Star Trek actor and motorcycle fanatic William Shatner has started a company making steampunk motorcycles. 'Captain Kirk' will promote the Rivet Motors brand by riding his first custom three-wheeler machine along Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles later this year.
Steampunk is a design style that usually blends Art Deco futurist design with steam power, much like the contraptions from a Jules Verne novel. The Canadian actor has created the company in a joint venture with Illinois custom motorcycle company American Wrench after meeting one of its employees in a line waiting to get his autograph.
The first motorcycle, called Rivet One, was built from Shatner's challenging ideas including that the motorcycle should seat two and have a full canopy. Rivet One is powered by a V8 that could be a Corvette but it has not been confirmed. The design inspiration is the WWII American B-17 bomber. The trike has a single-sided front swingarm that steers it via two airplane-style throttles and the riveted body is made of hand-formed aluminum like a war plane. Shatner calls it the 'land jet'.
Limited versions will be made for public sale, with each made to the customer's specifications. There is no word on the price.