Looking at the L-Concept bike by Bandit9, I’m not sure if it downplays the styling bit, or showcases just the appropriate amount of it.
Built as a limited edition of just 9 pieces (with only 2 being available as we speak), the L-Concept tries to bridge the gap between “fact and fiction” with a design that takes inspiration wholeheartedly from the sci-fi genre. The overall silhouette from the side resembles the USS Enterprise from Star Trek, with the 125cc engine being housed in a body that looks a lot like the spaceship’s main reactor.
The L-Concept comes in a chrome finish, dominated by straight lines and flat surfaces that create some beautifully balanced and geometric highlights and reflections. The seat, made of Italian calf leather sits within the main body of the bike in a way that retains the unibody approach, and creates a beautiful bend or punctuation in the reflections that run across the body.
The L-Concept comes with innovatively design head and taillamps comprising an array of LEDs. It even showcases an innovatively designed Flat Dual Shock for the rear wheel, keeping the overall design clean and ‘horizontal’. Designed to challenge how we perceive motorbike aesthetics, the L-Concept may be ahead of its time, but founder and chief designer Daryl Villanueva thinks we’re getting there.
Designer: Daryl Villanueva (Bandit9)