Motorcycle Made From Missile-Grade Aluminum
When it comes to engineering innovative, powerful and elegant looking motorcycles, there’s arguably no one that does it better than Bandit9 — a Saigon-based motorcycle company. Some of the brand’s striking creations so far include that of the L-Concept and the iconic EVE, and now it has officially unveiled its latest offering: The Supermarine - now on display at VAN DARYL
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Liquid cooled, 8 valve, SOHC, 270° crank angle parallel twin
900cc - 1200cc (Upgraded)
84.6 - 97.6mm (Upgraded)
74.1 bhp @ 7500 rpm - 102.6 bhp @ 7250 rpm (Upgraded)
59 ft-lb @ 3800 rpm - 83 ft-lb @ 4250 rpm (Upgraded)
2 into 2
Stainless Steel (Standard); Titanium (Upgraded)
5-speed (Standard); 6-speed (Upgraded)
LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT:
2099 x 778 x 1097mm
31.9 in (809 mm)
216 kg - 190 kg (Upgraded)
68.9 mpg (4.1 l/100km)
A work of art and a feat of engineering.
Bandit9’s audacious designs might make it seem like the custom shop is from outer space at times.
The Science of Speed
ENGINEERING BANDIT9'S FLIGHT AND SEAWORTHY MOTORCYCLE
Bandit9’s boss, Daryl Villanueva, was the brains behind starting the company and also the guy who realised that it had to change to do what he wanted it to. ‘While we’ve undoubtedly accomplished a lot, there’s work to be done,’ says Daryl from his Saigon offices. ‘As the industry gets more crowded, we have to widen the gap. What we need is a quantum leap that will take years for others to catch up to. So we went back to the drawing board and restructured the business.’
Bandit9 already has bikes in museums and collections all over the world—but as you’ve probably already figured out, the Supermarine still seems to be a giant step forward.
Bandit9 applied the fundamentals of building a spacecraft into the Supermarine to create a track-worthy motorcycle that is affected by the elements about as much as a fish is affected by water. The lightweight chassis was developed from the ground up by Bandit9’s aerospace engineer to withstand enormous forces while still being incredibly thin.
“Imagine a motorcycle designed and built with the same precision you’d find in a spaceship
While their previous models were all handcrafted, the Supermarine was designed and built using 3D and engineering software. Over 400 components were precision-cut using the latest technology with tolerances measured in microns. Every edge is made with intent, each surface absolute.
Wind tunnels and simulators were used to help study the aerodynamics of the Supermarine in order to develop an ‘air-slick’ body that maximises airflow on the straights and downforce on the turns.
Should you fancy yourself one of these very limited edition motorcycles. Hopefully it’s struck you by now that this isn’t any ordinary custom bike. Actually, it isn’t ordinary period.
While most motorcycle companies work on remakes and retro-inspired bikes, Bandit9's sole focus is towards the future. Bandit9 takes the joy of riding a motorcycle to a level beyond imagination.
Their motorcycles are sought after by collectors. Each model they've created is at a museum or gallery somewhere in the world. They're part of the permanent collection at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, the mecca of the custom motorcycle world - the Haas Moto Museum in Dallas, as well as the most insane garage in the world - TheArsenale in Macau.