• Oct 13, 2008
Click above for more pics of the Jaguar "Leaper" bike

Back in August we brought you some build pics of a Jaguar-themed motorcycle with a body made to look like the brand's leaping cat hood ornament. We didn't have any details to go on at the time, but a new article in the UK's Daily Mail has shed some light on the project, as well as who's behind it. The Leaper bike is the brainchild of Barend Hemmes and came about when interior designed-by-trade was doodling in his office and combining corporate logos with motorcycles. He happened to notice how well Jaguar's leaping cat fit the frame of a motorcycle, and so enlisted the help of Polar Cycles in South Yorkshire to build it. The bike is six feet long and cobbled together with parts from a 1,200cc Buell 97 S3 Thunderbolt that was bought off eBay. It can only reach speeds of 50 mph, but that makes it easier for bystanders to check out the meticulously sculpted fiberglass body that pay's tribute to Jaguar's official mascot. The finished product is a pretty spectacular piece of rolling art, so we think its dynamic shortcomings can be forgiven.


[Source: Daily Mail via Next Autos]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      It's not worth the embarrassment. But it would make a nice display....
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well, at first thought it just seemed like a bad idea. Then I looked at the design, a huge stretch of the frame without any rake so it will handle poorly anyhow. You think with what the guy was originally going for, speed and handling would be important, BUT this is why custom motorcycle interest has dropped. Its design over function. While, mostly to the designer, it looked like a great idea and should handle well, odds are it fails.

      Then you see a picture with someone riding it and any possibility of it working is thrown out the window. My biggest shock is that they did not bury this immediately and pretend it never happened after realizing the beastiality theme.
        • 6 Years Ago
        In other words, while OCC production bikes do not impress me, they still manage to make some beautiful, yet unrideable by their own admission, theme bikes. Call in the rednecks at OCC next time.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It looks like an art project from a class of 3rd graders.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'd hate to see the Mercedes version. Might poke an eye out trying to ride it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Obviously, they didn't take the looks like you're shagging a cat comments when these pictures first showed up here.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The imagine of a rider on that thing reminds me of video clips from animal planet XD
      • 6 Years Ago
      I just don't whether it's more disturbing that this wa made, or that somebody thought about it enough to do it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Here, Kitty! Kitty!

      meeeeeeOOOOOOOOOOWWWWW!!!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I give it 100 miles before that Harley v-twin shakes the fiberglass apart.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why can't people read over their comment to see a.) if it makes sense; and b.) there aren't any spelling errors, before they click "add comment"?
        • 6 Years Ago
        You're right. I mucked that one up badly.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Thats super ridiculous. It is a half-assed attempt to make a jaguar bike. The lines of the cat do match up well to a bike frame.... the problem here is that its not incorporated into the cat frame, instead they just put the cat on top of the bike and now it looks like its testicles are dragging and the rider is sexually molesting the cat.
      • 6 Years Ago
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