We love off-the-wall motorcycle concepts. But so few of them ever see the light of day outside of a few choice renderings. And that makes sense because most concept bikes are crazy in their designs and would require someone of singular ambition, focus, and technical knowhow to build them. Well, apparently, Mark Atkinson – a man who custom builds a racing engine every winter from scratch – has all of that in spades. We say that because he has brought one of those concepts to life in his custom-built ‘Alpha’ land speed racer.
Based on renderings from and working in conjunction with Turkish designer Mehmet Doruk Erdem, the start of this bike was actually the carcass of a wrecked BMW K75. Over several months, Atkinson built a chassis to fit inside of an Erdem design he had fallen in love with – one based off the lines of a Great White shark and intended for racing on the Bonneville Salt Flats. From there, the pair designed and rendered nearly every other piece of this incredible bike before Atkinson built them to exacting tolerances and fit it together piece by piece. The end result is, in a word, glorious. God willing, we’ll get to see some more work from this inspired pairing somewhere down the line. [H/T: Bike EXIF]
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