barbara concept motorcycles: a roundup of otherworldly bikes

barbara concept motorcycles: a roundup of otherworldly bikes


created by barbara custom motorcycles, this series of bike concepts depicts the future for bike-brands yamaha, BMW, and kawasaki. the france-based design preparation shop is directed by the enigmatic ‘barbara’, and has created no less than one thirty-five captivating renderings in the past, all of which exhibit a unique and authentic interpretation of each brand.

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the BMW ‘R75 elvis has left the building’ concept
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barbara custom motorcycle’s otherworldly renderings blur the boundaries between fantasy and reality: while each of these bikes lend themselves to different landscapes, all of their individual styles certainly carry a sci-fi influence. the BMW ‘elvis has left the building’ is a bruised salt racer-style-bike with a retro-futuristic full-body-fairing that appears to hark back to the early days of bonneville speedway racing, with 1930’s streamline influences. in contrast ‘barbara’ takes a totally new approach with the ‘E type stealth’ motorcycle, with the headlight, fuel tank, and seat all integrated seamlessly, creating a clean, minimalist form that fits ridley scott’s ‘blade runner‘.

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the BMW ‘E type / stealth’ concept

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the kawasaki ‘W/1 calypso’ concept



barbara then forsees the future of japanese brands yamaha + kawasaki in post-apocalyptic landscapes, with both concepts featuring rustic finishes and signs of wreckage from close-call survival situations. visually, the french design preparation shop has made the ‘scout’ and ‘walker’ motorcycles look like they are assembled from scrap pieces recovered from different machines, lending themselves to ‘fury road‘. like the inspiration that can be found in great sci-fi films through the years, barbara’s renderings can serve to inspire manufacturer’s designers to take greater risks, to design truly dramatic and mesmerizing motorcycles.

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the yamaha ‘YZFR6 / salt racer’ concept one

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the yamaha ‘YZ250F / scout’ concept

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the yamaha ‘SR500 / hologram’ concept

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the suzuki ‘GT750 / walker’ concept

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the yamaha ‘YZFR6 / salt racer’ concept two


  • Put metal to pencil, then get back to me.


    JimCan says:
  • Vaporware…the 21st Century version of a 12 year old’s notepad. As Jim said, get out yer hammers, and see what those wheelbase, weight distribution, side-gust panels, and rake/trail choices mean on the road. Then give a nod to the people who design motorcycles which pass stringent noise, emissions, and safety tests, and must still attract buyers – an increasingly difficult proposition these days.

    Paul d'Orleans says:
  • the people who design motorcycles were all 12 y old dreamers
    growing up and learnings all the technical constrains don t mean that you need to put the dreams away
    so before getting your hammer, bring me a good idea to work on

    mat says:
  • Don’t forget Tron ( legacy ) and
    the ‘dreamers’ at Ducati.

    Kurt Krause, says:

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