Forget The Superlight Motorcycle…This One Is Made Of Stone!
Heavyweight Two-Wheelers: The Stone Motorcycle
Updated August 17, 2018
Yeah, all the bodywork from this motorcycle is made of stone. It’s an actual stone motorcycle. Thanks to an awesome competition from Custombike magazine from Germany, and transmitted across the internet by bikeexif, we’ve now had a glimpse at a Honda CX500 that features some seriously heavy bodywork. 60 kilos of it, in fact.
Forget Ducati’s all-new Superleggera, or BMW’s incredible HP4 Race carbon concept…because if you’re looking for a bike with truly astounding weight figures that’s guaranteed to turn heads, then this is the bike for you. She’s no size zero by any stretch of the imagination, but what this stone motorcycle lacks in super lightweight characteristics, it makes up for in enthusiasm and…weirdness.
This rather incredible build is the work of Germany’s Chris Zernia, and we’ve never seen anything quite like it before. Usually, custom motorcycles are the stomping ground for mechanics and fabricators, not stonemasons, but this… is something quite special. Made from basalt, and hand carved down from 450 kilograms of volcanic rock into the shape of a svelte (?) 60 kilos worth of motorcycle bodywork, this is weight reduction on an unprecedented scale – depending on which way you look at it, of course.
The tank, saddle, tail piece, front fairing and number board have all been nicely transplanted on top of the 1982 Honda CX500 base…which had to have some serious reinforcement to keep it all held together. The frame now has 4mm steel tubes to keep the stonework in check, and wears Honda VT600 forks at the front, and Harley Dyna Glide rear shocks. Oh, and the LED headlight is held on with glue. Obviously.
It’s not going to win any points for performance, but it’s an unorthodox build, and that’s why we like it. If you’re bored of the usual builds you see doing the rounds, perhaps you should give this a guy a call to set you up with a Flintstones inspired ride, or check out the builds from Revatu – another leftfield bike building company with big ideas…