Today's bike is billed as the 'World's Lightest Motorcycle - 125lb 125cc 125mpg - (57 kg ready to ride)'. Built by FX Bikes of New Zealand, the 'Mountain Moto' looks like a downhill mountain bike with an engine.
I can see what the attractions of this bike are: an introduction to off road motorbikes for mountain bikers; a light, easy to handle off-roader; and the miltary in both New Zealand and the US have tested it for suitability. You could imagine an Army patrol with one of these on the back of a vehicle which could be sent ahead for reconnaissance.
Can you buy one? Well..... not quite! You can order one and they will let you know 'over the next 12 months or so' when your bike will be delivered. Also, the ex-factory price of US$3995 (£2546/3250 Euros) is a bit high for what this bike is. (Remember this price is 'ex-factory', so there are taxes, transportation from NZ, and any dealership costs and profit margins to be added.) Pity, because I think the concept is good, and it might be worth FX collaborating with one of the big manufacturers to bring this bike to the market. Either than or move production to China (like most mountain bikes), and drop the price substantially. Let's hope this isn't the last we see of it. Website Facebook Blog