News Round-Up: FELINE One Concept, Shark Skwal LED Helmet now Available, VMAX Infrared

FELINE One Concept

Design studio Yakouba has announced that instead of designing bikes for other brands like they usually do, they’re going to release their own motorcycle, called the Feline One. Interesting name, do go on…

Feline Motorcycles describe it as a “high-tech deluxe motorcycle, delivering a new vision of the motorbike. Its unique look creates an immediate impact with its unusual sensual panther style”. Their actual words, not mine.

It’s powered by a 801cc triple (given Yakouba’s previous dealings with MV Agusta we’re assuming it’s their engine), has a claimed dry weight of 155kg and pumps out 170bhp. Yakouba further describe the machine as being sharpened and expressing a fascination for speed and freedom of movement. Also, it’s unique and remarkable features make it a great candidate for Hollywood movie productions – something most motorcycles just don’t offer.

So, how much for the Feline One? Well, initially only 50 of them will be built and will be priced at around $280,000. Bargain! We forecast the FELINE One will be a runaway success and will probably feature at some stage in a Michael Bay film, like all quality things do. Alternatively, if you’re really after some ‘sensual panther’ action, get some Sex Panther cologne and save a bit of money.


Shark Skwal LED Helmet now Available

French helmet manufacturer Shark likes to mix things up. They’ve begun to use bamboo in the interior of some of their helmets and now they’ve released the Shark Skwal LED helmet – the first (we think) motorcycle helmet to feature integrated LED lights for better safety.

In addition to the battery powered LEDs (which can be turned on or off with the touch of a button), the Skwal also features an inbuilt sun visor plus a pinlock system to reduce fogging of the visor.

Available in a range of colors and designs, the Shark Skwal LED replaces the long running (and very successful) Shark S900 and is priced from £189.99.

Shark Skwal LED Motorcycle Helmet


Yamaha VMAX Infrared

Yamaha has announced another 30th anniversary special edition of the VMAX, this time in collaboration with German custom builder JvB-moto. To be called the Infrared,

The Cologne based custom builder is a long-time fan of the VMAX, and credits the machine as one of the sparks that ignited his passion in motorcycles at the age of 15 in 1985. Despite not being available in Germany at the time due, the VMAX has inspired JvB-moto’s Jens vom Brauck to this day, where he has finally had the opportunity to pour that passion into this stunning creation.

JvB-moto’s vision for the VMAX Yard Built special was to transfer the stock VMAX into a radical dragster meets café racer concept, exaggerating the power for all to see. A second key element in the design is a tribute to the 30-year history of the machine, encapsulating elements from the first roll out of the bike in 1985.

Starting at the front end, a custom-made aluminium mudguard sits below a JvB-moto signature style custom carbon fibre headlight unit integrated into the front forks and Motogadget indicators above custom carbon wheel covers. Modified aftermarket clip-on bars add the café racer element and the rider looks down on an authentic American dragster rev counter by Autometer.

A custom carbon tank cover sits over a heavily modified airbox and electrics and is complemented by special air intake scoops crafted from stock aluminium units taken from the original 80’s VMAX.

It’s an absolutely fantastic looking machine and one that many would argue is how the VMAX should actually have looked in the first place. Let’s hope that Yamaha catch on and offer it for sale.


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