When the artistic mind is unburdened by law or general practicality, creativity can run free.
That’s why we love one-off concepts like Akrapovič’s ‘Full Moon’ motorcycle. Lights, signals, storage, and even drivability? Leave ‘em at the door. This flowing prototype was meant to make a statement, and one look at the photos will tell you if that was a success or not.
Akrapovič is a Slovenian exhaust company, so the Full Moon’s design, naturally, starts at the back.
The motorbike’s two tailpipes have been integrated into a rounded, hand-formed sheetmetal shell, one that took the brand 800 hours to complete. The pipes are connected to a 1,524cc S&S Knucklehead V-twin, which features about the same displacement as the 2015 Honda Fit, and since the bike will likely never be fully exposed to weather, it’s completely open.
Up front sits a massive, 30-inch carbon fiber and aluminum wheel, the inspiration for the bike’s lunar name, as well as carbon ceramic brakes.
To be clear, this one-off has no plans for production, mostly because it doesn’t look like the ‘Full Moon’ can really turn. It does feature a hydraulic suspension though, which can drop the bike down on its bodywork, eliminating the need for a kickstand.
“This is an extremely technically advanced motorcycle, full of unique elements that were carefully chosen to make the bike totally exclusive, and the shape hides completely new solutions used on a custom bike for the first time,” the company says. “The Full Moon is like no other bike out there now, and Akrapovič is very proud of it.”
Akrapovič was founded in 1990 by motorcycle racer Igor Akrapovič. The Slavic company has sponsored many motorbike championships over the years, and opened a U.S. subsidiary, Akrapovič America LLC, in 2010.
In 2012, the exhaust company became an official partner with Audi Sport. That same year, the German brand’s R18 e-tron Quattro won the 24 Hours of Le Mans race with an Akrapovič exhaust.