picking second-hand bicycle, vehicle, and bike elements, all of which lend to the Sprinter’s hand-made, Mad Max aesthetic.
From the motorcycling world, Zhou repurposes a Kawasaki KZ250 engine to energy the two-wheeled demise entice. Fortunately, the air-cooled, four-stroke single musters simply 17 horsepower. That solely appears to encourage Zhou to go to the Darkside, equipping the Sprinter with a rear automotive wheel. The entrance wheel consists of a Honda CG125 hub, a motorbike rim, and a customized aero-disc cowl, however that doesn’t cease the newbie builder from MacGyvering his personal rickety model of a hub-center steering entrance finish.
“I principally constructed the suspension freehand, similar to enjoying with Lego,” Zhou admitted to Bike Exif. “It’s fully designed in line with my very own creativeness, so there will likely be huge issues, haha.”
Bringing all the weather collectively, Zhou fabricates a bicycle-style body and single-sided swingarm. A 500 ml gasoline tank tucks behind the seat submit whereas an aptly-placed hearth extinguisher offers some semblance of security. The comingled customized might not go straightforward on the eyes, but it surely’s laborious to not bodily cringe when wanting from the construct’s bicycle seat to its drop-style handlebars.
Apparently, its security and magnificence be damned in the case of Zhou’s Sprinter. It might not qualify as eye sweet, however the Sprinter definitely qualifies as a dialog starter.