Star Trek Captain Kirk makes Motorcycles

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.
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Sunday, 10 May 2015 @ 02:58 AM ICT
It's clearly going to handle very badly, but what a fantastic looking machine!
Edited on Sunday, 10 May 2015 @ 01:57 PM ICT by admin


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