Presently I am trying to compile a lot of information for a book about design. Obviously Google is a great resource and most companies strive to improve their visibility. However, some designers like to keep a low profile and work below the radar. That is where social media sites like Facebook and LinkedIn play an integral part. There are now several groups that are dedicated to promoting small niche products. There is certainly nothing wrong with large high profile manufacturers. However sometimes consumers want something a tiny bit more bespoke and eclectic.
A few weeks ago I received an email from Maximilian Busser’s other creative outlet the wonderful Geneva based M.A.D.Gallery. This business promotes the innovative work of many international artists. One of their latest exhibitions is the work of brothers Bujar and Gazmend Muharremi. Their company is called Auto Fabrica and specializes in the production of customized motorcycles. A few years ago I wouldn’t have really considered this as an art form. However, after seeing recent creations from Yvan Arpa (ArtyA), Devon Works (Scott Devon) and Yacouba Galle (Feline Motorcycles) I would definitely reconsider this view.
One of Auto Fabrica’s latest and most exciting creation is the phenomenal Type 6 Motorcycle. This bike is built around the framework of an existing Yamaha XS650 dating back to 1979. However, the brothers have skilfully transformed this vintage piece into a functional piece of art. To achieve this, they have included additions like bespoke steel handle bars and exhaust tail pipes. They have also re constructed the engine equipping it with 0.5-oversized pistons.
Overall the sleek matt blasted streamline appearance of the Type 6 is very pleasing to the eye. As these sensational bikes are limited to small numbers and take 6 months to manufacture, expect prices to be at a premium.