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Some folks just have to do things differently. That’s clearly the case with Bobby Haas and Craig Rodsmith, the idea man and the builder of The Killer Bauhaus/art deco motorcycle inspired by the 1935 Killinger und Freund motorcycle. This sculpted and uniquely front-wheel drive moving work of art is crafted from hand-hammered and worked polished aluminum and powered by an engine encased in the front wheel, of all places. That engine, it turns out, had to be built by Rodsmith, himself, since they’re not exactly off-the-shelf. Even the chassis is handbuilt, and all this insane level of craftsmanship was done without the modern benefits of 3D design or CNC machines, making it quite true to the original bike. The result is a beautiful fluidity that’s matched by no other bike in existence. The complete absence of a central motor, chain, or driveshaft keeps it minimalist and utterly stunning to behold. The integrated amber headlight, bars, and the thin seat are all similarly crafted from aluminum, and visible fasteners are kept to a minimum to maintain the bike’s smooth appearance. This is a truly special bike that shows off brilliant ingenuity and old school skill like no other.

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