Clean and Minimalist, This 'Samurai' Moto Is Sharper Than Any Sword

A tribute to Japan's original road warrior

By Evan Bleier

 
Clean and Minimalist, This 'Samurai' Moto Is Sharper Than Any Sword
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10 April 2017

Drifters. Rovers. Wanderers.

In addition to being katana-wielding angels of vengeance, samurais were also all of the above.

With that in mind, the dynamic designer duo of Artem Smirnov and Vladimir Panchenko created a concept motorcycle worthy of Japan’s storied road warriors.

A forward-thinking design with a minimalist look and straight lines, the “Motorbike from Great Japan” project calls for a carbon body, exposed rear shocks and a seat that moves for comfort.

Concept Bike (8 images)

"The Japanese approach to design has always been original, which is the foundation of culture with its art of origami and the samurai spirit," the designers explain. “The simplicity and sense of space today are recognized in the industrial design of the Japanese brands. But for some reason, this approach is now rarely used in the design of Japanese cars and motorcycles."

Sadly, the bike is about as real as Godzilla, but we’ve got our fingers crossed it gets made. If it does, you'll wanna get yourself a samurai helmet to avoid committing the moto-equivalent of hara-kiri.

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