Akrapovic Full Moon concept motorcycle is out of this world

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The Akrapovic Morsus motorcycle concept.Akrapovič (pronounced a-CROP-o-vitch) makes car exhaust systems for everything from the Volkswagen Golf to the Audi R18 E-Tron quattro endurance racer. The Slovenian company also does motorcycle exhausts and has gotten into custom bikes to show off its work. Three years ago it debuted the Morsus (inset), a fluid assemblage of carbon fiber and steel with two large wheels at either end. At the Bad Salzuflen Custom Bike Show in Germany Akrapovič showed off the next evolution, the Full Moon motorcycle concept.

As wild as it looks in the photo above, it's still hard to get a sense of its proportions. The engine nested in that bodywork is a 1,524cc S&S Knucklehead. The carbon and aluminum front wheel that gives the bike its Full Moon name is 30 inches in diameter; that's 13 inches wider than the front wheel on a Ducati 1299 Panigale, 11 inches wider than the front wheel on a Harley Davidson Road Glide. And that massive rear end? It doesn't hide the exhaust, it is the exhaust - the company says all the sheetmetal in the frame and rear fairing is integral to the custom Akrapovič system.

Elsewhere there's plenty more technology, with "automated" steering, a composite rim brake on the front wheel, a hydraulic suspension so you can park the bike upright, and two LED strips on the leading edges of the footrests that we suppose are meant to act as headlights. Those who enjoy a serious lean angle, however, need not apply. There's a press release below with more information.
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World Premiere for the New Akrapovič Full Moon Concept

Dec 6th 2014 - Akrapovič has officially unveiled its brand-new Full Moon concept motorcycle at the Bad Salzuflen Custombike Show in Germany in front of a captivated audience of show visitors, journalists, photographers, and selected guests.

This stunning new concept has been developed with the assistance of Slovenian Dreamachine Motorcycles-the same partnership that produced the legendary Morsus in 2011. Like its predecessor, the Full Moon is an extravagant, technically exceptional, promotional bike from Akrapovič.

Designed to be a continuation of the Morsus story, the Full Moon has a personality and characteristics completely different from its predecessor and has been designed to excite anyone that might not have been impressed by Akrapovič's first prototype machine-if that were at all possible!

This concept machine was developed to avoid being categorized, and as such is a bike that belongs nowhere and everywhere, making it a unique motorcycle. The name comes from the huge aluminum and carbon thirty-inch front wheel, which is completely visible, giving the impression of a full moon and making a huge statement of what this bike is about. Over eight hundred hours went into creating this superbly finished machine, which features an S&S Knucklehead 1,524 cc engine and two modified custom-made Akrapovič exhausts. The frame and bodywork are made entirely of sheet metal and form an extension to the exhausts. The bodywork is thus part of the Akrapovič exhaust system-an integral part, in fact-and the bike itself is essentially an exhaust.

The thirty-inch composite wheel is not found on other custom bikes, and another innovation is a composite braking disc, also unseen in this size on motorcycles until now. The steering is completely automated, which allows a minimalist steering rod without any visible cables that would otherwise be required for the bike to function. The Full Moon can also stand upright when parked, courtesy of its hydraulic suspension. This is an extremely technically advanced motorcycle, full of unique elements that were carefully chosen to make the bike totally exclusive, and the shape hides completely new solutions used on a custom bike for the first time. The Full Moon is like no other bike out there now, and Akrapovič is very proud of it.

The Full Moon is now the star attraction at the Akrapovič booth-which also features all the latest state-of-the-art Akrapovič custom bike exhausts-at Bad Salzuflen, where it will remain until the end of the show, before heading off to be showcased at many other events, exhibitions, and fairs.

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